The Third Reconstruction (Session 1)
Jan
28
9:30 AM09:30

The Third Reconstruction (Session 1)

The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear

Sundays, Jan 28th – Feb 18th, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
The Riverside Church in the City of New York

This small book study group serves as a primer, examining the motivation behind Rev. Dr. William Barber's mission to hold our nation's government officials accountable for inciting moral violence while failing to uphold those rights of freedom, dignity and equality as basic human rights that our country purports to guarantee.

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The Third Reconstruction (Session 2)
Feb
4
9:30 AM09:30

The Third Reconstruction (Session 2)

The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear

Sundays, Jan 28th – Feb 18th, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
The Riverside Church in the City of New York

This small book study group serves as a primer, examining the motivation behind Rev. Dr. William Barber's mission to hold our nation's government officials accountable for inciting moral violence while failing to uphold those rights of freedom, dignity and equality as basic human rights that our country purports to guarantee.

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The Third Reconstruction (Session 3)
Feb
11
9:30 AM09:30

The Third Reconstruction (Session 3)

The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear

Sundays, Jan 28th – Feb 18th, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
The Riverside Church in the City of New York

This small book study group serves as a primer, examining the motivation behind Rev. Dr. William Barber's mission to hold our nation's government officials accountable for inciting moral violence while failing to uphold those rights of freedom, dignity and equality as basic human rights that our country purports to guarantee.

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The Third Reconstruction (Session 4)
Feb
18
9:30 AM09:30

The Third Reconstruction (Session 4)

The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear

Sundays, Jan 28th – Feb 18th, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
The Riverside Church in the City of New York

This small book study group serves as a primer, examining the motivation behind Rev. Dr. William Barber's mission to hold our nation's government officials accountable for inciting moral violence while failing to uphold those rights of freedom, dignity and equality as basic human rights that our country purports to guarantee.

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The Color of Whiteness (Session 4)
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

The Color of Whiteness (Session 4)

The Color of Whiteness: Engaging White Privilege and Identity in Faith and Society

Date: Thursdays, Oct 26th – Nov 16th,  7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: The Riverside Church in the City of New York

Facilitator: Rev. J.C. Austin, Vice President, Christian Leadership Formation, Auburn Seminary

White people in the United States often struggle to engage the dynamics of race in our culture, and particularly the unique identity and privileges that white people hold in society. This class will create a positive and brave space in which to unpack why this is such a struggle; provide resources for overcoming that challenge and engaging the realities of white racial identity and privilege in America; and consider how Christianity can and must play a positive role in this work.

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The Color of Whiteness (Session 3)
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

The Color of Whiteness (Session 3)

The Color of Whiteness: Engaging White Privilege and Identity in Faith and Society

Date: Thursdays, Oct 26th – Nov 16th,  7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: The Riverside Church in the City of New York

Facilitator: Rev. J.C. Austin, Vice President, Christian Leadership Formation, Auburn Seminary

White people in the United States often struggle to engage the dynamics of race in our culture, and particularly the unique identity and privileges that white people hold in society. This class will create a positive and brave space in which to unpack why this is such a struggle; provide resources for overcoming that challenge and engaging the realities of white racial identity and privilege in America; and consider how Christianity can and must play a positive role in this work.

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The Color of Whiteness (Session 2)
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

The Color of Whiteness (Session 2)

The Color of Whiteness: Engaging White Privilege and Identity in Faith and Society

Date: Thursdays, Oct 26th – Nov 16th,  7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: The Riverside Church in the City of New York

Facilitator: Rev. J.C. Austin, Vice President, Christian Leadership Formation, Auburn Seminary

White people in the United States often struggle to engage the dynamics of race in our culture, and particularly the unique identity and privileges that white people hold in society. This class will create a positive and brave space in which to unpack why this is such a struggle; provide resources for overcoming that challenge and engaging the realities of white racial identity and privilege in America; and consider how Christianity can and must play a positive role in this work.

