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Bailey, Jennifer

Rev. Jennifer Bailey is named one of 15 Faith Leaders to Watch by the Center for American Progress. She is an ordained minister, public theologian, and national leader in multi-faith movement for justice. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Faith Matters Network, a Womanist-led organization equipping community organizers, faith leaders, and activists with resources for connection, spiritual sustainability, and accompaniment. 

She is also Co-Founder of The People’s Supper. Since January 2017, The People’s Supper has hosted over 2,000 suppers in 150 communities nationwide focusing on bringing people together to engage constructively on issues affecting their communities. Along the way, the project has teamed up with ordinary citizens, schools, workplaces, faith communities, and neighborhood organizations to create space of collective healing over nourishing meals and conversation.

An Ashoka Fellow, Aspen Ideas Scholar, On Being Fellow, and Truman Scholar, Reverend Bailey 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. Bailey has spoken on the national and international stage 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.

Reverend Bailey is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Books by Jen Bailey