At Middle Church, we celebrate PRIDE all year long.

There’s a lot happening in June to celebrate Pride and to commemorate 50 years since the Stonewall Riots that were a huge catalyst for social change. As a nation, we still have work to do, and we hope you will join us as we celebrate, plan, and march together this month.

ALL MONTH
Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and look for the hashtag #50DaysOfPride!
 


Calendar of Events
 

SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2019
Pride Month & Juneteeth Celebration! Worship, 9:30 am & 11:45 am
Derrick Harkins, preachers
Sermon: "Juneteenth"
Scripture: John 16:12–15
Music: Village Chorus for Children & Youth and Soloists
 

KIDS in the Middle Tie-Dye Party
10:35 am, 3rd Floor Studio & Classroom
Children and adults are invited to join us on the 3rd FL to tie-dye T-shirts for Pride! Children will choose patterns and colors with the help of our KIDS team. Shirts cost $10; cash or card is accepted.

Bible in the Middle - Queering Christianity
10:35 am, 4th Floor Studio
Join Middle staff and lay leaders for a special Bible in the Middle on queering Christianity. Bible in the Middle & Middle Out Loud group will join for this month.
 

Pride Swag Sale
10:35 am & 12:45 pm, Social Hall
Check out our Middle bookstore at the nook in the Social Hall after both worships for an opportunity to pick up fun Middle swag to use for the Pride March and beyond—including shirts, baseball caps, water bottles, and more!
 

MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019
Public Forum: Queer & Now
7:00 pm, The Delacorte Theatre, Central Park
For ONE NIGHT ONLY, join in a celebration of music, poetry, prose, and theater as PUBLIC FORUM: QUEER & NOW honors the legacy of Queer resistance and the ongoing fight for liberation and pride! Free for all with many amazing performances, featuring Middle’s own Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir. For more information, click here. To RSVP, email middlepride@middlechurch.org.
 

WEDNESDAY JUNE 19, 2019
Queer Faith & Spiritual Freedom Since Stonewall
6:00PM / Social Hall, 4th FL Studio
Join Middle Church and Union Theological Seminary for a cocktail attire gallery opening and fundraiser for LGBTQIA+ justice, featuring a performance by Tituss Burgess, live art, drinks, and more! Purchase tickets here.
 

SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019
Pride Month Celebration! Worship, 9:30 am & 11:45 am
Lay Leaders and Artists, preachers
Sermon: "Queering Church"
Sermon & Art
Music: Gospel Ensemble


Youth in the Middle – Queering Christianity
10:30 am, 3rd Floor Youth Room
All young people grades 6 through 12 are invited to join us on the second and fourth Sunday in June as we engage conversations about what it means to queer our understanding of faith and how to be welcoming and affirming to our queer siblings. RSVP to Marte Samuelstuen at msamuelstuen@middlechurch.org by June 19th so we can plan for capacity.


Sign-Making for Pride
10:30 am & 12:45 pm, Community Room
Join us for a sign making party in the Community Room. We will use these signs to march in the Pride March next week! No need to RSVP and all skill levels and languages are welcome.

Pride Swag Sale
10:35 am & 12:45 pm, Social Hall
Check out our Middle bookstore at the nook in the Social Hall after both worships for an opportunity to pick up fun Middle swag to use for the Pride March and beyond—including shirts, baseball caps, water bottles, and more!
 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2019
Queer Black Men Small Group
7:00 pm, 3rd Floor Studio
What is it like to a queer black man of faith today? How do we reconcile the god of our fathers with the god of our understanding? Through spiritual lenses, the group will examine issues that affect queer black male lives, and all our lives, and respond to these issues. Email Bertram Johnson for questions.


Queering Theology, an Online Class with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis
7:00 pm, Online Via Zoom
One of the most common questions new congregants ask at Middle Collegiate Church is how and why we are an LGBTQIA+ affirming congregation. Members and visitors ask for a theological foundation that they can share with others about our inclusive theology. Join this online class with the The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis from anywhere in the world through Zoom Videoconferencing. Register on Zoom now.


SATURDAY JUNE 29, 2019
NYC Youth Pride 2019
1:00-4:00 pm, Summer Stage in Central Park
Calling all young people ages 13-21! Join Elise for some free fun at Summer Stage in Central Park for NYC Youth Pride 2019! We will meet at the giant cube just outside the 6 at Astor Place and travel uptown together. If you are over 21, you’re welcome to join for a $10 fee. If you are interested in being an adult chaperone OR interested in attending, please RSVP to Elise at etiralli@middlechurch.org by Wednesday, June 26th.


SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2019,
50th Anniversary of Stonewall/Pride Sunday Celebration! Worship, 9:30 am & 11:45 am
Jacqui Lewis, preacher
Sermon: "Queered"
Scripture: Pslam 139
Music: Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir & Middle Church Choir


Community Fun in the Social Hall
10:35 am & 12:45 pm, Social Hall
Join us in the Social Hall to meet other congregants and to get ready for the March – we’ll have body stickers, sign making, and shirt buying, oh my! We will be in community together before heading over to our station. If you are a part of the Collegiate Church community and you plan on marching with us, please arrive at Middle Collegiate Church no later than 2:30 pm.


Stonewall 50 / World Pride March
2:30 p.m., Social Hall/Lobby
Meet Staff at Middle’s Social Hall and Lobby area no later than 2:30 p.m. so that we can get uptown to our formation block. Come prepared with water, snacks, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes. We will join our Collegiate partners for some pre-kick off connections before marching. Email Elise Tiralli for any questions.

***PAST EVENTS***


SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019
Pride Kick-Off Celebration! Worship, 9:30 am & 11:45 am
Graham Bridgeman, preacher
Scripture: Psalm 27: 7–14
Music: Middle Church Choir


Bible in the Middle - Queering Christianity
10:35 am, 4th Floor Studio
Join Middle staff and lay leaders for a special Bible in the Middle on queering Christianity. Bible in the Middle & Middle Out Loud group will join for this month.


Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir Annual Spring Concert
2:30 pm, Sanctuary
Join us for the JJGC’s annual Spring concert as we celebrate the life of Jerriese Johnson, a proud gay Black man who started this choir in 1986. Small reception to follow. Purchase tickets here.
 

SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2019
Pride Month & Pentecost Celebration! Worship, 9:30 am & 11:45 am
Jacqui Lewis, preacher
Sermon: "Speaking in Tongues..."
Scripture: Acts 2.1–13
Music: In-the-Middle Choir


Youth in the Middle – Queering Christianity
10:30 am, 3rd Floor Youth Room
All young people grades 6 through 12 are invited to join us on the second and fourth Sunday in June as we engage conversations about what it means to queer our understanding of faith and how to be welcoming and affirming to our queer siblings. RSVP to Marte Samuelstuen at msamuelstuen@middlechurch.org by June 5th so we can plan for capacity.
 

Bible in the Middle - Queering Christianity
10:35 am, 4th Floor Studio
Join Middle staff and lay leaders for a special Bible in the Middle on queering Christianity. Bible in the Middle & Middle Out Loud group will join for this month.
 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019
Queer Black Men Small Group
7:00 pm, 3rd Floor Studio
What is it like to a queer black man of faith today? How do we reconcile the god of our fathers with the god of our understanding? Through spiritual lenses, the group will examine issues that affect queer black male lives, and all our lives, and respond to these issues. Email Bertram Johnson for questions.