Rev. Jacqueline Lewis is senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church, a 1,300-member congregation in New York City. An activist and public theologian, Reverend Lewis leads her welcoming, artistic, multi-everything congregation to work for racial, gender, economic, and LGBTQIA equality, and against gun violence, preaching “Love God, Neighbor, and Self—Love. Period. Everything else is commentary.”
Rev. Lewis is the author of: The Power of Stories: A Guide for Leaders in Multiracial and Multicultural Congregations; Ten Essential Strategies to Grow a Multiracial, Multicultural Congregation, and children’s book You Are So Wonderful! Her latest work, Fierce Love: A Bold Path to a Better Life and a Better World—a manifesto for all generations, a universalist’s vision for mending our broken hearts and fractured world—will be released this year by Penguin Random House.
The Lawrence Lecture Series aims to establish a public forum for inquiry into the nature and relevancy of religion (either institutionally, philosophically, or as an ethical force) in a world of accelerating technological and social change, as well as sharpening human crisis and conflicting social values.