The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis: Encountering Silence in Fierce Love

The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis—Author, Activist, and Public Theologian—is the first female and first Black Senior Minister to serve in the historic Collegiate Church of New York, which dates to 1628. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Dr. Lewis and her activist work have been featured by the TODAY Show, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, among many others.
In the silence I’ve learned there’s something about God… The silence is speaking. — Jacqui Lewis

Let’s be comfortable in the silence until we know. — Jacqui Lewis

Her books include The Power of Stories: A Guide for Leading Multi-Racial and Multi-Cultural Congregations and Ten Essential Strategies for Becoming a Multiracial Congregation (co-authored with John Janka).

She also contributed to Becoming Like Creoles: Living and Leading at the Intersections of Injustice, Culture, and Religion. Her latest book, Fierce Love: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World, has just been released (November 2021) by Harmony Books.

Parents who want to raise revolutionary lovers cannot be silent. — Jacqui Lewis

She is the creator of the MSNBC online show Just Faith and the PBS show Faith and Justice, in which she led important conversations about culture and current events. Her new podcast, Love.Period., is produced by the Center for Action and Contemplation. Raised mostly in Chicago, she now lives with her husband in Manhattan.

 

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If white people are feeling like they’ve been so wounded because their power is eroding and that keeps them silent in the face of injustice — that is not the kind of silence we want. — the Reverend Doctor Jacqui Lewis

Episode 138: Encountering Silence in Fierce Love: A Conversation with the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis
Hosted by: Cassidy Hall
With: Kevin Johnson, Carl McColman
Guest: Jacqui Lewis
Date Recorded: November 1, 2021

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Carl McColman
Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.