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The Color of Whiteness (Session 1)
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

The Color of Whiteness (Session 1)

The Color of Whiteness: Engaging White Privilege and Identity in Faith and Society

Date: Thursdays, Oct 26th – Nov 16th,  7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: The Riverside Church in the City of New York

Facilitator: Rev. J.C. Austin, Vice President, Christian Leadership Formation, Auburn Seminary

White people in the United States often struggle to engage the dynamics of race in our culture, and particularly the unique identity and privileges that white people hold in society. This class will create a positive and brave space in which to unpack why this is such a struggle; provide resources for overcoming that challenge and engaging the realities of white racial identity and privilege in America; and consider how Christianity can and must play a positive role in this work.

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Breaking the Silence: Beyond the Dream
Sep
17
2:00 PM14:00

Breaking the Silence: Beyond the Dream

On Sunday, September 17th, Global Citizen and The Riverside Church will join together for an afternoon of dynamic performances and key speakers commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s Beyond Vietnam speech.

Breaking the Silence: Beyond the Dream will be an intergenerational, interfaith program that calls on people from all walks of life to RISE UP and speak out on the injustices facing the world. Just as Dr. King did at The Riverside Church 50 years ago, on Sunday, September 17th. Breaking the Silence will deliver a universal call to action to “love thy neighbor.”

Participants include: The Reverend Al Sharpton, Forest Whitaker, The Howard University Gospel Choir, Sir the Baptist, The String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts and more.

Individual Registration


Sign up below to host your own livestream event of Breaking the Silence: Beyond the Dream

Members of the Riverside team will follow up with more information on technical logistics, discussion guides, toolkits, and social media outreach.

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Health Care for ALL
Sep
6
12:00 AM00:00

Health Care for ALL

Health Care for ALL

Location: U. S. Congressional Offices, Washington, DC

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still under attack by members of this administration. People of faith must stand up and speak out so that lifesaving health care is preserved and accessible to all in our country.  On Sept 6th, join Riversiders and citizens from around the US in Washington, DC to lobby and remind our representatives that the ACA keeps millions alive and must not be dismantled. 

Visit bit.ly/HealthCareDCSept6 to learn more and request transportation for the trip.

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Global Light of Peace 2017
Sep
5
7:00 AM07:00

Global Light of Peace 2017

Global Light of Peace 2017

Time: 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Location: South Hall, The Riverside Church in the City of New York
More information

The Riverside Church is hosting the Middle Way Meditation Institute (MMI) as a partnership in the largest transcontinental inner peace meditation gathering for world peace. GLOP 2017 will be conducted in person and streamed live in 6 continents. The highlight of the event is a 30-minute guided meditation session. MMI’s goal is to connect one million people from around the world to meditate simultaneously for world peace

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Yes to Love, No to Hate
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Yes to Love, No to Hate

Yes to Love, No to Hate: An Interfaith Gathering of Solidarity, Hope and Action

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: The Fourth Universalist Society, 160 Central Park West (between 75th and 76th)

This is a time for NYC’s communities of faith to come together to reaffirm our shared spiritual values, to gain strength, and to affirm our commitment to each other in the fight against oppression. We need each other. We need to declare together, across differences of faith and race, that there is no room for hate in our congregations, in our city and in our nation. We gather to affirm that all of our faiths instruct us to love—and that love will always win. Join us as we pray and seek peace--shalom, salaam.

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Grateful Day of Service
Jul
29
9:00 AM09:00

Grateful Day of Service

Saturday, July 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Riverside Church is partnering with the Riverside Park Conservancy to create a day of community service at Grant’s Tomb. Join us for a fun morning of painting, weeding, and mulching at Grant’s Tomb as a way of giving and serving while building community with one another and learning more about the history of our very own neighborhood.

This opportunity is family friendly, and all supplies will be provided.

When to meet? Meet at Grant’s Tomb by 9:45 a.m.

What to wear? Please wear clothes that can get and stay dirty (the paint is oil-based and will not wash out of clothing), sneakers.

What to bring? Bring a reusable water bottle – water will be provided. You may also bring a bag lunch or a lunch to share for our fellowship time following the service project.

What’s the cost? $7 per person, which helps to offset the service project registration costs (scholarships available*).

*For scholarship information email Stewardship or call 212-870-6856.

Following our time at Grant’s Tomb, we will open South Hall for lunch and fellowship. Please bring your lunch and a laugh as we recap our time together.

