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Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis: Faith Is Horizontal


“Chicago was on fire when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered,” said Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Senior Minister at Middle Church. “I found it ironic that the response to the death of this peacemaker was violence.”

Following King’s death, 8-year-old Lewis felt compelled to “pick up a mantle” and continue the peacemaker’s work for justice.

Now, decades later, Lewis works to advance racial justice, LGBTQ rights, and economic opportunities for the underserved.

Working at a multiracial church has taught Lewis that faith is horizontal, which means, “We have to work to really love our neighbors, and loving our neighbors means working for justice.”

“The ongoing malaise of racism in America is just outrageous to me. This is the issue I feel most called to dismantle – racism.”

Lewis believes that by building one relationship at a time, we will begin to see a change in communities.

“Love manifests itself equally over time” Lewis said.

In April, the nationally renowned minister will host her 12th annual Revolutionary Love Conference.

This is just one of the many projects that Lewis and the Middle Church are working on.

“We are imploding into one hot mess of racist, white supremacist, fascist community and at Middle Church, we believe we can restore that with revolutionary love.”

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