“A Brave Conversation with the Flagstaff Unitarian CommUnity (not a typo),” the Lived Black Experience with the Rev. Dr. Bernadine Lewis

ALL ARE WELCOME! You BELONG at Beacon. Spiritually open and intentionally inclusive since 1958.

We’re honored to have Bernadine Lewis as our featured speaker in our service on Sunday, October 9. Rev. Robin will host with music from Andrez Alcazar and Austin Shaw.

Bernadine’s sermon is entitled, “A Brave Conversation with the Flagstaff Unitarian CommUnity (not a typo).” Bernadine will explore:

  • My Family’s History and Upbringing as a Person of African Descent
  • DEI and Brave Conversations – What they are and Why they are Important/What DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)  is Not
  • My Spiritual Calling and DEI Work (A Labor of Love)
  • The Lived Black Experience Project (The LBE)
  • How Can the CommUnity Support the Lived Black Experience (the Project and overall effort)?

Rev. Dr. Bernadine Lewis was ordained as a prophetess and teacher in both the Apostolic Pentecostal and Baptist faiths in 2000. Her theology training included spending several years in the mosque and synagogue while attending other spiritual spaces.

It was evident early on that her spiritual calling was beyond the four walls of any place of worship or religion. Her divinity education concluded with creating a ministry to bring societal transformation through agape theology, which she defines as bringing forth the unity of humankind with the love of God, which is selfless and unconditional.  Love is her religion.

Currently, she is integrating her ministry into her position as director of Undergraduate Programs at the W. A. Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University and sharing her passion for DEIJ by partnering with various organizations and communities throughout the region and state of Arizona. She is also a co-producer of the Lived Black Experience Project Community Dialogues, which introduces and highlights topics on what it means to be Black in America and northern Arizona.

Holding an MBA in Marketing and a Doctorate of Divinity degree, Rev. Dr. Bernadine Lewis is also a visual artist, jeweler, and fashion designer with an incurable case of wanderlust.