The Christian Left Action Team was invited to an event in New York in early October of 2021 called, "The Edge of the Rooftop / New York City." While we were there we had the wonderful opportunity to meet Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis! She was inspiring to say the least. Fortunately, the presentations she gave were filmed! We have them for you right now! How cool is that? You get to see what we saw, just as if you were right there with us! When you consider the things Jacqui had to say in New York and in her new book, it’s not a stretch to say that you were right there with us.
Jacqui’s new book, "Fierce Love," is good stuff, really good stuff. It’s what the world needs to hear right now.
Here’s what an Amazon introduction to the book has to say:
"We are living in a world divided. Race and ethnicity, caste and color, gender and sexuality, class and education, religion and political party have all become demographic labels that reduce our differences to simplistic categories in which 'we' are vehemently against 'them.' But Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis’s own experience—of being the first female and first Black minister in her church’s history, of being in an interracial marriage, and of making peace with childhood abuse—illustrates that our human capacity for empathy and forgiveness is the key to reversing these ugly trends.
Inspired by the tenets of ubuntu—the Zulu philosophy that we are each impacted by the circumstances that impact those around us, and that the world won’t get better until we all get better—Fierce Love lays out the nine daily practices for breaking through tribalism and engineering the change we seek. From downsizing our emotional baggage to speaking truth to power to fueling our activism with joy, it demonstrates the power of small, morally courageous steps to heal our own lives, our posse, and our larger communities.
Sharing stories that trace her personal reckoning with racism as well as the arc of her journey to an inclusive and service-driven faith, Dr. Lewis shows that kindness, compassion, and inclusive thinking are muscles that can be exercised and strengthened. With the goal of mending our inextricable human connection, Fierce Love is a manifesto for all generations: a bighearted, healing antidote to our rancorous culture."
So, here she is with more on the subject, just as we saw and heard ourselves when we were in the audience.
Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, "Fierce Love," New York, October 2021, Friday Evening, Part 1 of 3
Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, “Fierce Love," New York, October 2021, Saturday Morning, Part 2 of 3
Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, “Fierce Love," New York, October 2021, Saturday Evening, Part 3 of 3
A word about our hosts:
From The Common Good Coalition Website:
"Common Good Coalition is a network of creative, motivated, and courageous professionals. We are artists, business people, and religious leaders who are committed to the common good. We can no longer wait to shift the conversation.
We gather and partner to share our stories, articulate our values, and bring a compassionate and healing perspective to today’s complex issues. Our goal is to help others--and ourselves--to modify perceptions and perspectives and inspire change."
The Christian Left is an action partner with Common Good Coalition. We believe cooperation among progressive Christian organizations and all others who care about the cause is of paramount importance at this time in history.
Please Visit The Following Websites For More:
• Jacqui Lewis Website
• The Christian Left: https://www.thechristianleft.org/
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• Common Good Coalition: https://www.cgcoalition.com/
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