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Jun
25
9:00 AM09:00

The Fierce Urgency of Now (Session 4)

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Fifty years after Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, we find ourselves still confronting the challenges of materialism, racism, and militarism. You’re invited to study Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, delivered at The Riverside Church fifty years ago, along with our three expert facilitators: Regina Tate, Alan Bentz Letts, and Steve Knight. This class will offer you the opportunity to read King’s famous speech in detail and reflect on the truths his prophetic words have for us today. This class is open to all. Participants must purchase a study guide for $5. Each session of the class will be offered twice a week so that you may choose whichever session fits your schedule.

Session 1: Thursday June 1 at 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 4 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 2: Thursday June 8
7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 11 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 3: Thursday June 15 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 18 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 4: Thursday June 22 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 25 at 9:00 a.m.

All classes will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room. To register for the class, contact Lennith Santos-Santana at lsantana@trcnyc.org or 212-870-6833.

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Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

The Fierce Urgency of Now (Session 4)

Fifty years after Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, we find ourselves still confronting the challenges of materialism, racism, and militarism. You’re invited to study Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, delivered at The Riverside Church fifty years ago, along with our three expert facilitators: Regina Tate, Alan Bentz Letts, and Steve Knight. This class will offer you the opportunity to read King’s famous speech in detail and reflect on the truths his prophetic words have for us today. This class is open to all. Participants must purchase a study guide for $5. Each session of the class will be offered twice a week so that you may choose whichever session fits your schedule.

Session 1: Thursday June 1 at 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 4 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 2: Thursday June 8
7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 11 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 3: Thursday June 15 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 18 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 4: Thursday June 22 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 25 at 9:00 a.m.

All classes will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room. To register for the class, contact Lennith Santos-Santana at lsantana@trcnyc.org or 212-870-6833.

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Jun
18
9:00 AM09:00

The Fierce Urgency of Now (Session 3)

Fifty years after Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, we find ourselves still confronting the challenges of materialism, racism, and militarism. You’re invited to study Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, delivered at The Riverside Church fifty years ago, along with our three expert facilitators: Regina Tate, Alan Bentz Letts, and Steve Knight. This class will offer you the opportunity to read King’s famous speech in detail and reflect on the truths his prophetic words have for us today. This class is open to all. Participants must purchase a study guide for $5. Each session of the class will be offered twice a week so that you may choose whichever session fits your schedule.

Session 1: Thursday June 1 at 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 4 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 2: Thursday June 8
7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 11 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 3: Thursday June 15 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 18 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 4: Thursday June 22 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 25 at 9:00 a.m.

All classes will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room. To register for the class, contact Lennith Santos-Santana at lsantana@trcnyc.org or 212-870-6833.

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Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

The Fierce Urgency of Now (Session 3)

Fifty years after Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, we find ourselves still confronting the challenges of materialism, racism, and militarism. You’re invited to study Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, delivered at The Riverside Church fifty years ago, along with our three expert facilitators: Regina Tate, Alan Bentz Letts, and Steve Knight. This class will offer you the opportunity to read King’s famous speech in detail and reflect on the truths his prophetic words have for us today. This class is open to all. Participants must purchase a study guide for $5. Each session of the class will be offered twice a week so that you may choose whichever session fits your schedule.

Session 1: Thursday June 1 at 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 4 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 2: Thursday June 8
7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 11 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 3: Thursday June 15 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 18 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 4: Thursday June 22 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 25 at 9:00 a.m.

All classes will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room. To register for the class, contact Lennith Santos-Santana at lsantana@trcnyc.org or 212-870-6833.

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Jun
11
9:00 AM09:00

The Fierce Urgency of Now (Session 2)

Fifty years after Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, we find ourselves still confronting the challenges of materialism, racism, and militarism. You’re invited to study Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, delivered at The Riverside Church fifty years ago, along with our three expert facilitators: Regina Tate, Alan Bentz Letts, and Steve Knight. This class will offer you the opportunity to read King’s famous speech in detail and reflect on the truths his prophetic words have for us today. This class is open to all. Participants must purchase a study guide for $5. Each session of the class will be offered twice a week so that you may choose whichever session fits your schedule.

