Fierce Love: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking Kindness That Can Heal the World by Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis
Via Zoom (Noon time) study – Monday, March 7th (off Easter Monday, April 18th) – May 9th
We are living in a world divided. Race and ethnicity, caste and color, gender and sexuality, class and education, religion and political party have all become demographic labels that reduce our differences to simplistic categories in which “we” are vehemently against “them.” But Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis’s own experience — of being the first female and first Black minister in her church’s history, of being in an interracial marriage, and of making peace with childhood abuse — illustrates that our human capacity for empathy and forgiveness is the key to reversing these ugly trends.
Inspired by the tenets of ubuntu — the Zulu philosophy that we are each impacted by the circumstances that impact those around us, and that the world won’t get better until we all get better — Fierce Love lays out the nine daily practices for breaking through tribalism and engineering the change we seek. From downsizing our emotional baggage to speaking truth to power to fueling our activism with joy, it demonstrates the power of small, morally courageous steps to heal our own lives, our posse, and our larger communities. Sharing stories that trace her personal reckoning with racism as well as the arc of her journey to an inclusive and service-driven faith, Dr. Lewis shows that kindness, compassion, and inclusive thinking are muscles that can be exercised and strengthened. With the goal of mending our inextricable human connection, Fierce Love is a manifesto for all generations: a bighearted, healing antidote to our rancorous culture.
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Introduction: You, Yours, and Ours
Chap. 1. Love Yourself Unconditionally. It All Starts Here.
Chap. 2. Speak Truthfully. It Will Set You Free.
Chap 3. Travel Lightly. Downsize the Burdens You Carry.
Chap 4. Show Kindness & Affection Wildly. Make Fierce Love Real.
Chap 5. Confront Boldly. Transform Your Circumstances with Moral Courage.
Chap 6. Think Inclusively. They’re Your People, Too!
Chap 7. Live Justly. Choose Fairness & Equality Every Day.
Chap 8. Find Joy Purposefully. It Is the Water of Life.
Chap 9. Believe Assiduously. Have Faith in Love.
Click here to view Video, podcast, transcript of UMC “Compass” Bonus: Fierce Love with Jacqui Lewis