We believe in the power of love. Period.

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You are not alone. Whatever you’re carrying, we will hold it with you.

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Antiracism Resources

God calls each of us to dismantle white supremacy. Full stop.

Racial Justice Resources

Worship with Us!

Experience a celebration as diverse as a NYC subway that feels like a warm hug.

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We Will Fight

Abortion is a human right

When the will of God and national laws conflict, we are called to follow God: Abortion access for all. By any means necessary.

We will not go back to kitchen abortions. We will not obey this decision. We will hold each other and we will keep us safe. If you EVER need access to abortion and cannot get it, or know someone who does, contact us. There is a designated box on our prayer portal. We will connect you to abortion funds in your area and do everything in our power to get you the care you need.

 

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Happy Pride

Pride 2022 at Middle Church

Queer folx are holy. And at Middle Church, we proclaim and claimour queer and LGBTQIA2S+ blessedness. We know that our liberation is tied up together, and we center queer communities’ resilience, joy, and spirit of protest. And what’s more, we know that the God of love, mercy, and justice calls us to queerness in how we love, preach, and build community. God is queer, too.

That’s why we are particularly excited to invite you to our Pride programming for 2022. We’ve also gone ahead and highlighted our queer programming that happens all year long. Please reach out to our Director of Congregational Life, Elise Tiralli if you have any questions or if you’d like to chat about getting more deeply rooted at Middle Church.

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Education & Justice

Patriarchy Blues with Frederick Joseph

Join us on Wednesday, July 13th from 7-8PM for an intimate in-person evening at the Lower East Side Girls Club with 2X New York Times Best Selling Author Frederick T. Joseph on his newest book “Patriarchy Blues: Reflections on Manhood.”

In this not to be missed collaboration between Middle ChurchThe Lower East Side Girls Club, and Raising Imagination, Frederick will be in conversation with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis and Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft. Together, they’ll dive into his crucial handbook for our times as they discuss how the patriarchy is at the root of much of today’s societal and Religious ills, and how it’s going to take all of us to bring about necessary change.

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We Rise

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.

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Get Involved

Volunteer & Serve

Our faith reminds us that we are inextricably bound together; our liberation is linked to each other. Tied up together. We are the hands, feet, and heartbeat of God.

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Welcome Home

Community Groups

Our groups range in size, meeting structure and location, but all value deep connection and the desire to build, organize, and sustain ourselves as we work to bring about love and justice in the world.

 

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Fierce Love

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.

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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.

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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.

Give

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.

Liberative Learning

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.

Do Justice

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.