Session 1: Thursday June 1 at 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 4 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 2: Thursday June 8
7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 11 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 3: Thursday June 15 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 18 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 4: Thursday June 22 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 25 at 9:00 a.m.

All classes will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room. To register for the class, contact Lennith Santos-Santana at lsantana@trcnyc.org or 212-870-6833.

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Jun
8
7:00 PM19:00

The Fierce Urgency of Now (Session 2)

Fifty years after Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, we find ourselves still confronting the challenges of materialism, racism, and militarism. You’re invited to study Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, delivered at The Riverside Church fifty years ago, along with our three expert facilitators: Regina Tate, Alan Bentz Letts, and Steve Knight. This class will offer you the opportunity to read King’s famous speech in detail and reflect on the truths his prophetic words have for us today. This class is open to all. Participants must purchase a study guide for $5. Each session of the class will be offered twice a week so that you may choose whichever session fits your schedule.

Session 1: Thursday June 1 at 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 4 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 2: Thursday June 8
7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 11 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 3: Thursday June 15 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 18 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 4: Thursday June 22 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 25 at 9:00 a.m.

All classes will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room. To register for the class, contact Lennith Santos-Santana at lsantana@trcnyc.org or 212-870-6833.

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Jun
4
9:00 AM09:00

The Fierce Urgency of Now (Session 1)

Fifty years after Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, we find ourselves still confronting the challenges of materialism, racism, and militarism. You’re invited to study Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, delivered at The Riverside Church fifty years ago, along with our three expert facilitators: Regina Tate, Alan Bentz Letts, and Steve Knight. This class will offer you the opportunity to read King’s famous speech in detail and reflect on the truths his prophetic words have for us today. This class is open to all. Participants must purchase a study guide for $5. Each session of the class will be offered twice a week so that you may choose whichever session fits your schedule.

Session 1: Thursday June 1 at 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 4 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 2: Thursday June 8
7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 11 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 3: Thursday June 15 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 18 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 4: Thursday June 22 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 25 at 9:00 a.m.

All classes will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room. To register for the class, contact Lennith Santos-Santana at lsantana@trcnyc.org or 212-870-6833.

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Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

The Fierce Urgency of Now (Session 1)

Fifty years after Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, we find ourselves still confronting the challenges of materialism, racism, and militarism. You’re invited to study Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, delivered at The Riverside Church fifty years ago, along with our three expert facilitators: Regina Tate, Alan Bentz Letts, and Steve Knight. This class will offer you the opportunity to read King’s famous speech in detail and reflect on the truths his prophetic words have for us today. This class is open to all. Participants must purchase a study guide for $5. Each session of the class will be offered twice a week so that you may choose whichever session fits your schedule.

Session 1: Thursday June 1 at 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 4 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 2: Thursday June 8
7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 11 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 3: Thursday June 15 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 18 at 9:00 a.m.
Session 4: Thursday June 22 7:00 p.m. / Sunday June 25 at 9:00 a.m.

All classes will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room. To register for the class, contact Lennith Santos-Santana at lsantana@trcnyc.org or 212-870-6833.

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The Armed Man
May
28
2:00 PM14:00

The Armed Man

Featuring Myers Park United Methodist Church chancel choir and instrumentalists, conductor James R. Jones, and organist Nicolas Haigh, this deeply moving and timely choral work charts the growing menace of humanity’s descent into war. With texts from diverse religious and historical sources, it echoes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s call for peace and the hope that “love will have the last word.”

On display that afternoon will be “Torpedoes into Plowshares,” a project of the Theater of the Oppressed from Jeremiah Dreake, Artistic Director. A 100 kg high explosive torpedo purchased in 2010 is being transformed by blacksmith Marsha Trattner. Later this summer, we will use those same shovels to plant seeds as part of the Grateful giving and serving campaign, as an expression of our community’s gratitude and commitment to peace.

Cost: $10

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Standing Uptown for Justice and Religious Tolerance
Apr
5
12:00 PM12:00

Standing Uptown for Justice and Religious Tolerance

Now more than ever, people of all faiths must stand together in support of justice and tolerance. As we approach Passover and Easter, The Riverside Church is joining with Jewish Theological Seminary, and other local partners in an interfaith march to make a powerful statement affirming the dignity of all people and the essential values of tolerance, racial justice, and welcoming the stranger. All those who support welcoming the stranger and promoting racial justice and religious tolerance are welcome.

