Middle Collegiate Church is a welcoming, artistic, inclusive, and bold representation of God's love at 7th Street and 2nd Avenue in the East Village, where you are welcome just as you are as you come through the door. Middle Church is the oldest of the four Collegiate churches. It was established in 1729 and was in two other church buildings before moving to its current location in 1892.
We are a multicultural, multiethnic, intergenerational movement of Spirit and justice, powered by Revolutionary Love, with room for all. Following in the Way of Jesus’ radical love, and inspired by the prophets, Middle Church is called by God to do a bold new thing on the earth. We aim to heal the soul and the world by dismantling racist, classist, sexist, and homophobic systems of oppression.
Because our God is still speaking in many languages, we work in inter-religious partnerships to uproot injustice, eradicate poverty, care for the brokenhearted, and build the Reign of God on earth. This activism is fueled by our faith; our faith is expressed in art; our art is an active prayer connecting us with the Holy Spirit. Middle Church affirms the transformative power of moral imagination, reclaiming and re-framing Christianity inside our walls, on the street, and in virtual spaces around the globe.
Come join us for worship--a joyful mix of art, stunning music, subway-like diversity, prayer, and inspirational sermons at 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
Our multiethnic, multicultural, fully inclusive staff is lead by our senior minister, The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. Lewis is a nationally recognized author, activist, speaker, and preacher on the topics of racial, economic, and gender/LGBTI justice. Lewis has been interviewed on NPR’s Weekend Edition, WABC, WNBC, CNN, GritTV, in Ebony and Forbes magazines, and The New York Times online. Author of The Power of Stories: A Guide for Leaders in Multi-Racial and Multi-Cultural Congregations, The Pentecost Paradigm: Ten Strategies for Becoming a Multiracial Congregation, and a children’s book that celebrates diversity, You Are So Wonderful!, Lewis has published numerous articles and sermons, and blogs for The Huffington Post. She is working on a spiritual memoir about getting a grown-up God.