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The People's Inauguration

10 Days to Activate Revolutionary Love


January 22–31, 2021

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Teaching and practice with Valarie Kaur

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Today’s teaching and guided inquiry focus on cultivating a healthy relationship with rage and harnessing that energy for creative action in the world. We’ll explore the information our rage carries and define and develop “safe containers” for its expression.
Home Practice
1. Develop your safe container for rage.

2. In your wisdom journal, reflect on these questions:
What information does my rage carry? What is it telling me? How do I want to release and/or harness this energy? What does divine rage look like for me? How do I want to harness that energy into how I show up to fight in the world?

Remember, you are in the process of transformation. You may not feel complete. Grieving and raging is powerful, hard work, so go slow and be gentle.


Interview and live Q&A

with Rabbi Sharon Brous, Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Amy Olrick, and Maggie Wheeler: “Rage”

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To rage is to honor and tend to our own pain so that trauma does not hijack our ability to see another’s humanity. But how do we process our rage in a way that is healthy and safe for ourselves and others? Join Rabbi Sharon Brous, Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Amy Olrick, and Maggie Wheeler as they reveal how they harness their rage to grow as people and activists, working toward an anti-racist society.

Moderated by: Melissa Ann Canlas, EdD

Session Highlights:
  • Why rage is a necessary practice in loving opponents
  • The aim of divine rage: not vengeance, but to reorder the world
  • Resisting the urge to disconnect when witnessing the rage of communities of color and others who experience injustice
  • Asking ourselves, “What information does my rage carry?”
Compass of Revolutionary Love
Rabbi Sharon Brous

Rabbi Sharon Brous

Rabbi Sharon Brous is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR and an advocate for people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice. One of the fastest-growing and most influential Jewish congregations in the country, IKAR is credited with sparking a rethinking of religious life in a time of unprecedented disaffection and declining affiliation. Brous’s TED Talk, “Reclaiming Religion,” has been viewed by more than one million people and translated into 14 languages. In 2013, she blessed President Obama and Vice President Biden at the Inaugural National Prayer Service, and in 2017, she spoke at the Women’s March in Washington. Brous was named “the most influential rabbi in America” by Newsweek/The Daily Beast.

Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Rev. Dr. Jacqueline J. Lewis is senior minister at Middle Collegiate Church, a 1,300-member multiethnic, welcoming, and inclusive congregation in New York City. She is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and earned her PhD in religion and society/psychology at Drew University. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Dr. Lewis hosted Just Faith, an on-demand program on MSNBC.com, and is a frequent media commentator. Her books include The Power of Stories: A Guide for Leading Multi-racial and Multi-cultural Congregations; Ten Essential Strategies for Becoming a Multiracial Congregation; and the children’s book You Are So Wonderful. She is currently at work on a book about how to heal souls and our world.

Amy Olrick

Amy Olrick

Amy Olrick is an author and techie whose work and writing have been featured in USA Today and the Guardian. She is coauthor of the book The 6 Needs of Every Child: Empowering Parents & Kids through the Science of Connection with Dr. Jeffrey Olrick.

Maggie Wheeler

Maggie Wheeler

Maggie Wheeler is best known for her work as an actress in film, television and as the character of Janice on NBC’s hit series Friends. Maggie is a passionate singer, songwriter, choir director, and workshop facilitator. She has been teaching her vocal workshop "Singing in the Stream" for over 30 years to provide the experience of creating interpersonal and internal harmony through the powerful act of creating vocal harmony.

Melissa Ann Canlas, EdD

Melissa Ann Canlas, EdD (Moderator)

Melissa Ann Canlas, EdD, is the director of education at the Revolutionary Love Project and a full-time faculty member in the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. Dr. Canlas’s research and teaching focus on issues of educational equity and human rights. As a lifelong educator, Dr. Canlas believes that education should be directed toward learning to love and care for one another as we build systems where every person can live in wellness and dignity.

  • Jim says:

    Interesting presentation. It changed my perception of rage as a total negative expression and it has given me a new element in my journey of progress as to a possibly better way to express my rage.

  • Alisha says:

    Such a powerful teaching & practice that has allowed for many insights into the suffering I see in my life and others. Thank you for sharing your personal story so it can help me more deeply understand my own.

  • Jagdish says:

    This session stirred up strong memories from the past. I was on 10 days retreat. At the sunrise we were doing 45 minutes of chaotic meditation. We could keep our eyes open or closed. We let whatever suppressed emotions arose in our mind and body and let them out. It was a very cathartic experience.

  • Karen says:

    Tiger Story

    What if the lieutenant in Valarie’s story was in her own or her husband’s family? What if he is a well regarded leader in Valarie’s faith community?
    What if her mother chose to place her loyalty to the men in her family over Valarie? What if she was told, if you try to hold the lieutenant accountable he will lose his job and the family will lose their income?
    The above are examples of the stranglehold that many of my fellow white women are in and why they remain so loyal to social arrangements that do not benefit them or their daughters.

  • Lynda says:

    I am so frustrated because I cannot figure out how to access the 10day revolutionary love program on my IPad. I thought I had registered. Finally tonight,wanting to hear the Day 4 speakers, I was finally able to get Valarie Kaur’s introduction to Rage. . I’m not sure how I got to it, but at some point it went off and I could not get it back. Is there a way for me to get some tech support?

    • Alisha says:

      Email the Sounds True support team at support@soundstrue.com

      • Sandy says:

        Are the evening talks being recorded for listening at other times? I want to hear a diversity of voices, but 8pm doesnt work. So i can find Valerie’s talks, but am more interested in the others. Please tell me where those links are.

        • rcn says:

          That time doesn’t usually work for me, either. However, if you registered, the email message sent prior to each talk has a link to the Livestream, which I discovered is also accessible after the talk has ended. I’ve been able to view all 3 talks so far this way. Hope this helps!



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