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Travel Lightly, Downsize the Burdens You Carry | Valarie Kaur

Love. Period. with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

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Travel Lightly, Downsize the Burdens You Carry | Valarie Kaur

Love. Period. with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

On this episode of Love Period, Valarie Kaur joins Jacqui in conversation to discuss the theme of Chapter Three: Travel Lightly. Downsize the Burdens You Carry. Valarie Kaur is a renowned civil rights leader and celebrated prophetic voice “at the forefront of progressive change” (Center for American Progress). Valarie burst into American consciousness in the wake of the 2016 election when her Watch Night Service address went viral with 40 million views worldwide. Her question “Is this the darkness of the tomb – or the darkness of the womb?” reframed the political moment and became a mantra for people fighting for change. Valarie now leads the Revolutionary Love Project to reclaim love as a force for justice in America.

In the last twenty years, as a lawyer, innovator, and award-winning filmmaker, Valarie has helped win policy change on multiple fronts – hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, solitary confinement, Internet freedom, and more. She founded Groundswell Movement, Faithful Internet, and the Yale Visual Law Project to equip new generations of advocates. Valarie has been a regular TV commentator on MSNBC and contributor to CNN, NPR, PBS, the Hill, Huffington Post, and the Washington Post. A daughter of Sikh farmers in California’s heartland, Valarie earned degrees at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Law School. Valarie’s debut book, See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love, expands on her “blockbuster” TED Talk and is available wherever books are sold.

New to Season 2, after the interview, Jacqui concludes with a reflection on making this practical in everyday life.

Speak Truthfully. It Will Set You Free | Michael-Ray Matthews

Love. Period. with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

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Speak Truthfully. It Will Set You Free | Michael-Ray Matthews

Love. Period. with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Michael-Ray Mathews joins this episode of Love Period to discuss the theme of Chapter Two: “Speak Truthfully. It Will Set You Free.” Michael-Ray Mathews brings over 30 years of leadership experience – as a senior pastor, grassroots leader, psalmist and community organizer – to his work as Deputy Director for Faith in Action (formerly PICO National Network). He is the host of the Prophetic Resistance Podcast, where he engages multi-faith leaders in conversations about cultivating communities of belonging and sacred resistance to injustice. Rev. Mathews is president of the Alliance of Baptists, a progressive movement for justice and healing, and co-editor of Trouble the Waters: A Christian Resource for the Work of Racial Justice. A visiting professor of public theology at American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, he is also a senior fellow at Auburn Seminary in New York. Michael-Ray is co-founder of and public theologian-in-residence with Sympara, a multifaith/interspiritual community of practice, repurposing spiritual assets for the common good.

New to Season 2, after the interview, Jacqui concludes with a reflection on making this practical in everyday life.

Love Yourself Unconditionally | Wajahat Ali

Love. Period. with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

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Love Yourself Unconditionally | Wajahat Ali

Love. Period. with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Love Period. returns with a brand new season based on the themes found in Rev. Jacqui’s new book Fierce Love: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World. To kick things off, Wajahat Ali is returning to discuss the theme of Chapter One: “Love Yourself Unconditionally. It All Starts Here.” In this conversation, Wajahat explains what loving himself unconditionally has meant to him, and how he was able to pass that on to his children. New to Season 2, after the interview, Jacqui concludes with a reflection on making this practical in everyday life.

Wajahat is the author of the forthcoming book Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American.

Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft

Love. Period. with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

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Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft

Love. Period. with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Rev. Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft joins Jacqui for this episode of Love. Period. She is the Executive Minister for Justice, Education & Movement Building at Middle Church and is also the founder of Raising Imagination, a platform that examines social issues through the lens of imagination and encourages activism with young and old alike. Her activism has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, Yahoo, the Wall Street Journal, and Refinery29. She’s a regular writer and inaugural board member of The Resistance Prays, and serves on the Junior Board of The Lower East Side Girls Club. She’s presented nationwide on topics including systemic injustice, religion, and involving young children in advocacy. Originally from a small town in Kentucky, she now lives in Manhattan with her husband, 6-year-old twin boys, 4-year-old girl and thinks pizazz & grit (along with a lot of love and justice) can change the world.

Richard Rohr

Love. Period. with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

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Richard Rohr

Love. Period. with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Richard Rohr joins Jacqui on this episode of Love. Period. Richard is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province. He is the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation and academic dean of the CAC’s Living School. An internationally recognized author and spiritual leader, Fr. Richard teaches primarily on incarnational mysticism, nondual consciousness, and contemplation, with a particular emphasis on how these affect the social justice issues of our time. His latest book is The Universal Christ.

Mark Charles

Love. Period. with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

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Mark Charles

Love. Period. with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Mark Charles joins Jacqui on this episode of Love. Period. He is the son of an American woman (of Dutch heritage) and a Navajo man, Mark teaches the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and Christendom in order to help forge a path of healing and conciliation for the nation. He is the co-author of the book, Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery, and he authors the blog Reflections from the Hogan.

Kevin Garcia

Love. Period. with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

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Kevin Garcia

Love. Period. with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

For the last week of Pride, Kevin Garcia joins Jacqui for Love. Period. Kevin is an author, podcaster, digital pastor and an intuitive soul coach who helps people heal spiritual wounds, create new practices for a healthy life, process experiences related to queerness + faith identity, practice radical honesty, avoid spiritual burnout, and reminds people of their infinite connection to Love. He is also the author of the book Bad Theology Kills.

Micky ScottBey Jones

Love. Period. with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

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Micky ScottBey Jones

Love. Period. with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

The Justice Doula Micky ScottBey Jones joins Jacqui for this episode of Love. Period. sharing what she has learned from grief and loving herself and others well. Micky accompanies people as they birth more love, justice and shalom into our world. As a womanist, faith rooted, contemplative activist, movement chaplain, and nonviolence practitioner, Micky supports students, clergy, activists and everyday leaders in a variety of roles – speaker, writer, facilitator, pilgrimage guide and teacher. She is the Director of Resilience and Healing Initiatives with Faith Matters Network & visionary leader of the Daring Compassion Movement Chaplaincy Project, which has already trained hundreds of people in accompaniment, healing & resilience building in social change movements. Micky earned a M.A. in Intercultural Studies from NAIITS/Portland Seminary and is a trained and certified Enneagram teacher. She is featured in two multi-authored books – Becoming Like Creoles: Living and Leading at the Intersections of Injustice, Culture and Religion and Keep Watch With Me: An Advent Reader for Peacemakers.

Genesis Be

Love. Period. with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

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Genesis Be

Love. Period. with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

On this episode, Genesis Be joins Rev. Jacqui Lewis for Love. Period. As an artist and activist, her music and art explore the nuances of her intersectionality as a queer, muslim, biracial black woman. Her long work fighting to remove the Confederate flag from the Mississippi state flag culminated in an incredible collaborative victory in June of 2020. She is also the founder of Strive Till I Rise, an organization in which Genesis advocates for racial healing, fighting racism & white supremacy, promoting voting rights, youth empowerment and the importance of healthy communication between opposing views.