Light in the Darkness

Light in the Darkness: The Spiritual Struggle for Compassion and Justice in America Today

Rev. Lawson eloquently addressed the spiritual and historical roots of the Nonviolent Movement several weeks before this program. He spoke then as a gifted strategist about what our challenges are for today. Since we were unable to record that material, we set about to recreate it.

In this program, instead of repeating his earlier comments, Rev. Lawson took them deeper. He gave us a glimpse of the profound spiritual power of the African American people held in slavery, who knew themselves to be free because their souls lived in a dignity and Truth beyond the reach of shackles. They were and are, first and always, God’s people and God’s alone and over and over again they have chosen the power of embracing that Truth.

Starting there, our leaders explored the spiritual and political challenges we are facing today and ways that we might respond. This program marks the beginning of an important conversation that needs to grow and take form as we engage in the critical struggle for the spiritual values of compassion and justice in America today.

Our Panel

The Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr.

The Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr.

The Rev. James Lawson is internationally recognized as the leading strategist and trainer in the principles of nonviolence to 1960s leaders, as well as being a confidant of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Time Magazine listed Rev. Lawson as one of seven icons of...

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Rabbi Sharon Brous

Rabbi Sharon Brous

Rabbi Sharon Brous is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR, which was started in 2004 and has become a model for Jewish revitalization in the US and beyond. With the goal of reinvigorating Jewish practice and inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic...

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Stephen Rohde

Stephen Rohde

Stephen Rohde is a constitutional lawyer, lecturer, writer and political activist. In addition to his role as a founder and current Chair of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, he is the immediate past Chair of the ACLU Foundation of Southern...

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Hedab Tarifi

Hedab Tarifi

Born in Gaza, Palestine, Hedab Tarifi moved to the U.S. after the first Gulf War. She has been active in the Southern California Muslim community since 1994, working to build bridges and bring people together. Hedab was elected as the first female Chair of the Muslim...

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Tahil Sharma

Tahil Sharma

Tahil Sharma is an interfaith activist based in Los Angeles who was born to a Hindu father and a Sikh mother. Following the Oak Creek, WI shooting of a Sikh temple in 2012, Tahil became involved in efforts for interfaith literacy and social justice and has been doing...

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