The Riverside Church

The Riverside Church is an interdenominational, interracial, international, open, welcoming, and affirming church and congregation.

Whoever you are: You are safe here. You are loved here. You are invited into full participation in our life together.

Modeled after the 13th Century gothic cathedral in Chartres, France, and built by John D. Rockefeller Jr., The Riverside Church is situated at one of the highest points of New York City, overlooking the Hudson River and 122nd Street. It is 100 feet wide and covers two city blocks. Construction began in 1927 with the first service held on October 5, 1930. The Nave seats nearly 2,000 worshipers. The 20-floor tower, rising to a height of 392 feet, contains offices, meeting rooms, and the 74-bell Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon. The carillon’s 20-ton bourdon bell is the largest tuned bell in the world. The smallest bell weighs just 10 pounds.

Today, Riverside remains one of the leading voices of Progressive Christianity, influential on America’s religious and political landscapes for more than 85 years. Currently led by Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Riverside has long been a forum for important civic and spiritual leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, President Clinton, the Dalai Lama, and countless others.

490 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10027
Phone Number: 212-870-6700


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Sunday, January 17, 2021|Comments Off on

RT @LuvonRwriter: President George Washington & wife Martha's unrelenting pursuit of their runaway slave Ona/Oney told in NEVER CAUGHT, by Erica Armstrong Dunbar. Come join Riverside Book Club @RiversideNYC -- RSVP for Zoom details.

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Monday, January 11, 2021|Comments Off on

Amen to that!

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Sunday, January 10, 2021|Comments Off on

RT @ReligionProf: Can you imagine thinking everyone has a right to Twitter but not a right to healthcare?

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021|Comments Off on

Tohu va Bohu? Yep, you read that right. Now watch this video so @IdeasDoneDaily can teach you a little Hebrew.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021|Comments Off on

We long for a day when justice rolls down like waters. But sadly that day is not today. #JacobBlake

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Sunday, January 3, 2021|Comments Off on

Loving your neighbor is a spiritual practice. It reshapes you as it reshapes the world around you.

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