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July 18, 2016 Revolutionary Love: Tools, Tactics, and Truth-telling to Dismantle Racism What Does Revolutionary Love Look Like? As part of Revolutionary Love: Tools, Tactics, and Truth-telling to Dismantle Racism (April 15-17 2016), Chris Crass, Valarie Kaur, and Micky ScottBey Jones presented What Does Revolutionary Love Look Like? Watch each speaker below: “We need to liberate 0
April 12, 2016 Conference Binder Available Download the #RevLove16 Conference Binder here! For more resources, click here. 0
April 7, 2016 Middle Church on Believe Out Loud Audrey White blogged for Believe Out Loud reflecting on The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis’ sermon on Easter and Broadway’s Fun Home. 0
April 5, 2016 Race, Money and Politics: Connecting Some Dots by The Rev. John Janka, The Middle Project, New York City Race-based bigotry and violence has been a festering wound now exposed to the light of day by a series of deaths resulting from police action against people of color. 0
March 31, 2016 Dr. Lewis’ Easter sermon, “What? He Lives in You!” on HuffPost Dr. Lewis’ Easter sermon, “What? He Lives in You!” was edited to a HuffPost blog. 0
March 18, 2016 12 Practices for Spiritual Dating Middle Project Leadership Initiative alum Christina Fleming published 12 Practices For Spiritual Dating: Finding A Soulmate By Tending The Soul in the Huffington Post. 0
March 5, 2016 Where Are the White Churches? by The Rev. John Janka, The Middle Project, New York City “I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, 0
January 8, 2016 Let’s Turn Our Guns Into Plowshares Earlier this week, President Obama announced he will take executive action to stop gun violence, making our schools and our streets safer. Read this blog by Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis. 0
August 7, 2015 This is Our Selma, This is Our Bridge We are building a bridge that is intersectional. Because the right to vote is our voice and power to change our circumstances. Read this blog by Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis for NBCNews. 0
July 28, 2015 JustArts Day Camp 2015 Was a Success! JustArts Day Camp, from 7/20/2015 through 7/25/2015, was a great success. More than 35 children attended, exploring art and justice around themes of identity, nature, and mindfulness. Thank you to all the children and parents who participated. Stay tuned for information 0
December 2, 2014 Ferguson Will Continue to Happen Until We Talk About Racism Guest blog from Anurag Gupta, founder and CEO of Be More There is a story that is popular in our society about millennials. We are apathetic. Entitled. Lazy. Delusional. But every single one of these stereotypes was disproven on my Facebook, 0
May 8, 2014 Ten Ways Congregations Can Engage with Social Media The digital era is the transcendence of the physical, taking us beyond our flesh and blood, spreading internet memes, and awakening a global consciousness of the healing power of the human family. Read this blog for Patheos by Rev. Dr. Jacqueline 1
January 28, 2014 Freedom Schools Are Coming This year, Middle Church and The Middle Project will join with the Lower Eastside Girls Club to create a Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School at our two sites. We will grow the next generation of leaders, giving them a healthy 1
January 27, 2014 Faith-Rooted Organizing Conference On February 1st in NYC, Rev. Alexia Salvatierra and Peter Heltzel,the authors of Faith-Rooted Organizing, are hosting a day-long conference that will bring together leaders, activists, and thinkers to explore transforming the world from the deepest wells of our faith. 0
January 20, 2014 Honoring King By Turning Guns into Plowshares – Literally Sparks flew at the Sunday celebration remembering Dr. King’s legacy of non-violence at Middle Collegiate Church in New York City. A blacksmith, named Mike Martin, literally turned a gun into a farming tool. Inspired by the prophetic promise to “beat 0
August 28, 2013 Achieve the Dream Fifty years ago today, some 250,000 people marched in Washington, D.C. for civil rights. There, in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. With the 100th anniversary of the 0
August 7, 2013 Christina Fleming for The Christian Century Christina Fleming, Director of Communications at The Middle Project, recently published an article in The Christian Century blogs on the fifteenth anniversary of the Al-Qaeda bombings of the American Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.  Read about her experience here. 0
July 25, 2013 Jacqui Lewis on President Obama and the Zimmerman Verdict The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Executive Director of The Middle Project, wrote “Reconciliation” for The Huffington Post after the President Barack Obama’s remarks on the George Zimmerman verdict. At the end of the piece, Lewis offers tools for congregations to 0
July 15, 2013 Middle Collegiate Church Responds to the Zimmerman Verdict In response to the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, our partner congregation, Middle Collegiate Church wore hoodies to church, as a symbol of all those who are judged because of how they look, their race, their religion or their 0
April 11, 2013 Conference FAQ Updated With the Leading Edge 2013: Know Justice, Know Peace. only days away, we have updated our Conference FAQ. Click here for answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. 0
January 4, 2013 Nuns on the Bus at The Leading Edge Bill O’Reilly, Bill Moyers, and Stephen Colbert have been talking about and talking to Sister Simone Campbell. Sister Simone Campbell was an organizer of Nuns on The Bus and spoke at the Democratic National Convention. And now the media-savvy sister, 0
November 8, 2012 Middle Project Young Adults Leadership Initiative Alum and Friends Organize Relief Efforts During the year-long Middle Project Leadership Initiative for Young Adults (ages 20-40) young leaders from many professions learn community organizing skills. Since Hurricane Sandy, many of our alumni and their friends have been at work coordinating their friends and family 0
