Virtual Event: Jennifer Bailey, author of To My Beloveds, in conversation with Emilie Townes

Parnassus Books is excited to welcome Jennifer Bailey to celebrate her new book,To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, Loss, and Radical Hope, in conversation with Dean Emilie Townes of Vanderbilt Divinity School. 

Join the Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes, Dean of Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and Rev. Jen Bailey, Founder of Faith Matters Network, for a cross-generational conversation on "Womanist Legacies: Visions of Radical Hope Past, Present, & Future" in celebration of Rev. Bailey's new book.

This is a virtual event which will take place on the Parnassus Books Facebook page Wednesday, October 27th at 6:00pm Central Time.

After the live talk has ended, the video will be archived on the Parnassus Books Facebook page under Videos.

About the Book

How do we heal today's grief and loss to become the leaders the world needs today?

In this unique collection of love letters to her fellow activists and faith leaders, Jennifer Bailey offers comfort, wisdom, encouragement, support, and hope for young activists and emerging faith leaders aspiring to build a better world amidst its violence, trauma, and loss—and who may wonder if they’re up to the task or unsure if they’ll ever see the change they seek.

Considering three central questions—what is dying, what wants to emerge, and what is already blooming beautifully—Bailey’s poignant letters inspire us to imagine how our grief and despair can be composted into a new life filled with courage, hope, and purpose for our shared future.

About the Author

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. An Ashoka Fellow, Aspen Ideas Scholar, OnBeing 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 Wilber 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. 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.

About Emilie Townes

Emilie M. Townes, an American Baptist clergywoman, is a native of Durham, NC.  She holds a DMin from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a PhD in Religion in Society and Personality from Northwestern University. Townes is the Dean and Distinguished Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, becoming the first African American to serve as its dean in 2013.  She is the former Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale University Divinity School where she was the first African American and first woman to serve as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  In 2008, she was the first African American woman to serve as president of the American Academy of Religion and recently served as President of the Society for the Study of Black Religion from 2012-2016.  She taught on the faculties of Union Theological Seminary, NY and Saint Paul School of Theology. She is the editor of two collection of essays, author of four books including her groundbreaking book, Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil.  She is a co-editor of two books. Townes was elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Virtual event: Parnassus Books Facebook page (link above)
Books: 
To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, Loss, and Radical Hope Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780827237278
Availability: Special Order - Usually Arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Chalice Press - October 12th, 2021