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Thursday, June 22 • 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Core Conversation: Resistance + 'The Art of Resistance: The Cry, The Call, The Push'

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This session will feature several artists who will call out the realities of our world and help us dream. Following this artistic expression of resistance, scholars and movement leaders will discuss resistance strategies from inside and outside of today’s power structures.

The Art of Resistance: The Cry, The Call, The Push

Directed by Lisa Sharon Harper
Artists: Waltrina Middleton, Nikole Lim, Rev. Osagyefo Sekou

Witness this 30-minute live-art collage crafted by artists of the movement. Through spoken-word, music, and visual art, these featured artists reveal the grit, determination, connection, direction, and spirit of the resistance in our times.

Core Conversation: Resistance
The normalization of injustice and disenfranchisement calls the faithful to resist. What can we learn from similar historic movements? What does resistance require today? In preparation for the siege, the arts provide one of the most powerful tools we have. Artists help society to dream and visualize a more just world.   

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Lisa Sharon Harper

Lisa Sharon Harper

Chief Church Engagement Officer, Sojourners
From Ferguson to New York to Germany, Lisa has been leading trainings and helping mobilize clergy and community leaders around shared values for the common good, with a focus on racial justice. Prior to joining Sojourners, Lisa was the founding executive director of New York Faith... Read More →

Featured Participants
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Nkosivumile Gola

The Warehouse
Nkosivumile Gola is an activist, guerrilla gardener and dreamer of a South Africa that looks different for all its citizens. He works at The Warehouse, challenging the status quo, leading contextual bible studies, walking alongside church leaders, prophetically imagining a city w... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Dr. Wes. Granberg-Michaelson

Rev. Dr. Wes. Granberg-Michaelson

Reformed Church in America
Wesley Granberg-Michaelson served as General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America for 17 years, from 1994-2011.  Earlier in his career he served as the Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield, and then as the Associate Editor of Sojourners Magazine when it was... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Alexia Salvatierra

Rev. Alexia Salvatierra

Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork
Rev. Salvatierra is the co-author of “Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World”.  She is Affiliate Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, adjunct at four additional institutions.  In addition to pastoring locally, she trains/consults interna... Read More →

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Nikole Lim

Freely in Hope
Nikole Lim is a speaker, educator, and consultant on leveraging dignity through the restorative art of storytelling. Nikole shifts paradigms on how stories are told by platforming voices of the oppressed—sharing stories of beauty arising out of seemingly broken situations. Her heart beats for young women whose voices are silenced by oppression and desires to see every person realize the transformative power of their own story. As our Cofounder and International Director, Nikole has been deeply transformed by the powerful, tenacious, and awe-inspiring examples of survivors. Their audacious dreams have informed her philosophy for a survivor-led approach to community transformation. | Nikole graduated with a degree in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and is currently pursuing a masters in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is a native of the Bay Area and can often be found buying African fabric on the streets of Nairobi. Her vision is to equip survivors and advocates to lead in ending the cycle of sexual... Read More →
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Rev. Waltrina N. Middleton

Rev. Waltrina N. Middleton serves as Associate Dean of the historic Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel at Howard University. Middleton is actively engaged in social justice issues domestically and throughout the diaspora. She is founder and organizer of Cleveland Action, a bridge organization and resource in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. She is a preacher, poet, social critic, and community organizer committed to actualizing the vision of a Beloved Community. Recently Middleton was recognized by Rejuvenate Magazine as one of its... Read More →
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Rev. Osagyefo Sekou

Rev. Sekou sonically guides listeners through the politic behind every drum beat, the integrity that forges human connection and possibility, the art that makes you want to question everything and protest every injustice. This band is a re-imagination of how liberation ca... Read More →

Elders and Movement Honorees
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Linda Sarsour

MPower Change, Women’s March on Washington
Linda Sarsour is an award-winning Palestinian Muslim American racial justice and civil rights activist born and raised in Brooklyn. She is the co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform, MPowerChange.org and recent co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington, large... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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