Rev. Jen Bailey is an ordained minister, public theologian, and national leader in the multi-faith movement for justice. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Faith Matters Network, a Womanist-led organization equipping community organizers, faith leaders, and activists with resources for connection, spiritual sustainability, and accompaniment.
Rev. Jen is also Co-Founder of the People's Supper. Founded after the 2016 Presidential Election, The People’s Supper has hosted over 2,000 suppers in 135 communities nationwide focusing on bringing people together across lines of difference to engage constructively on issues affecting their communities since January 20, 2017.
An Ashoka Fellow, Aspen Ideas Scholar, On Being Fellow, New Pluralist Field Builder and Truman Scholar, Rev. Jen earned degrees from Tufts University and Vanderbilt University Divinity School where she was awarded the Wilbur F. Tillett Prize for accomplishments in the study of theology.
A sought-after commentator and public speaker on the intersection of religion and public life, Rev. Jen has spoken at the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit, Makers, TEDxSkoll, and the White House. Her work has been featured on OnBeing with Krista Tippett, CBS This Morning, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and dozens of other publications. Her first book, To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, Loss and Radical Hope, was published by Chalice Press on October 12, 2021. Order your copy here!
Jen currently sits on the boards of The Fetzer Institute, Jessie Ball duPont Fund and The Healing Trust. She is also ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and serves locally on the staff of Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church in Nashville, Tennessee. She enjoys good food, dancing like nobody is watching, and road trip adventures with her husband and baby Max.
Episode #1606 Reverend Jen Bailey: “Living Into Our Faith”
If Reverend Jen Bailey could share one message with her church it would be that: “They are beloved, no matter what they’ve done or where they’ve been. They are loved because of who they are.”
Founder of Faith Matters Network and Co-founder of the People’s Supper, Reverend Jen is a compassionate voice in the new dawn of religion and spirituality. We delve into her book, To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, Loss, and Radical Hope, to explore what it means to live into our faith and experience God in the tiny and the vast because “the sacred exists in all of it.”
She believes that “the great question of the twenty-first century is the question of how we “be” together.” We reflect on taking care of each other as an embodiment of love and ideate a new definition for sustainable strength, imbued by the radical hope that “we have the deep ability to transform the world in the here and now.”