Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village defines itself as "a church in the Christian tradition" and "a sanctuary for progressive activism and artistic expression." While affiliated with the American Baptist Churches and United Church of Christ, the congregation draws its 200 members from a variety of religious traditions.

Judson Church occupies a 117-year-old historic building on Washington Square South. Besides Sunday worship and Sunday School, its current programs include work with the New Sanctuary Movement for immigrant rights and a "community ministers" program that trains future clergy on how to involve congregations in social-change activities. Judson also continues its long history of hosting post-modern arts, peace action, women's reproductive rights, and gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender events.

Senior Minister the Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper describes the church as "a gathering place for people who seek spiritual nurture to build public capacity for social change."

Judson has a long tradition of being open to all, regardless of faith. When individuals officially join Judson, they affiliate with both our parent denominations - United Church of Christ and American Baptist Churches.

Open and Affirming

Who are You?...We are Judson Memorial Church: Spiritual. Open. Artistic. Expressive. Affirming. Come in.

Judson Memorial Church serves as a sanctuary for progressive activism, artistic expression, and spiritual nurture. We welcome persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities (including cisgender, transgender, and genderqueer) to participate fully in the life and ministry of the church. We support each and every quest to construct one’s own identity, affirming any and all who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning, polysexual, asexual, pansexual, omnisexual, and straight.

Questions about what it means to be an "Open and Affirming" (ONA) United Church of Christ (UCC) congregation? Visit  www.ucccoalition.org/programs/ona/ to find out more.

Or a "Welcoming and Affirming" (AWAB--Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptist Churches) baptist congregation?  Visit http://www.wabaptists.org/ to find out more.

You can join one of the Alliance Communities  allianceofbaptists.org/PCP/communities if you have a particular interest in issues related to (ie) Peace and Justice; Racial Justice and Multiculturalism; LGBTQ; Justice in Palestine & Israel; Justice for the Homeless.

The United Church of Christ Connection:

“God is still speaking” UCC people say…

We have experienced God’s presence…

as the community gathers to celebrate life and faith
in the effort to build a truly democratic country
in advocacy for the poor and oppressed
in joining hands with people in every race and place
in support of public access to the media
in search of justice for minorities, immigrants, and those oppressed
because of race, gender, sexual origin, or handicaps.

Judson is part of a religious denomination which has built upon the heritage which began with the Pilgrims in 1620. Valuing freedom and conscience the Congregationalists (one of the founding families) called their worship places
meeting houses: doors opening inward for worship and outward to the
public square to act on behalf of social justice and community.

Three generations ago two denominations formed the United Church of Christ vowing to be a united and uniting force. In addition to the Pilgrims and Puritans of Massachusetts Bay some of their ancestors were German Reformed people who helped settle Pennsylvania and Evangelical Synod people whose Midwest roots began in Missouri. These bodies -- Congregational Christians, Evangelical and Reformed-- in 1957 joined seeking deeper unity of the Christian family and a unity of the earth’s peoples

Key Passions of the United Church of Christ, Judson’s Partner:

  • The local church is autonomous, accountable, competent
  • The face of the church is forward and to the world in which people suffer, dream, and hope
  • We are a covenant people
  • A radical welcome is who we are and what we are about
  • “God is Still Speaking” through the Bible, the community, the events in people’s lives, presence of the Holy Spirit
  • The unity of all God’s people is our calling


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55 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012 | phone: 212-477-0351 | fax: 212-995-0844