With its signature copper spire (flèche), rose window, and red entry doors on Central Park West, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church has been a very visible and prominent part of New York’s Upper West Side community for over a century. The present church building was completed in 1904 and includes Gothic architecture and a Tiffany window designed by the famous Tiffany Studios of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Holy Trinity was founded in 1868 but later built at the current location when it outgrew its sanctuary downtown on West 21st Street (the building no longer exists.).
Holy Trinity is located at the corner of West 65th Street and Central Park West in Manhattan, just down the street from Lincoln Center and directly adjacent to Central Park. It is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and is recognized by Lutherans Concerned as a Reconciling in Christ Congregation, welcoming all people in Christ’s name regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, gender, class or other possible exclusionary distinctions.
Holy Trinity is a Reconciling in Christ congregation, meaning that we welcome all persons in Christ’s name regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, gender, class, or other possible exclusionary distinctions. We seek an active commitment to inclusiveness in membership, evangelism, and social outreach. With a heart for the city and a passion for justice, we seek to be a place where all God’s people will know that they are loved.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity is a Christian church and member church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). As Lutheran Christians, we confess the following:
✧ We believe in the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
✧ We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord and Savior.
✧ We trust the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.
We believe that God’s grace is a gift that is freely given and isn’t something to be earned. Sin is an inherent part of the human experience, and not just about doing right or wrong. No amount of good works could ever come close to being enough to make up for our brokenness. Because we are incapable of saving ourselves, God became truly human and died a human death in Jesus Christ. In this humbling act, we are saved from our sinful nature.
As “sinners and saints,” we recognize that we all fall short of perfection in our own unique and very human ways. We also recognize that we are all saved from this brokenness by God’s unwavering and steadfast love for us. This is a constant action; Lutherans often speak of “death and resurrection” as something that we individually experience on a daily, even moment-to-moment, basis.
The Lutheran notion of sin and humanity’s brokenness does not mean that charitable works have no place in Lutheran teachings. Rather, we believe we are freed and empowered to love and serve our neighbors in response to God’s radical love.