Valarie Kaur, Founder of The Revolutionary Love Project, Civil Rights Activist, and Documentary Filmmaker
Valarie Kaur is a renowned activist, award-winning filmmaker, civil rights lawyer, faith leader, and founder of the Revolutionary Love Project. After Sept. 11, 2001, she began to document hate crimes against Sikh and Muslim Americans, which resulted in the award-winning film Divided We Fall. Since then, she has made films and led story-based campaigns on hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, solitary confinement, marriage equality, and Internet freedom. Today she leads the Revolutionary Love Project to champion love as a force for justice and wellspring for social action. In addition, Valarie is the founder of Groundswell Movement, considered “America’s largest multi-faith online organizing network,” the Yale Visual Law Project, where she trained law students how to make films for social change, and co-founder of Faithful Internet to build the movement for net neutrality. Recognized as a leading Sikh American voice, she has been a senior fellow at Auburn Theological Seminary since 2013. Valarie earned undergraduate degrees in religious studies and international relations at Stanford University, a master’s in theological studies at Harvard Divinity School, where she was a Harvard University presidential scholar, and a J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was a Knight law and media scholar. She is a member of the California Bar.
Parker J. Palmer, Author and Founder and Senior Partner Emeritus of the Center for Courage & Renewal
Parker J. Palmer is a world-renowned writer, speaker, and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality, and social change. He has reached millions worldwide through his nine books, including Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, A Hidden Wholeness, and Healing the Heart of Democracy. He has worked with Newcomer on The Growing Edge, and collaborated with her on three songs that are included in his latest book, On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old. Parker has also presented before with Valarie on a previous occasion. Palmer has received numerous accolades for his work including the William Rainey Harper Award and being named an Utne Reader Visionary, one of “25 people who are changing your world” in 2011. Parker holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as 11 honorary doctorates, two Distinguished Achievement Awards from the National Educational Press Association, and an Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press.A member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker), Dr. Palmer and his wife, Sharon Palmer, live in Madison, Wisconsin.
Carrie Newcomer, Performer, Recording Artist, and Educator
Carrie Newcomer is a performer, recording artist, and educator, described as a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe and one who “asks all the right questions” by Rolling Stone. Carrie is the 2019 recipient of the Shalem Institute Contemplative Voices Award and has appeared on PBS’s Religion and Ethics and Krista Tippett’s On Being. In the fall of 2009 and 2011, Newcomer was a cultural ambassador to India resulting in her interfaith collaborative benefit album Everything is Everywhere. In 2012 and 2013 Carrie traveled to Kenya and the Middle East performing in schools, spiritual communities, and AIDS hospitals. Carrie has 17 nationally released albums on Available Light and Rounder Records, two books of poetry and essays, and a theatrical production, Betty’s Diner: The Musical. Goshen College awarded her an honorary degree in Music for Social Change in 2016. She regularly works with Parker J. Palmer in live programs and on The Growing Edge, a website, podcast, and retreat. Spirituality and Health Magazine named The Growing Edge collaboration as one of the top ten spiritual leaders and programs for the next 20 years. Carrie lives in the woods of southern Indiana with her husband and two shaggy dogs.
NOTE: All times are Eastern U.S.
|Mon., May 24, 2021 - Poetics of Community Healing|
|12:30-1:00 p.m.||Opening Worship with Liddy Barlow|
Workshop with Valarie Kaur: “The Labor of Revolutionary Love"
"The future is dark. Is this darkness of the tomb—or the darkness of the womb?" Valarie Kaur reframes the present moment in history as one of transition and calls on us to show up in the labor of birthing a new future. Her message has inspired millions of people around the globe. In this workshop, she will equip us with tools for how to practice Revolutionary Love in our lives and in our movements for social justice. When in your life have you experienced the beloved community, the world as it ought to be? What has it felt like in your body? Come for inspiration, transformation, and solidarity.
|3:00-4:30 p.m.||Session 1 Workshops: “Using The Arts to Do Inner and Outer Work for Community and Healing" (More details to follow.)|
|5:00-6:30 p.m.||Dinner Interest Groups (Optional)|
"See No Stranger: Revolutionary Love as the Call of Our Times"
Henderson Lecture on Church and Ministry with Valarie Kaur
FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC with registration.
|Tues., May 25, 2021 - Logics of Community Healing|
|12:30-1:00 p.m.||Opening Worship|
|1:00-2:30 p.m.||Keynote Presentation with Parker J. Palmer "Cultivating the Courage to Stand and Act in the “Tragic Gap”|
|3:00-4:30 p.m.||Workshop Session: “Using History and Skills To Do Inner and Outer Work for Community and Healing” (More details to follow.)|
|5:00-6:30 p.m.||Dinner Interest Groups (Optional)|
|7:00-8:30 p.m.||Shared Keynote Presentation with Carrie Newcomer and Parker J. Palmer "Healing the Heart of Democracy: A Gathering of Spirits for the Common Good"|
|8:30-8:45p.m||Closing Prayer and Farewells|
Registration and Fees
The above link is for the Henderson Lecture with Valarie Kaur ONLY. If you wish to attend the full conference, please use the link below. We ask that you consider lecture only option if you cannot attend the entire conference since registration for that event is limited. Thank you!
We are offering the conference using a grace economics model so that all who wish to participate have a greater opportunity to do so.
$100 This fee will include receipt of Valarie Kaur's book, Revolutionary Love, with an author-signed bookplate.
$50 Use promo code: 50HSLC
$25 Use promo code: 25HSLC
No Cost Use promo code: 0HSLC
The conference will be available to a limited number of registrants, so please enroll soon!
DIRECTIONS / CEUs / QUESTIONS
Details about accessing the conference online platform will be sent to registrants the week of May 17th. A reminder with the Zoom link will be sent on the morning of May 24th and May 25th as well.
CEUs are available for clergy upon request. Conference registration is required. To receive a certificate, E-mail ConEd@pts.edu.
E-mail ConEd@pts.edu or call 412-924-1345.
Each workshop will have its own Zoom link so you can join the one that most interests you on each day. We will e-mail links to all registrants for the workshops as the conference date approaches.
Details about the individual workshops will be provided in the near future. Thank you for your patience.