The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis uses her gifts as author, activist, preacher, and public theologian toward creating an antiracist, just, gun violence free, fully welcoming, gender affirming society in which everyone has enough.

Jacqui is the Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church. A womanist theologian, Jacqui has preached at the Festival of Homiletics, the Wild Goose Festival, The Children’s Defense Fund’s Haley Farm, and was a featured speaker on the Together national tour with best-selling author, Glennon Doyle.

Dr. Lewis’ work has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, the front page of The New York Times website, New York Times Video, The New York Post, CNN i-report, Essence,, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, The Associated Press, The San Francisco Chronicle, U.S. News, The Public’s Radio, The Houston Chronicle, The Seattle Times, The San Diego Union Tribune, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The Yakima Herald. She has blogged for The Huffington Post, GLAAD, Patheos, and Believe Out Loud. Her books include The Power of Stories; Ten Essential Strategies (with John Janka); Becoming Like Creoles (with Curtiss de Young, et al), and the children’s book, You Are So Wonderful! Harmony/Penguin Random House published her book, Fierce Love: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World in 2021. Her next book is the Just Love Story Bible for Children (Beaming Books, 2024).

Quickly & In Motion for Fierce Love throughout the year.

Michael Flynn’s Holy War – Frontline | PBS

“How did Michael Flynn go from being an elite soldier overseas to waging a “spiritual war” in America? In collaboration with the Associated Press, FRONTLINE examines how the retired three-star general has emerged as a leader in a far-right movement that puts its brand of Christianity at the center of American civic life & institutions and is attracting election deniers, conspiracists & extremists.”

This video premiered October 2022.

Healing through Kindness – Good Morning America

“Author and minister Dr. Jacqui Lewis on how to love fiercely and her new book, “Fierce Love: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World.”

This episode aired Nov. 2021.


The Takeaway | WNYC Studio – Turning to Faith in the Wake of Tragedy

Reverend Jacqui Lewis is Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church. She is the author of Fierce Love: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World and the host of the “Love.Period.” Podcast.

Reverend Jacqui Lewis a regular of the show and she always leaves our listeners with a timely message about the power of love and radical acceptance. We spoke with the Reverend Jacqui Lewis, Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church about how she’s making sense of the tragic Buffalo massacre.

This episode of The Takeaway | WNYC Studios aired May 2022.


A Dominatrix & A Preacher Have An Honest Conversation While Finger Painting – Buzzfeed

“What happens when a sex worker and a religious leader get honest about their pasts? ”

This video aired in June 2022

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On Abortion and Religious Faith – The Brian Lehrer Show

“Many Evangelical Christian churches and The Catholic Church have lobbied for decades to outlaw the right to an abortion, but not all people of faith agree. Reverend Dr. Jacqueline Lewis senior minister at the Middle Church and author of Fierce Love: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness that Can Heal the World (Harmony, 2021) talks about how abortion rights fit into her religious and moral values, and listeners from different faiths do the same. Plus, Rev. Dr. Lewis reflects on the racist mass shooting this weekend in Buffalo, and talks about how Middle Collegiate addressed it at church yesterday.”

This episode aired in May 2022

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Notes from America with Kai Wright “Is Love the Most Transformative Political Act?”- Podcast

“Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis helps us understand the potential of love in our politics. Then, hear from a student participating in a hunger strike for voting rights. What is it like putting your body on the line when your own Senator is the person standing in the way? Arizona State University sophomore, Michaela Schillinger, takes us through the process of organizing a strike while balancing school, meeting with legislators like Senator Kyrsten Sinema, and a surprising update as the story continues to unfold.”

This episode of Notes From American with Kai Wright originally aired, January 2022

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Starts With Us – A Radical Journey to Fierce Love

“The fires of human living have taught me that we are greater in love than we are in hate. This moment (post SCOTUS overturning Roe v Wade) we’re in requires big radical fierce love and bold intersectional work. These issues we are facing in this moment are just as much mine as they are yours. As Audre Lorde said, “no one is free until we are all free.”

This video from Starts With Us premiered August 2022.

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Jacqueline Lewis’s Life Story: A Kunhardt Film Foundation Interview

“Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Lewis recalls growing up on Air Force bases with her family, and how trauma from her childhood activated her journey of joining the clergy, with the mission of working to heal the world. She discusses the importance of self love, understanding other people’s points of view, and the power we all have to make a difference.”

This video premiered November 2022.

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How Lil Nas X Is Reclaiming Queerness to Proclaim His Own Blessedness

Harpers Bazaar

“Rev. Jacqui Lewis explores the Black liberation theology roots of Lil Nas X’s Montero (Call Me By Your Name) video.”

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Think Christianity Is Anti-Abortion? Think Again


“If the far-right wants to get biblical on ‘though shalt not kill,’ they need to consult a rabbi on the Jewish law codes that this statement comes from… there you’ll find that there are in place provisions for abortion. I honestly think Jesus would be screaming at us, “what are you doing in my name?”  – Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

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How Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis Spends Her Sundays

The New York Times

Published 2021.

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How the Capitol Police Privileged White Rage

Religion News Service

“I’m so damn tired of living in a country that treats Black grief as a threat and white rage as a sacrament.” – Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Published January 2021.

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Faith leaders react with joy, anger to Roe’s reversal


Published June 2022.

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