Terence Lester

writer, storyteller, and public scholar.

Dr. Terence Lester is a storyteller, public scholar, speaker, community activist, and author who is the Founder and Executive Director at Love Beyond Walls, a nonprofit organization focused on raising poverty and homelessness awareness and community mobilization.


Latest Books

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I See You

We don’t care about what we don’t see. Countless people are invisible to us. We overlook the poor and homeless, partly because we don’t share much space with them.

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When We Stand

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the injustices that we see in the world. We don’t know what to do and might think that we don’t have anything to offer.
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All God’s Children

The more you understand someone’s history, the better you can see their humanity. This is true for individuals as well as for society at large.


Zion Learns To See

Join Zion as she learns about people experiencing homelessness, and see how she is moved to respond as she recognizes that all people matter to God.


Diversity is not the same thing as inclusion. Diversity invites people to the table, but inclusion empowers your voice to be heard while you’re at the table. Diversity without inclusion is shallow marketing. I do not wish to sit at any tables that want my skin for marketing but not my voice for truth and perspective.

"Everyone is welcome” is drastically different from “we built this with you in mind.” People do not want to go where they are merely tolerated; they want to go where they are included.

If you have more hate in your speech than love, you might want to check to see what’s going on in your heart, not the lives of those you hate.


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From Streets to Scholarship is a newsletter about dignity, compassion, justice, faith, culture, and what we can do to create change.


Terence’s Work

Love Beyond Walls

Dignity Museum

Podcast Features


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