Cole Arthur Riley Biography
Matters of spirituality are mostly neglected despite having a great impact on human lives. Many spiritual teachers coming from all faiths recognize the power of the spiritual realm over the physical realm. Cole Arthur Riley is an upcoming spiritual teacher, writer, and author whose focus is on black spirituality. She believes that black people’s needs have not only been neglected physically but also spiritually. In her arguments, recognizing black spirituality would help solve many problems the black community faces. She believes that embracing spirituality does not limit the body rather it reveals the body as it really is.
Cole Arthur Riley Age, Family, and Husband
Cole is a Pittsburgh native born on 23rd August 1990. She was raised in a Christian background but her curiosity about Christian traditions made her gradually deviate from them. The author is also a married woman. She had her wedding, which she celebrated online with her fans when she was celebrating her father’s birthday.
Cole grew up a hard-working and silent girl, an attribute she learned from her father. She got her passion for writing from her father who used to bribe her to write poems and short stories. This passion led her to study writing at the University of Pittsburgh.
Since graduating, Riley has been beefing up her writing skills. She became famous in 2021 after she created a page on Instagram called Black Liturgy. The page is primarily about black people. The main focus of her page stems from her belief in black spirituality. Cole claims that Black Liturgy is a space where black people can release range, and sadness and find rest, joy, and peace.
The decision to start Black Liturgy comes from her experiences in life. Cole grew up a Christian. The fundamentals of Christianity were her way of life until she felt some things did not add up. She questioned the divine nature of Jesus Christ and the maleness of God. In her book, she uses the pronouns he and she to describe God. Her curiosity ushered her to freedom which led her to a new form of spirituality, which she believes is connected to black people.
Now, Riley preaches this belief hoping it would liberate black people from the oppression they have had from religious traditions in American Society. Cole believes once black people understand and access this spirituality, they will have freedom from torment, rage, and lament and embrace love, creativity, faith, and life.
One of her greatest critics and discoveries is the white gaze. Cole says many people, including black Americans, have been conditioned to think through the eyes of white people, neglecting their own ways of thinking and living. Her book and believes are conditioned to make black people aware of their heritage.
Illness and Success
Rile has benefited from the belief system and lives as proof of it. When she was 26 she got an autoimmune disease that struck her with chronic pain. Although she suffers in her physical nature, she finds peace and rests in the spiritual realm.
Her page has now grown from personal beliefs to a global phenomenon, attracting thousands to her deep thoughts about life. Her Instagram page has over 175k followers. Riley also authored the book, This Here Flesh: Spirituality, Liberation and the Stories that Make Us, a book that digs deeps into her personal life and answers some of the deepest questions about life, identity, and faith.
She is now a highly sought-out speaker and currently works as a spiritual leader at Cornell University. She has also been a guest at a popular podcast sharing her spiritual principles, her book, and the success of Black Liturgy.