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, 33, 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.
Cole Arthur Riley Black Liturgy
Her observation of things happening in society, especially to black people, proved to her that America lacked a form of spirituality that reflected the needs of black people. She saw many gaps in white Christian nationalism and an increase in anti-black rhetoric in Christian spaces.
Her frustrations led her to create black liturgy, which stemmed from observing her grandmother and father. Being an inborn writer, she added to Black Liturgy prayers, letters, poems, breath practices, scriptures, questions, and writing of black people that resonated with black people. The write-ups soon translated into a book called This Here Flesh: Spirituality, Liberation and the Stories that Make Us
In the book, Cole Invites readers to practice the liturgies individually or as a community, especially on days and events that are meaningful to black people. She also added that the liturgies aim at helping black people deal with rage, despair, rest, and divinity. It also liberates them from past racial violence.
The release of Black Liturgy became an immediate success after many black people resonated with the letters, scriptures, and poems. The success of the book made her a sought-after speaker and writer. She has been invited to black-based discussions with people like Yaba Blay, Prentis Hemphill, and Krista Tippet. She is also a writer at Premier Christianity Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Presbyterian Outlook.
To reach many people, she created an Instagram page called Black Liturgy where she shares quotes from black people. 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.
Cole Arthur Riley 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.
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. Her success resembles that of Danny Morel and Chef Akhi who also attempt to explain the importance of embracing spiritualism.