Education & Justice
Please Join Us for Our Freedom Rising Salons
Building on the success of the Revolutionary Love Conference, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of our new Freedom Rising Salons! Throughout the year, we’ll offer more regular gatherings—each focused on a different theme—putting our senior minister, Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, in conversation with leaders who will deepen your engagement with that month’s theme. This year-long virtual conversation series will feature thought leaders, poets, organizers, artists and modern prophets reflecting on crucial justice issues, addressing our nation’s most pressing moral concerns, and what we all can do to rise and meet them.Learn More
Education & Justice
Please Join Us for Becoming Reparations People: A Salon
Faith communities around the U.S. and world have committed to making reparations, to healing the breach between those congregations and the Black and Indigenous peoples harmed by their religious institution. The Collegiate Church took its first steps on its reparations journey in 2009 with the Healing of Turtle Island, a public apology offered to and accepted by representatives of the Lenape peoples forced from their homelands by the Dutch who arrived in Manaháhtaan in the early 17th century. In 2020, Middle Church continued our reparations journey by investigating the shameful history of our founding denomination, the Dutch Reformed Church, and sharing what we have learned so far with our church community.
In this salon facilitated by members of Middle’s Reparations Task Force, we will share what we have learned and are learning about “becoming reparations people,” how even in the still-early phases of trying to heal the breach, the revolutions have begun–within our institution, within our congregation, and, as we reflect and discern together in our multi-ethnic community, within ourselves. Participants in this salon are invited to learn about, reflect on, and share what becoming reparations people might mean to them.Learn More
Donate to Middle Rising
Through your gifts, you show up for LOVE across the country and in our own sanctuary. Partner with us to reclaim and reframe Christianity in all spaces—including the digital ones. The LOVE we sing, preach, and march for is not a sentimental kind of love, but a powerful love that demands we change ourselves and our world. This love demands nothing less than transformation.
Butterfly Outreach Ministry Is Back!
Help distribute food on the Lower East Side in New York City! Make new friends who care deeply about ensuring that everyone has enough to eat. It’s a wonderful way to get more connected at Middle, and offer a crucial service to the neighborhood.Learn More!
Inspired by the Ubuntu philosophy “I am who I am because we are who we are” and explained through stories from her own life, Dr. Lewis details the nine daily practices necessary for transforming ourselves, our communities, and our world at large. From learning to put down our emotional baggage to speaking truth to power to resisting joyfully, Dr. Lewis gives readers a renewed sense of the power they have to create caring communities; to stand up for the vulnerable; and to change our shared story from one of anxiety, anger, and divisiveness to one of mindfulness, compassion, and unity.
Jacqui’s Fierce Love is a manifesto for all generations, a universalist’s vision for mending our broken hearts and fractured world.Order Yours Today!
Let’s Keep Each Other Safe
Middle’s COVID Guidelines
As we begin to gather again in person, it’s essential that we continue to do everything we can to ensure the heath and safety of all. Learn how Middle is loving our neighbors in this moment, and how you can partner in that work.Middle COVID Guidelines
Whats Going On?
Join us for these exciting virtual programs, or use the button below to see a full event calendar.
Worship Celebration | May 29 | 11:45 AM EST
Sunday | 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Becoming Reparations People: A Salon
Tuesday | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
May Yoga Thursdays
Thursday | 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Do you yearn to not just belong, but be celebrated for exactly who you are? Do you want a community of folks committed to radical love and justice? Wherever you live, you can call Middle Church home.
This movement needs you! We need your time and talent, but we also need your resources. Make a contribution today and help us be midwives to love and justice.
December 5, 2020
A six-alarm fire spread from the building next door and destroyed our beautiful sanctuary. But no fire can stop revolutionary love! Learn how we’re rising from the ashes, and what you can do to help.
Find Your People!
Middle hosts small groups for everything from beginning ukulele lessons, to Queer Black Men in the Middle and our Voting Reform team. And all of them have options to gather virtually! Join the groups that best fit your passion, and the love you want to offer the world.
How do you change the world? First, you change yourself. Part of how we fulfill our commitment to God’s gospel of liberation is by training leaders with the skills you’ll need to bring freedom wherever you go. Thousands have participated in our digital courses. Will join them?
What We Believe
Middle is on a mission to reclaim and reframe Christianity—to realign our faith with Jesus’ teaching and take it back from the folks who have stolen it. We do this work joyfully, fueled by the Spirit, and strengthened by the community we create with one another.
Celebrate LOVE with Us!
Middle’s worship is a joyful, diverse celebration that gives a taste of what heaven feels like—an experience to soothe your soul and fill you with God’s liberatory fire! Every week is different, but what remains constant is how we tell the story of love through transformative art.
Faith comes alive when our love radiates outwards. At Middle, we’re committed to building an intersectional movement that both addresses the particular needs of different communities and unites us in common solidarity. This is God’s work, and we hope you’ll join us in it.