United Church of Christ, OC Inc. is incredibly excited to announce that Valarie Kaur will present the 38th Annual Everett C. Parker Lecture on October 15, 2020. Kaur, who holds advanced degrees theology, media and law, is one of the most inspirational speakers of our time.
Valarie Kaur is a seasoned civil rights activist and celebrated prophetic voice, described by Center for American Progress, as a "standout figure in the world of interfaith organizing and activism." Kaur's sermon at Rev. William Barber II's Watch Night Service in 2016 went viral with more than 30 million views worldwide. Kaur now leads the Revolutionary Love Project to reclaim love as a force for justice in America. Kaur puts her faith into practice: after her close family friend was the first person to be murdered after 9/11, Kaur and his family members honored the fifteenth anniversary of his death by calling the murderer after asking themsleves "who have we not yet tried to love?"
As a lawyer, filmmaker, and innovator, she has won policy change on multiple fronts – hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, solitary confinement, Internet freedom, and more. Kaur previously collaborated with UCC OC Inc. on the Faithful Internet campaign in support of Net Neutrality. Kaur also founded Groundswell Movement and the Yale Visual Law Project to inspire and equip new generations of advocates. A daughter of Sikh farmers in California's heartland, Kaur earned degrees at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Law School.
Please commit to supporting UCC OC Inc.'s work and joining us on October 15, with a special limited-time discounted price of $25. Courtesy of a book sponsorship from Google, you will immediately receive a free copy of Valarie's new book, See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love, published this week.
Note: The OC Inc. board is considering whether the 2020 Parker Lecture can be held in person in Washington, DC; a decision will be announced later this summer. No matter the decision about an in-person event, the lecture will occur online.