A Prophetic Voice in a Pivotal Moment

I’ve never met a pulpit I didn’t feel called to speak from. Wherever I’m offered a chance, I’m going to bring fierce love to strengthen spirits and ignite justice. Whether I’m speaking to 30 people or 3,000, I see every event as an opportunity to foster conversation and deepen the bonds that connect us. But that work isn’t possible without you! So see the opportunities below to join me, and I can’t wait to see you live.

Fierce Love Book Launch!

I can’t wait to birth Fierce Love into the world. Will you be one of my midwives? We’re going to throw a fabulous virtual party on Tuesday, November 9th. Together, we’ll talk about the themes in my book, and the ways I hope it will help you better love yourself, love your posse, and love our world! Stay tuned for more information.

I also invite you to join me at these events in the coming months, to hear me speak about the new book. Reserve your copy of Fierce Love today! (Psst: If you purchase a season ticket for this year’s Freedom Rising Salons at Middle Church you’ll receive a complimentary copy in addition to 10 months of incredible virtual programming.)

Celebrate the launch of Fierce Love with me! Catch me here:

Learn more about some of these events below:

Thursday, October  28, 3 PM ET
Conversation with Gloria Edim at Well Read Black Girls Festival

Join me in conversation with Well Read Black Girl Festival founder Glory Edim, part of a series of 3 IG Live conversations on Black Love and spirituality leading up to the festival.

Well-Read Black Girl Festival (WRBG) is a full-day (mainly virtual) event curated by WRBG founder, Glory Edim, with special events and social activations leading up to the festival as well. Their goal is to bring together Black women and men, girls and non-binary writers – and every year hosts engaging panels, keynotes, and fire-side chats that foster learning and inspire viewers to celebrate the brilliance of Black creativity. Learn more at: WRBG Fest 2021 is scheduled for October 30th, with key online events leading up to the 30th.

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Friday, October 29, 7 PM ET
Author Talk with Pastor Beth Brown (Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church, Chicago)

I’m headed home to Chicago! Join Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church on Friday, October 29th at 7:00 pm CDT (8:00 pm ET), in partnership with Semicolon Bookstore, to hear me talk about my new book, Fierce Love! You can purchase the book from Semicolon Bookstore at the event or beforehand. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required due to space constraints.

The Fierce Love Author Talk will be held at:
Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church
600 West Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614

Masks are required indoors.

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Monday, November 8, 7 PM ET
Fierce Love Book Launch Party at Joe’s Pub, NYC

From Joe’s Pub:
We’re living in a world divided. Race and ethnicity, caste and color, gender and sexuality, class and education, religion and political party have all become 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 senior 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. Join us for an evening with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis and artists, including Tituss Burgess, BETTY, John Fugelsang, and Genesis Be, as we discover a new path forward and celebrate the launch of Dr. Lewis’s new book, FIERCE LOVE: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World, hailed by New York Times bestselling author & CNN political contributor Van Jones, as “a welcome moral North Star for readers everywhere.

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Tuesday, November 9, 8 PM ET
Well Enough: Family, Faith, Food, Fierce Love

From Random House:
What would Love have you do today?

That’s the question Jacqui Lewis poses in her new book, Fierce Love: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World. The first African American and first woman to serve as a senior minister in the Collegiate Church in Manhattan, the oldest continuous Protestant Church in North America, Lewis has counseled others who’ve faced epic challenges—from devastating loss to the trauma of racism—and says we must meet those challenges with a love that is equally epic.

On Tuesday, November 9 at 8 PM/ET over Zoom, join Lewis in conversation with Wajahat Ali, Daily Beast columnist and author of the forthcoming book, Go Back to Where You Came From, for Well Enough: Family, Faith, Food, Fierce Love, an uplifting night dedicated to extravagant love, ferocious kindness, and monumental courage—brought to you by Well Enough, Random House’s wellness community.

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Wednesday, November 10, 7 PM ET
Middle Church Freedom Rising Salon: Rising to Fierce Love for Ourselves and the World

From Middle Church:
Join Middle Church to celebrate the launch of Jacqui Lewis’ new book, Fierce Love: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World. In the book, Rev. Dr. Lewis teaches readers how they can build concentric circles of fierce love—to better love yourself, your posse and our world. Throughout, she weaves stories from her own life that illustrate the surprising ways love manifests in our lives, and how it bends our world toward justice.

Jacqui will be in conversation with Cole Arthur Riley. Together, she and Jacqui will talk about how rest is integral to self-love, and the foundation for liberatory action. They’ll explore how to pursue models of self- and community-care that escape hollowed-out, commodified self-love to foster a fierce love that will transform the world around you—and your relationship with it. This conversation is part of the Freedom Rising Salons, a year-long conversation series that features thought leaders, organizers, artists and modern prophets reflecting on crucial justice issues, and what we all can do to rise and meet them.

Cole Arthur Riley
Cole Arthur Riley (she/her) is a writer, liturgist, speaker seeking a deeply contemplative life marked by embodiment and emotion. She is the founder and writer of Black Liturgies, a project seeking to integrate concepts of dignity, lament, rage, justice, rest, and liberation with the practice of written prayer.

She currently serves as the Content and Spiritual Formation Manager for a center for Christian studies at Cornell University called Chesterton House. In her work, she produces and curates content to guide others into deeper musings and embodiment of the faith. At present, Cole is concerned with topics of dignity, lament, belonging, justice, rest, and liberation. Some thinkers who have formed her include, James Baldwin, Thomas Merton, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Julian of Norwich.

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The Final Conspire Conference

I’m joining my friend Richard Rohr and some fabulous co-conspirators for the final Conspire Conference, September 24 – 26. Come be part of the magic!

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