Dr. Jacqui Lewis is Senior Minister Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village of Manhattan in New York, New York. Middle Church is a dynamic 900-member multiracial, multicultural, inclusive congregation in which everyone is welcome just as they are as they come through the door. Jacqui is also the Executive Director of The Middle Project, an institute that prepares ethical leaders for a more just society.
The author of The Power of Stories spoke to us with a live-audience interview at 2016’s Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina, with an introduction by Russ Jennings, the host of the Love in a Dangerous Time podcast.
Prior to Middle Church, Jacqui worked as a senior consultant for the Alban Institute. She has been a pastor to two congregations in Trenton, New Jersey. One was a new church development and community center called the Imani Community Church, a rich multicultural experiment, which cemented her commitment to multicultural and multiracial congregations as a way to dismantle discrimination. Jacqui believes that when we “rehearse” the Reign of God in congregational life, we learn lessons for healing the world.
Dr. Lewis graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, with a B.S. in Business Administration. She earned her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1992, focusing on preaching, urban ministry and education. She earned a M.Phil. (2002) and a Ph.D. (2004) in Psychology and Religion from Drew University, writing a dissertation on leaders in multiracial/multicultural congregations.
Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Dr. Lewis is a nationally recognized author, activist, speaker, and preacher on the topics of racial, economic, and gender/LGBTI justice. She has been adjunct faculty at Princeton Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, The Graduate Theological Union, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and Wesley Theological Seminary. Lewis has been interviewed on NPR’s Weekend Edition, WABC, WNBC, CNN, GritTV, in Ebony and Forbes magazines, and The New York Timesonline. Author of The Power of Stories: A Guide for Leaders in Multi-Racial and Multi-Cultural Congregations and a children’s book that celebrates diversity, You Are So Wonderful!, Lewis has published numerous articles and sermons, and blogs for The Huffington Post. She is working on a spiritual memoir about getting a grown-up God.
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.
Senior Minister, Middle Collegiate Church, New York, NY
Executive Director, The Middle Project, Inc.
Sponsor: United Faith Leaders
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Love in a Dangerous Time Podcast with Russ Jennings
That’ll Preach Podcast with Jacqui Lewis and Jim Kast-Keats
You Are So Wonderful! by Jacqueline Lewis
The End of White Christian America by Robert P. Jones
Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett
Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment by Marrianne Williamson
Jacqui’s Huffington Post Contributions