36 episodes

Do you yearn for a new vision of Christianity—one with love and justice at the core of its practice? Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis animates a renewed faith for our times in her new podcast Love Period. As a writer, scholar, activist, and leader of a radically accepting congregation in New York City, Rev. Jacqui brings her devotion, clarity, and energy to this conversational podcast. In conversation with artists, activists, and faith leaders, such as Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor, Wajahat Ali, and many others, Rev. Jacqui reveals the transformative potential—and urgent need—for radical love in our times.

Love Period with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis CAC

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 109 Ratings

Do you yearn for a new vision of Christianity—one with love and justice at the core of its practice? Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis animates a renewed faith for our times in her new podcast Love Period. As a writer, scholar, activist, and leader of a radically accepting congregation in New York City, Rev. Jacqui brings her devotion, clarity, and energy to this conversational podcast. In conversation with artists, activists, and faith leaders, such as Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor, Wajahat Ali, and many others, Rev. Jacqui reveals the transformative potential—and urgent need—for radical love in our times.

    Trauma and Grace with Serene Jones

    Trauma and Grace with Serene Jones

    What’s been burdening you lately? Today, it seems everyone is managing the emotional weight of the increasingly insecure tone of our world. 
    In this episode, Religious Scholar Serene Jones joins Rev. Jacqui for a conversation about the impact of trauma on our ability to love. In this healing conversation, Serene and Jacqui share how affirming our emotional experiences can lead us to a deeper understanding of personal power. 
    A highly respected scholar and public intellectual, the Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is the 16th President of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. The first woman to head the 182-year-old institution, Jones occupies the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy. She is a Past President of the American Academy of Religion, which annually hosts the world’s largest gathering of scholars of religion. Jones came to Union after seventeen years at Yale University, where she was the Titus Street Professor of Theology at the Divinity School, and Chair of the University’s Program in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the author of several books including Trauma and Grace and, most recently, her memoir Call It Grace: Finding Meaning in a Fractured World. Jones, a popular public speaker, is sought by media to comment on major issues impacting society because of her deep grounding in theology, politics, women’s studies, economics, race studies, history, and ethics.
    Resources:

    Jacqui’s new book Fierce Love can be found here.


    A transcript for this episode can be found here.



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    • 39 min
    Navigating the Fires of Longing and Transformation with Mirabai Starr

    Navigating the Fires of Longing and Transformation with Mirabai Starr

    How do we walk through the fire? Trials in life have often been likened to an encounter with fire—first, we experience disorientation, but in the end, transformation, and renewal.  
    In this episode, inter-spiritual scholar and mystical teacher, Mirabai Starr, joins Jacqui in conversation on wise ways to navigate the fires burning in our world. Embrace fire as a symbol for purging the elements of our lives that no longer serve us in loving each other more deeply. 
    Resources:

    Jacqui’s new book Fierce Love can be found here.


    Mirabai's book, Wild Mercy can be found here.


    Mirabai's latest, St. John of the Cross: Luminous Darkness can be found here.


    A transcript for this episode can be found here.



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    • 43 min
    Mindful Living and Conscious Capitalism with Kerry Docherty

    Mindful Living and Conscious Capitalism with Kerry Docherty

    What can we learn about balance from the natural world? On this episode, Rev. Jacqui Lewis speaks with Kerry Docherty, Chief Impact Officer of Faherty Brand, to explore how each aspect of our lives has the potential to transform and strengthen our communities. Whether we're focusing on expanding our professional life or our relationships, how do we show up with a greater sense of purpose and ease? 
    Kerry Docherty is a lawyer with a background in human rights and mindfulness, Kerry uses Faherty's platform to create community and conversation through the event series, Sun Sessions, which spotlights good people doing good work. She loves to write, and her first children's book was released earlier this year. She and her husband, Alex (whom she met in college), live in Brooklyn with their two kids.
    Resources:

    Jacqui’s new book Fierce Love can be found here.


    Kerry's new book, Somewhere, Right Now can be found here.


    A transcript for this episode can be found here.