October 26, 2012 Leadership Lab Graduate on “Trayvon Martin and the Stranger who Punched Me” Journalist and Middle Project Young Adult Leadership Lab graduate, David Reynolds, recently published a piece in The Huffington Post: “Trayvon Martin and the Stranger who Punched Me.” Reynolds cites the stories we shared about race, power and privilege during the 0
September 26, 2012 Rev. Doug Leonard and Hussein Rashid featured video clip from Odyssey Networks Middle Project partners and friends Rev. Doug Leonard, and Hussein Rashid are featured this week in this video clip from Odyssey Networks. Leonard talks about the recent violence in Middle East, “Islam happens to be the religion that is tied 0
September 19, 2012 Connie Rice Confirmed for The Leading Edge The Middle Project is pleased to announce that Connie Rice has been confirmed as a presenter at The Leading Edge 2013: Know Justice, Know Peace. Rice will speak about how we build coalitions for social change. Connie Rice is a 0
September 12, 2012 Former Presenter Paul Tough’s New Book Paul Tough, a former presenter at our annual conference, released a new book: How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. You can read more about his book here: www.paultough.com. 0
September 5, 2012 Macky Alston joins Leading Edge 2013 The Middle Project is pleased to announce that Macky Alston has been confirmed as a presenter at The Leading Edge 2013: Know Justice, Know Peace. Alston will return to speak about social media and social change. Media is the pulpit 0
August 29, 2012 Miguel De La Torre to speak at The Leading Edge 2013 The Middle Project is pleased to announce that Miguel De La Torre has been confirmed as a presenter at The Leading Edge 2013: Know Justice, Know Peace. De La Torre will return to speak about the power of narratives. Born 0
August 22, 2012 Dr. W. Anne Joh Confirmed for The Leading Edge 2013 The Middle Project is pleased to announce that Dr. W. Anne Joh has been confirmed as a presenter at The Leading Edge 2013: Know Justice, Know Peace. A dynamic speaker, Dr. Joh is a prominent voice for those on the 0
August 8, 2012 Jacqui on HuffPost Over the foregoing nine months, I have written a number of pieces for the Huffington Post. You can find them compiled below, or a the Huffington Post. To subscribe to my HuffPost RSS feed, click here. Wednesday, July 4, 2012 0
July 19, 2012 Marching for Justice by Minister Tricia Sheffield Ph.D. Recently, some members of Middle Church and I participated in a march to end stop-and-frisk. In this New York Times moving video and op-ed, it cites that last year New York City police “stopped and frisked people 685,724 times. Eighty-seven 0
November 11, 2011 Middle Project Leadership Lab Middle Project Young Adult Leadership Lab graduate Kerry Docherty shares these thoughts about relationships, learnings and being in a spiritual community. Relationships I spent most of my spiritual life a loner. I would attend a religious service, sit in the 0
October 27, 2011 For Such a Time as This It is getting cold outside, and sadly, tempers are getting hot in Atlanta and Oakland as occupiers are dispersed. In our own city, even in the midst of tensions, I keep hearing stories of the love and care being displayed 0
October 7, 2011 Occupy New York Friends, One of the reasons I am passionate about Middle Church is that we have been addressing economic justice for more than 50 years. Olga Downey was an older woman who helped start the clothing closet. She got her clothes 0
July 26, 2011 Being God’s Love by Jacqui Lewis Before I heard our intern, Arin Fisher’s amazing sermon on Sunday at church, I was at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau as couples were lining barricades on the first day same-sex couples could legally wed in New York 0
July 19, 2011 What’s Wrong with This Picture? The Reverend John Janka, The Middle Project We have now turned on our own children. Predatory lending lead to foreclosures of homes largely occupied by middle class families. These foreclosures have allowed banks that participated in these predatory lending practices 3
July 15, 2011 Towards A More Just Society Friends, To my mind the most important thing about being a person of faith is to share God’s vision for a more just society. As we say at Middle Church often, we are not saved until everyone is saved. Saved 1
June 29, 2011 Yes We Can! Dear Friends, It has been an historic month in New York State and at Middle Collegiate Church. Our month included the sounds of freedom. Musicians from Broadway, Indie, and reggae sang at our Marriage Equality Concert in early June. Then 0
June 14, 2011 Just One Vote: The Power of Relationships Hello everyone. Today several of my staff and I went down to City Hall to join our voices to those gathered in support of marriage equality. As we watch and pray for an affirming vote, read these words from my 0
May 12, 2011 Pride. Power. Praise. Dear Friends, The children in our congregation have been rehearsing a play with some theater students at New York University called Creation Stories. It was written by the students to help our children think about how different cultures have different 0
May 4, 2011 A Call to Healing following the death of Osama Bin Laden On Monday morning, May 2, I woke to the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death at the hands of US Military forces. My first thoughts went to my family; my brother is an Army Colonel, who now works for the 0
May 2, 2011 Care About All God’s Creatures by Jacqui Lewis The Middle Project Conference is in full swing. We had a great day with Ivan Petrella on Saturday helping us to think about economic justice from a global perspective and from the perspective of Liberation Theology. Gary 0
April 28, 2011 Err On The Side Of Love Hi everyone. I got a really interesting letter the other day from someone asking about our theology of full LGBTI inclusion. It was fascinating, and raised good questions. I won’t print the letter because that is not fair, but here 1
April 15, 2011 Journey Toward New Life by Jacqui Lewis Friends, in the Christian tradition, Palm Sunday begins a very holy journey toward new life. It is a journey of remembrance of events that happened in ancient Palestine, when a Rabbi named Jesus rode into Jerusalem for 2