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Rising to Fierce Love for Ourselves and the World

November 17, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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We’ll celebrate the launch of Jacqui Lewis’ new book, Fierce Love: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World. In the book, Rev. Dr. Lewis teaches readers how they can build concentric circles of fierce love—to better love yourself, your posse and our world. Throughout, she weaves stories from her own life that illustrate the surprising ways love manifests in our lives, and how it bends our world toward justice.

Jacqui will be in conversation with Cole Arthur Riley. Together, she and Jacqui will talk about how rest is integral to self-love, and the foundation for liberatory action. They’ll explore how to pursue models of self- and community-care that escape hollowed-out, commodified self-love to foster a fierce love that will transform the world around you—and your relationship with it. This conversation is part of the Freedom Rising Salons, a year-long conversation series that features thought leaders, organizers, artists and modern prophets reflecting on crucial justice issues, and what we all can do to rise and meet them.

Cole Arthur Riley
Cole Arthur Riley (she/her) is a writer, liturgist, speaker seeking a deeply contemplative life marked by embodiment and emotion. She is the founder and writer of Black Liturgies, a project seeking to integrate concepts of dignity, lament, rage, justice, rest, and liberation with the practice of written prayer.

She currently serves as the Content and Spiritual Formation Manager for a center for Christian studies at Cornell University called Chesterton House. In her work, she produces and curates content to guide others into deeper musings and embodiment of the faith. At present, Cole is concerned with topics of dignity, lament, belonging, justice, rest, and liberation. Some thinkers who have formed her include, James Baldwin, Thomas Merton, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Julian of Norwich.


November 17, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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