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Repenting & Repairing with Fierce Love
November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Regardless of the midterm election outcome, we have hard work ahead. The U.S. still refuses to acknowledge its myriad systemic harms—from foundational evils like enslavement and indigenous genocide to the widespread racism, antisemitism, transphobia and other bigotries that currently afflict our politics. We need to truly grapple with what it means to repent from these sins, and chart a new future.
The night after the election, join two of the country’s foremost ethicists and religious scholars as they diagnose what’s inhibiting progress, and how we can change. Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg’s new book On Repentance and Repair is swiftly becoming a cornerstone text on this topic, and Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis’ acclaimed Fierce Love digs deep into how ubuntu and a politics of mutuality can usher in a more just future. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear them in conversation, offering words our nation—and each of us—need to hear.
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg serves as scholar in residence for the National Council of Jewish women. She is an award-winning author and writer. She was named by Newsweek as a “rabbi to watch,” as a “faith leader to watch” by the Center for American Progress, has been a Washington Post Sunday crossword clue (83 Down) and called a “wunderkund of Jewish feminism” by Publishers Weekly. Her newest book, On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World has been hailed by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley as ““A must read for anyone navigating the work of justice and healing.” and by the author Rebecca Solnit as “brilliant.” She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Salon, Time, and many other publications. She has been featured on NPR, in The Atlantic, USA Today, NBC News, CNN, MTV News, Vice, Buzzfeed News, and elsewhere.
Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis is Senior Minister for Public Theology and Transformation at Middle Church in New York City. In her activism, preaching, speaking, writing, and teaching, Dr. Lewis advocates for racial equality, gun control, economic justice, and equal rights for all sexual orientations/genders. A world-renowned theologian, Dr. Lewis has been featured on the The Today Show, All In with Chris Hayes, AM Joy, The Melissa Harris Perry Show, NY1, ABC, NBC, PBS, CBS and many more, and her writing has appeared in outlets like Harper’s Bazaar, Vox, The Huffington Post and Religion News Service. She is the author of several books, most recently Fierce Love: A Bold Path to a Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World which was published by Penguin Random House in 2021.