The Campolo Fellows Lecture Series continues this week, October 24-26, 2018, when Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis will be delivering a series of talks for the Campolo Center for Ministry, Eastern University and Palmer Theological Seminary. During this Mission Forum week, Dr. Lewis will be discussing racial justice and reconciliation and economic justice as missional work.
On Friday, October 26th, Dr. Lewis will deliver the Windows on the World lecture, entitled The Pentecost Paradigm: What the Church Must do to Dismantle Racism.
While the United States of America grows increasingly diverse, there is a seeming resurgence of emboldened white-nationalism and re-assertion of white supremacy that threatens the Peace of the City and contradicts the character of God’s will on earth as it is in heaven. The Church must bear witness to and embody the Good News — for all of God’s children — in this socio-cultural context. But how do churches build immunity from racial and ethnic tensions that threaten to divide rather than unite congregations? Jacqui Lewis will share practical strategies to develop multiracial, multicultural communities of faith based on her research, experience and leadership with The Middle Project and as Senior Pastor at Middle Collegiate Church, a vibrant, multiracial, welcoming, and inclusive congregation in New York City.
Thursday, October 25
University Choir and Music Department at 2:30 PM
Chapel and Chew with Palmer Theological Seminary at 6 PM
Friday, October 26
Window on the World at 10 AM: The Pentecost Paradigm: What the Church Must do to Dismantle Racism
Luncheon and Q&A at 11:30 AM
Honors Forum at 3 PM
For questions about the Campolo Fellows Lecture Series, please contact the Campolo Center at CampoloCenter@eastern.edu or 610-341-1715.
ABOUT Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis
When she was eight years old, Jacqui Lewis hid under her bed as bullets flew in her Chicago neighborhood following the assassination of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In that moment, she felt called to work for racial equality in the United States.
It has been said that her 1,000-member congregation, Middle Collegiate Church in New York City, has diversity that looks like the subway, but its legendary love feels like home. Jews, Buddhists, atheists, and Christians pack its sanctuary to standing-room-only capacity. Millennials and boomers, trans and gay, singles and families all call Middle their own. Middle Church is celebrated in Robert P. Jones’ book, The End of White Christian America, as an example of what revolutionary love can do to combat racism and xenophobia.
Believing faith communities can lead the way to racial reconciliation, Dr. Lewis co-founded The Middle Project with her spouse, The Rev. John Janka, which trains leaders to create a more just society. More than 500 faith leaders attended the 12th annual conference, “Revolutionary Love – Complete the Dream” last April, with speakers such as Van Jones, Valarie Kaur, William J. Barber II, America Ferrara, Parker Palmer, Miguel De La Torre, and Brian McLaren on faculty. “Revolutionary Love—The Politics of Faith” will take place April 5–7, 2019.
Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Dr. Lewis is the first African American and first woman to serve as senior minister in the Collegiate Church, which was founded in New York City in 1628. She earned her M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary and her Ph.D. in Psychology and Religion at Drew University, and has been adjunct faculty at Princeton Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, The Graduate Theological Union, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and Wesley Theological Seminary.
Dr. Lewis hosted “Just Faith,” an on-demand television program on MSNBC.com and is a frequent media commentator. Her books include The Power of Stories: A Guide for Leaders in Multi-racial, Multi-cultural Congregations, The Pentecost Paradigm: Ten Strategies for Becoming a Multiracial Congregation, and the children’s book, You Are So Wonderful! Dr. Lewis is an Auburn Senior Fellow and is currently at work on a book about a path to revolutionary love.