The march will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 12:00–2:40 p.m. It begins at JTS at (3080 Broadway at 122nd Street) and ends at the National Black Theatre (Fifth Avenue between 125th and 126th Streets). 

You can find out more and RSVP on Facebook. 

For more information contact Rabbi Stephanie Ruskay or Reverend Bertram Johnson.

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Beyond Vietnam: 50th Anniversary
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Beyond Vietnam: 50th Anniversary

Commemorate the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s famous Beyond Vietnam:  A Time to Break Silence sermon  in an evening with Michelle Alexander and Ruby Sales, voices of the past and future of the Civil Rights Movement.  Written by Dr. Vincent Harding, and delivered at The Riverside Church exactly one year to the day before Dr. King's assassination, Beyond Vietnam is a moral agenda for America to address issues of racial justice, poverty, and war.  Dr. King and Harding's prophetic and prescient words are as urgently needed today as when they were first delivered.  The evening is co-hosted by The Riverside Church, Iliff School of Theology, Veterans of Hope and Union Theological Seminary.

Stay at the Aloft Harlem

A block of rooms is reserved at the Aloft Harlem for out of town guests.  

Cost:  $190 plus tax

Deadline:  March 19, 2017

 
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A Service Against Hate
Apr
2
3:00 PM15:00

A Service Against Hate

Join Rev. Al Sharpton, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan for a service against hate on the 49th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This service will take place at 3:00 PM in the Nave of The Riverside Church.

For more information call 1-877-626-4651.

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Flint Water Fund Campaign
Mar
1
to Mar 31

Flint Water Fund Campaign

Riverside is joining American Baptist Churches in Metropolitan New York (ABCMNY) in their year-long commitment to support youth and adults who are most impacted by the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan. In 2014, the lead levels in Flint’s water supply measured ten times higher than the safe level determined by the EPA. As late as Jan 2017, residents were cautioned to filter faucets and drink bottled water. Many children and seniors show signs of irreparable lead poisoning. The long-term impact of this is unfathomable.

Water means life for all of us. Riverside believes that all people are deserving of clear, safe water. Many residents cannot afford to buy the amount of water needed for daily life. Your contribution to “Flint Water” will support life and health for sons and daughters, parents and grandparents in Flint who need our help. Help us meet and exceed our goal of $10,000 during the month of March!

Give online: Select "Other" from the designation line and type in "Flint Water."

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MLK Now
Jan
16
6:00 PM18:00

MLK Now

Blackout for Human Rights and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) host their second annual MLK Now at Riverside. MLK Now is a special MLK Day event to celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and explore how his message and vision continue to resonate in today's racial, social and political landscape. Taking place at Riverside - where Dr. King gave his famous 1967 speech, "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" - the event will feature historic speeches performed by some of today's leading actors and artists. MLK Now 2017 will also include special live music performances and conversations.

If you can't make it to the event, it will be livestreamed - details forthcoming. Presenting and supporting partners for this year's event include PICO National Network, sankofa.org, Magnolia Pictures, Black Lives Matter, Dream Defenders, Color of Change, and ARRAY.

For real-time updates and announcements, follow @UnitedBlackOut and @BMAchievement using the hashtag #MLKNow.

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Mayor's Weekend
Jan
14
to Jan 16

Mayor's Weekend

Partner with the Mayor’s Clergy Advisory Council on MLK weekend (1/13 - 1/15) and take 3 steps to share these resources that dignify the humanity of all New Yorkers: 

1.  Today, you can sign up for a resource toolkit you can share during your worship service. Agency resources will help your house of worship to: 

Promote Immigrant Inclusion 
Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs 

Reframe Religious Freedom to Include all Faith Perspectives
City Commission of Human Rights 

Destigmatize Mental Health and Connect New Yorkers to Resources
Thrive NYC

2.  On 1/13 - 1/15, you can share your resource toolkit at your worship service and connect with other faith leaders on social media by including #NowIsTheTimeNYC on any Facebook, Twitter or Instagram post. 

3.  Join us at Riverside Church on 1/15 at 6pm for an interfaith MLK service or watch live:

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