Guest Speaker
Faith Matters Network

Jennifer Bailey

Reverend Jen Bailey (she/her) Reverend Jen Bailey is an ordained minister, public theologian, and a leader in the multi-faith movement for justice. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Faith Matters Network, a Womanist-led organization focused on “healing the healers” by  equipping community organizers, faith leaders, and activists with resources for connection, spiritual sustainability, and accompaniment. 

Jen is Co-Founder of the People's Supper, a project that aims to repair the breach in our interpersonal relationships across political, ideological, and identity differences over shared meals. A sought-after commentator and public speaker on the intersection of religion and public life, she 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. She is the author of To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, Loss and Radical Hope (Chalice Press 2021). Rev. Bailey is ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Her new book, To My Beloveds: Letters on Faith, Race, Loss and Radical Hope was published by Chalice Press in October 2021.

Rev. Bailey serves on the boards of the Fetzer Institute, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, and the Healing Trust. She enjoys good food, dancing like no one is watching, and road trip adventures with her husband, psychotherapist and religious studies scholar Ira Helderman and baby Max.

A photo of Jennifer Bailey. Jennifer has dark brown skin, and is in a library wearing a maroon dress with a black belt. Jennifer is smiling at the camera.