Fierce Freedom
with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Friday, June 18 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time/Noon Central
Broadcast live across the country from the National Press Club

For the second year in a row, BJC is bringing a lunchtime conversation to you. On Friday, June 18, we will broadcast a virtual event for religious liberty advocates and supporters — and even those simply curious about this issue — across the country.

Click here to view the program schedule

Our speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, an author, activist and public theologian who serves as the Senior Minister of Middle Collegiate Church in New York City. Her new podcast, Love.Period, produced by the Center for Action and Contemplation, was released this  year,  and her new book, Fierce Love (Penguin Random House) is available later this year.

Held the day before Juneteenth, this will be a celebration of freedom for all, opportunities for conversation, and a challenge to re-think many of the ways our discussions of religious freedom have been white for too long.

We want everyone to be able to attend this virtual event — which is also our annual luncheon — free of charge, and that’s where we need your help. Here’s how you can help us underwrite this event:

Supporting Sponsor
For just $50 the price of a normal summer BJC luncheon ticket you will help us make this program free for others.  Your general registration is automatically included when you sponsor. You will be recognized in the program and listed on screen during the event.

85th Anniversary Sponsor
As an 85th Anniversary Sponsor, your gift of $85 advances BJC’s mission of moving faith freedom forward. You will be registered for the event and receive the recognition that general sponsors receive, plus 85th Anniversary Sponsors will be invited to our post-event program and be recognized in an upcoming issue of Report from the Capital.

Event Sponsor
As an Event Sponsor formerly known as a “table sponsor” your gift of $500 helps cover the cost of planning and marketing this special event. You will be registered for the event and receive the benefits that 85th Anniversary Sponsors receive, and we’ll send you a digital invitation to invite your friends to join you at your “virtual” table. Plus, you will be recognized during the event program by Amanda Tyler

Speaker Sponsor
By giving a gift of $1,000, you assist BJC in showcasing the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, who will inspire our audience to move forward in their commitment to religious freedom. You will be registered for the event and receive the benefits and recognition of Event Sponsors, and we’ll send you a signed copy of Dr. Lewis’ new book, Fierce Love, when it releases this year.

National Press Club Studio Sponsor
Your gift of $2,500 will allow BJC to broadcast our virtual event with a high degree of excellence using the studios and crew of the National Press Club. You will be registered for the event and receive the benefits and recognition of Speaker Sponsors including a signed copy of Dr. Lewis’ book and we’ll send you a special “behind the scenes” video, highlighting how we are broadcasting  the program.

About the Luncheon

Since 1991, BJC has brought together friends and supporters of religious liberty for a time of fellowship and updates on the latest news out of Washington. In 2020, our luncheon was a virtual event, broadcast to homes across the country.

2020 Luncheon: A national conversation on white supremacy and American Christianity

On June 26, 2020, BJC hosted a conversation on race and Christianity with author Robert P. Jones and journalist Adelle Banks, broadcast live from the National Press Club studios.

Click here to watch a recording of the entire program on BJC’s YouTube channel.

After the event, we had a live discussion on our Facebook page with reactions and a continuing conversation with BJC Director of Education Charles Watson Jr. and Dr. Alphonso F. Saville IV. Click here to watch their conversation.

Read a recap of BJC Luncheon from our magazine: Reckoning with white supremacy in American Christianity