Reverend Jennifer Bailey

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Founder and Executive Director of the Faith Matters Network

Named one of 15 Faith Leaders to Watch by the Center for American Progress, Rev. Jennifer Bailey is an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (the first historically black Protestant denomination in the world) and an emerging national leader in the multifaith 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. The People’s Supper, which she co-founded in 2017, has hosted over 1,400 suppers in 121 communities nationwide, bringing ordinary citizens, schools, workplaces, faith communities, and neighborhood organizations together to engage constructively on issues affecting their communities. An Ashoka Fellow, Aspen Ideas Scholar, On Being Fellow, and Truman Scholar, Rev. Bailey earned degrees from Tufts University and Vanderbilt University Divinity School. She has spoken at the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit, Makers, TEDxSkoll, and the White House. Her writing has appeared in Salon, the Huffington Post, Sojourners, On Being, and the Washington Post’s Lily Blog.

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