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Dear Friend,

We hope you will join us on Thursday, October 15, 2020 (at 12 pm eastern/10 am central/9 am pacific) for the 38th Annual Parker Lecture and Awards Ceremony. This year we are pleased that so many more people will be able to join us at our fully online event.


At this time, during a global pandemic and when our country is facing so many fundamental questions, it will be a great pleasure to hear from Valarie Kaur and celebrate the achievements of Karen Peltz Strauss.

Valarie Kaur
Karen Peltz Strauss

Among many other things, Valarie is well known for her speech on New Year's Eve 2017, when she drew on her own grandfather's history, and calmed and inspired her audience—asking "what if" if the darkness her audience was experiencing was "not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb?" We need the energy and optimism of this voice who brings people together and fights for justice no matter the challenges we face.


And Karen Peltz Strauss's lifetime of work will give you the courage to wage your own battles to make the lives of others better through communication, advocacy and technology. When Karen found the law inadequate to meet the needs of people with disabilities, she listened, worked with anyone who would listen, mobilized others—and she changed the law, not once but many times.


Make a date with us on October 15 at lunch (or breakfast, or for coffee) to take a break with us to get inspired and celebrate. Take a moment to care for yourself, hear from a visionary speaker and honor one of our great heroes.

Every ticket or donation goes to support the work of the United Church of Christ's media justice ministry. Every donation of $25 or more will receive a free copy of Valarie's new book, courtesy of Google, while supplies last.

We hope to see you!


Cheryl A. Leanza

Policy Advisor


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