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The Riverside Church Turns 85

From our congregation’s founding in 1841 at the Norfolk Street Baptist Church, through our first Worship Service in October,1930, to the present day, The Riverside Church in the City of New York has played a valuable role in the lives of New Yorkers,and the world at large, in helping shape progressive Christianity and social change. Our legacy of being an Interdenominational, Interracial, International, Open, Welcoming, and Affirming congregation has truly been a blessing worth celebrating.

Thank you for being a part of The Riverside Church community and our celebration!

The Celebration is Far From Over!

While November 8 was the focal point of our 85th Anniversary, the celebration is far from over! Be sure to check out historical displays throughout the church, the time capsule in Cloister Lounge after Sunday worship service, and the official 85th Anniversary Souvenir Journal available for sale in the Visitors Center. Consider, too, supporting the ministries of The Riverside Church by giving a special gift in celebration of the 85th anniversary. Simply write "85" in the memo of your check/envelope or make a contribution right here on this site! 

We are also pleased to unveil the Riverside Community Services Corporation (RCSC), a non-profit, non-religious 501(c)3 dedicated to building stronger and sustainable communities through social service, direct aid, and programs rooted in justice. 

Words and Images from Pastor Amy:

On her blog, Pastor Amy shared her thoughts and pictures capturing the joy in the air on November 8:

Beloved Community in Pictures
Anniversary Prayer

Telling Our Story

Watch the Official 85th Anniversary Video:

Click here to view version with subtitles

Watch the Full 85th Anniversary Worship Celebration:

Watch the #TrendingAtTRC Panel 
The American Church: The Next 85 Years:
Pastor Amy moderated a panel of Progressive Christian thought leaders including Dr. Diana Butler Bass, Rev. Luis Cortes, and Jennifer Jones Austin: 

You Can Still Bid on 85th Auction Items: 

There is still a selection of wonderful items you can bid on to support Riverside's 85th Anniversary! Click here to see a list of items (PDF). If you would like to place a bid, simply email!

Make Your Secure $85 for 85 Gift Today: 

Help celebrate and ensure we continue our rock-solid tradition of faith and service by making a secure, tax-deductible donation:

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