FAITH+WORKS: Faith over Fear with Lesley Green-Rennis


This month we will hear from Lesley Green-Rennis for the final talk of our Turn on the Love series:

Faith over Fear

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives our fear… 1 John 4:18

Our emotional response to threat, real or perceived, is fear. Threats can be so great and the fear so paralyzing that we become ineffectual in our work. Yet, transformation, both personal and collective is born out of fear. How do we get from fear to change? Where love exists, fear is absent. Work rooted in love changes the world. 

Lesley Green-Rennis earned her B.S. in Microbiology from Michigan State University, MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Ed.D. in health education from Teachers College, Columbia University and completed postdoctoral research at Columbia University New York State Psychiatric Institute. Her research on substance use and family reunification had a profound impact on her professional and personal life. From it, Lesley learned the power of community and faith to transform even the bleakest of circumstances. Lesley currently serves as the Chair of the Health Education department at CUNY-Borough of Manhattan Community College, where she teaches courses in community health education, public health, and alternative therapies. Lesley loves teaching students at the beginning of their journeys to change the world through social justice and public health.

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