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


The Riverside Church News

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June 2nd, 2020|Comments Off on

The Riverside Church is among the wonderful organizations who care deeply about their employees and their wellbeing and are continuing to compensate them throughout this time. Join us in supporting this commitment to our employees: [...]

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June 1st, 2020|Comments Off on

RT @IdeasDoneDaily: Some people pose for photos with the Bible. Other people put faith, hope, and love into action. I'm grateful we have protestors who do the latter. And Im embarrassed we have a president [...]

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Racism Kills and We Must Root It Out of Our Systems

June 1st, 2020|Comments Off on Racism Kills and We Must Root It Out of Our Systems

by Rev. Michael Livingston, Interim Senior Minister, The Riverside Church, NYC ARTICLE LINK Racism kills. Racism is not personal, it is systemic.  It is low wages and food stamps. High rents in dilapidated apartment buildings.  Poor [...]

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May 31st, 2020|Comments Off on

#BeStillAndGo: Be Still and Go to Sleep by Lynn Casteel Harper

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May 31st, 2020|Comments Off on

Consider this your Sunday evening sermon.

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May 30th, 2020|Comments Off on

A dozen young kids in front of the entire church -- what could go wrong?! Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

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