The Reverend Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. is Senior Minister of Middle Collegiate Church in New York City. She is ordained in the Presbyterian USA Church. She has been adjunct professor at Union Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Graduate Theological Seminary, and Wesley Theological Seminary. Her Ph.D. is in psychology and religion. Leading to the New York State Senate vote on marriage equality in 2011, Rev. Lewis and Middle Collegiate Church sang civil rights songs on the steps on City Hall in New York City and traveled to Albany to stand for marriage equality. Middle Church also hosted a marriage equality concert with Broadway actors to raise money for marriage equality organizations. The first Sunday churches could bless same-sex weddings legally in New York State, Rev. Lewis presided over a triple wedding ceremony during the regular morning worship celebration. Middle Church started performing same-gender commitment ceremonies in the 1980s.
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