Churches Uniting In Christ

Reconciling the baptized, seeking unity with justice

Rev. Waltina Middleton Preaching at the Opening Worship

Please follow this link to see Rev. Waltrina Middleton's sermon "Repairers of the Breach: Where Have All the Prophets Gone?" -


Reverend Waltrina Middleton is actively engaged in social justice issues domestically and globally. Her advocacy work includes organizing in Cleveland, and beyond to address a systemic culture of violence and racism against marginalized communities. She is a preacher, poet, social critic and community organizer committed to human rights and actualizing the vision of a Beloved community.

Recently, Rev. Middleton was recognized by Rejuvenate Magazine as one of its 40 Under 40 Professionals to Watch in Non-Profit Religious Sector. Last summer, she was awarded the Jonathan M. Daniels Memorial Fellowship by the Episcopal Divinity School to support a research project on the parallels between activism, arts and lament in the Black Live Movement in the US and anti-apartheid movement in Palestine.

She is the inaugural Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Fellowship Scholar and one of the inaugural William "Bill" Lucy Social Justice and Globalization Fellows, both received while matriculating as a Master of Divinity Student at Chicago Theological Seminary where she graduated with distinction. Her Master’s thesis explored Reconciling a God of the Oppressed: A Look at Sexual Abuse, Rape, Incest and Other Forms of Sexual Exploitation Within the Black Church. She is also an alumna of DePaul University and Howard University, respectively.

Rev. Middleton serves in the national setting of the United Church of Christ denomination based in Cleveland. In this work, Rev. Middleton serves over 5,000 congregations and organizes youth programs and outreach for the denomination’s 1-million membership, lifting up topics ranging from homelessness and hunger to suicide prevention and from racialized violence to LGBTQ youth advocacy. She also supports the Office of the General Minister and President with coordinating the denomination’s quadrennial National Youth Event (NYE) as its Associate for NYE Programming; an event that draws 4,000 youth from across the nation and world.

She holds fast to the principles of Ubuntu which declares, “I am because we are. We are because God is.”

Churches Uniting in Christ is a covenant relationship among eleven Christian communions that have pledged to live more closely together in expressing their unity in Christ and combating racism together. The member churches of CUIC include the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, the Episcopal Church, the International Council of Community Churches, the Moravian Church (Northern Province), the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is a partner in mission and dialogue.