A healing antidote to our divisive culture, full of evocative storytelling, spiritual wisdom, and nine essential daily practices--by the first female, Black senior minister at the historic Collegiate Churches of New York "Fierce Love teaches us that with spiritual faith we can transcend the darkest moments and come through stronger."--Gabrielle Bernstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Universe Has Your Back
We are living in a world divided. Race and ethnicity, caste and color, gender and sexuality, class and education, religion and political party have all become demographic 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 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.
Inspired by the tenets of ubuntu--the Zulu philosophy that we are each impacted by the circumstances that impact those around us, and that the world won't get better until we all
get better--Fierce Love
lays out the nine daily practices for breaking through tribalism and engineering the change we seek. From downsizing our emotional baggage to speaking truth to power to fueling our activism with joy, it demonstrates the power of small, morally courageous steps to heal our own lives, our posse, and our larger communities. Sharing stories that trace her personal reckoning with racism as well as the arc of her journey to an inclusive and service-driven faith, Dr. Lewis shows that kindness, compassion, and inclusive thinking are muscles that can be exercised and strengthened. With the goal of mending our inextricable human connection, Fierce Love
is a manifesto for all generations: a bighearted, healing antidote to our rancorous culture.
About the Author
Reverend Jacqueline J. Lewis, PhD, is a public theologian and the first Black or female senior minister at the progressive, multicultural Collegiate Church in Manhattan, which dates to 1628. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and Drew University, she is the creator of the MSNBC online show Just Faith and the PBS show Faith and Justice, in which she led important conversations about culture and current events. Raised mostly in Chicago, she now lives with her husband in Manhattan.