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Transforming Your Circumstances — ALOK

Love. Period. with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

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Transforming Your Circumstances — ALOK

Love. Period. with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

On this episode of Love Period, ALOK joins Jacqui to cover the themes found in the fifth chapter of Fierce Love: Confront Boldly, Transform Your Circumstances with Moral Courage. ALOK (they/them) is an internationally acclaimed writer, performer, and public speaker. As a mixed-media artist their work explores themes of trauma, belonging, and the human condition. They are the author of Femme in Public (2017), Beyond the Gender Binary (2020), and Your Wound/My Garden (2021). They are the creator of #DeGenderFashion: a movement to degender fashion and beauty industries and have been honored as one of HuffPo’s Culture Shifters, NBC’s Pride 50, and Business Insider’s Doers. Over the past decade they have presented at more than 600 venues in 40 countries.

Show Kindness and Affection Wildly — Frank Schaeffer

Love. Period. with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

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Show Kindness and Affection Wildly — Frank Schaeffer

Love. Period. with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Frank Schaeffer joins Jacqui for this episode of Love Period where they discuss the themes found in the fourth chapter of Jacqui’s new book Fierce Love which is titled “Show Kindness and Affection Wildly. Make Fierce Love Real.” Frank is an artist and a New York Times bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. Frank has lectured at a wide range of venues from Harvard’s Kennedy School to the Hammer Museum/UCLA, Princeton University, Riverside Church Cathedral, DePaul University and the Kansas City Public Library.

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.