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    • 34 min
    Unpacking a New Era of Women's Rights with Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft

    Unpacking a New Era of Women's Rights with Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft

    How do our political realities affect our lives? Can we in fact, heal despite the very real threats that we face today? On this episode, Rev. Jacqui Lewis is joined by Rev. Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft the Executive Minister for Justice, Education & Movement Building at Middle Church, in conversation about the effect of political injustice on our lives. Jacqui and Amanda discuss loss and devastation—of loved ones, of spaces of safety and inspiration, and the work and clarity it demands to fiercely love ourselves and each other through challenging times.
    Resources:

    Jacqui’s new book Fierce Love can be found here.


    Amanda's conversation with Doug Pagitt can be found here.


    Amanda's reference of The Cut article can be found here.


    A transcript for this episode can be found here.



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    • 47 min
    God is a Black Woman with Dr. Christena Cleveland PhD

    God is a Black Woman with Dr. Christena Cleveland PhD

    Are you open to a new vision of God? Dr. Christena Cleveland joins Jacqui for the first episode of the third season. In this revolutionary conversation, Rev. Jacqui Lewis and Christena Cleveland, author of God Is a Black Woman, talk about the power of encountering embodied symbols of the Divine that can move us toward greater expansion, hope, and love for one another. Together, they invite you, the listener, to let go of a vision of God who is small minded, fearful, and oppressive in exchange for an expansive God who encourages us to live in an overflowing river of love. 
    Christena Cleveland Ph.D. is a social psychologist, public theologian, author, and activist. She is the founder and director of the Center for Justice + Renewal as well as its sister organization, Sacred Folk, which creates resources to stimulate people’s spiritual imaginations and support their journeys toward liberation.
    A weaver of Black liberation and the sacred feminine, Dr. Cleveland integrates psychology, theology, storytelling, and art to stimulate our spiritual imaginations. She recently completed her third full-length book, God is a Black Woman (HarperOne), which details her 400-mile walking pilgrimage across central France in search of ancient Black Madonna statues, and examines the relationship among race, gender, and cultural perceptions of the Divine. 
    Resources:

    Jacqui’s new book Fierce Love can be found here.


    Christena's new book, God is a Black Woman can be found here.


    A transcript for this episode can be found here.



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    • 39 min
    Curating Bold Black Joy with Tracey Michae'l-Lewis Giggetts

    Curating Bold Black Joy with Tracey Michae'l-Lewis Giggetts

    What does your sanctuary look like? What does it feel like? On this episode, Rev. Jacqui invites author and educator Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts to the table to discuss the nature of joy—how to recognize it, feel it, and invite it into our lives. Through this stimulating conversation, explore how claiming a space of sanctuary can energize your journey of awakening. 
    As a writer and thought-leader, Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts offers those who read her work and hear her speak an authentic experience; an opportunity to explore the intersection of culture, identity and faith/spirituality at the deepest levels. She is the host of the podcast, HeARTtalk with Tracey Michae’l, and founder of HeARTspace, a healing community created to serve those who have experienced trauma of any kind through the use of storytelling and the arts.
    As a writer, Tracey has published eighteen books including several collaborations with numerous high-profile authors. In 2021, Tracey became one of 20 writers who contributed to the groundbreaking book, You are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience edited by acclaimed researcher, Brene Brown, and founder of the MeToo Movement, Tarana Burke. Her most recent publication is the critically-acclaimed book, Black Joy: Stories of Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration (Gallery/Simon and Schuster) which has received rave reviews from celebrities like Kerry Washington, literary writers like Kiese Laymon and Deesha Philyaw, and media outlets like Good Morning America, Essence Magazine, and USA Today.
    Tracey has spoken on a number of platforms around the country on topics related to race/social justice, healing, and faith/spirituality.
    Resources:

    Jacqui’s new book Fierce Love can be found here.


    Tracey's new book, Black Joy can be found here.


    A transcript for this episode can be found here.



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    Tracey Michae'l-Lewis Giggetts: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


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    • 41 min

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“ Love God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind Love your neighbors as you live yourself.” “ Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you”.

Love, love, love! Love as a muscular power that is the only thing that can change our world for the better.

Thank you Dr. Lewis and CAC for this beautiful podcast!!

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