After devastating fire, Middle Collegiate Church raises funds to rebuild


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EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan – The building may be destroyed, but faith in Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village is still strong.

A raging fire severely damaged the historic church in December, but the congregation focused on rebuilding. Now some big names are also helping out.

Actor and singer Tituss Burgess gave PIX11 a preview of Thursday’s March to Rise live fundraiser to help rebuild the progressive church.

“Our spirit did not dissolve in the fire; if anything, he’s probably gotten stronger, ”Burgess said.

The December fire severely damaged the historic church building.

“We lost our entire sanctuary in the fire,” said Rev. Dr Jacqui Lewis, who is a senior church minister. “We have lost much of our sacred space in the fire. But what we found in the fire was how resilient we are. “

The house of worship was a place New Yorkers from all walks of life called home, and organizers say it’s exactly what people can expect at the benefit concert Thursday night.

“It will be filled with everything the world knows to be Middle,” said Burgess, who starred in “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”.

Tickets for Mars to Rise are donation-based – pay what you can.

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Martha J. Finley