Monday fundraiser to help rebuild Middle Collegiate Church


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EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan – Two weeks after a 6-alarm fire ravaged a historic religious community in the East Village, Middle Collegiate Church is committed to rebuilding its 2nd Avenue shrine.

Reverend Jacqui Lewis spoke with PIX11 News about the resilience of his church.

“Revolutionary love cannot be burned in a fire,” she said.

Middle Church member Matthew Johnson Harris uses his talent as a choreographer and director to organize a fundraising concert for the church.

“Sometimes you have to go to the low of the low so that we can then go up and up and up,” said Johnson Harris.

The Mosaic Christmas concert is an annual tradition at Middle Church. Typically, the event supports local nonprofits. This year, the proceeds will be used to support church rebuilding efforts.

Several Broadway artists will lend their voices, including Angela Birchett.

“As an artist, I haven’t been to a more welcoming church.”

Alyssa Fox will also perform in the Mosaic Christmas concert.

“That’s what Jesus taught us to do, is take care of others. “

The Middle Collegiate Church concert will be broadcast live on YouTube December 21 at 8 p.m.


Martha J. Finley