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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 call for us to protect time and space for reimagining and creating beloved community. We’ll learn to direct our attention to what we’re fighting for and the importance of discerning which institutions can be reformed and which must be dismantled.
Home Practice
1. Identify the institution that needs you.

2. In your wisdom journal, reflect on these questions:
What is your role in the labor of reimagining?
What does the wisdom inside you say it needs from you to make that happen?

Start to seed a pocket of revolutionary love where you are. What is your first step?


Interview and live Q&A

with Lisa Sharon Harper, Brian McLaren, Deepa Iyer, and Sherrilyn Ifill: “Reimagine”

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To reimagine is to explore a vision of a relationship, community, and world where we all flourish. It calls us to do more than resist or punish opponents; we must change the conditions that drive harm. How would you reimagine the world you want to live in, and what does collective reimagining of our world require of us? Join Lisa Sharon Harper, Brian McLaren, Deepa Iyer, and Sherrilyn Ifill to learn why imagination has been an essential component of their individual journeys with social transformation.

Moderated by: Melissa Ann Canlas, EdD

Session Highlights:
  • Imagining the world we are fighting for, not those we are fighting against
  • Protecting our collective imagination through pockets of revolutionary love
  • Rituals and art as a means of nurturing our imagination
  • Learning from examples of groups (particularly those led by people of color) who have been reimagining systems for generations
Compass of Revolutionary Love
Lisa Sharon Harper

Lisa Sharon Harper

Lisa Sharon Harper is the founder and president of Freedom Road, a groundbreaking consulting group that crafts experiences that bring common understanding and common commitments that lead to common action toward a more just world. Lisa is a public theologian whose writing, speaking, activism, and training have sparked and fed the fires of reformation in the church, from Ferguson and Charlottesville to South Africa, Brazil, Australia, and Ireland. Lisa’s book, ​The Very Good Gospel​, was named 2016 “Book of the Year,” and the Huffington Post identified Lisa as one of “50 Powerful Women Religious Leaders to Celebrate on International Women’s Day.”

Brian McLaren

Brian McLaren

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, public theologian, and passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity”—just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. Brian is a faculty member of The Living School and a podcaster with Learning How to See, both projects of the Center for Action and Contemplation. An Auburn Senior Fellow, he works closely with the Wild Goose Festival, Fair Food Program, Vote Common Good, and Progressive Christianity. Brian is the coauthor of Cory and the Seventh Story, an illustrated children’s book (for all ages), and the author of The Galápagos Islands: A Spiritual Journey and Faith After Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do about It. His next release, Do I Stay Christian?, will be available in spring 2022.

Deepa Iyer

Deepa Iyer

Deepa Iyer is a South Asian American writer, lawyer, strategist, facilitator, and coach. She is director of movement building at the Building Movement Project, where she curates Solidarity Is, a project providing education, training, and narratives on building multiracial solidarity. Deepa created the social change ecosystem map framework, which enables people to identify roles they play in advancing justice and equity. She currently serves on the advisory council of the Emergent Fund. Her first book, We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future, received a 2016 American Book Award.

Sherrilyn Ifill

Sherrilyn Ifill

Sherrilyn Ifill is president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

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.

  • Sally says:

    It is a rhythm… it is a rhythm….
    Thank you for this dance!

  • BJ says:

    When Valarie asked Sherrilyn Ifill how she knows if an institution needs to be dismantled, Sherrilyn said that she looks back to the origin story.

    Many feminist scholars have done that in order to know how much of what we think we know to be true is in fact just the Western Patriarchy. As we all know this system isn’t men, it’s a system of domination that favors a few white men and it got it’s start from 5000 to 8000 years ago. It conquered and overwrote a partnership culture that had no archaeological trace of weapons or warring until the appearance of this dominating culture.

    The origin story of white supremacy IS the western Patriarchy as documented by so many – but my favorites are Marija Gimbutas’ The Language of the Goddess (and so many other books) and Anne Barring/Jules Cashford’s The Myth of the Goddess.

    It is hard to look deeply into the western Patriarchy because it upends so many of our institutions and so much of who we think we are. But it’s time.

  • Jim-el says:

    This is disgusting racist rhetoric. Yes, we’re in a moment in history for the deprived and oppressed to arise in full voice, but is this healing? I look for the healing to begin when this rant has ended.

    • Jim-el says:

      Ooh — listening further, I discover that Deepa Iyer is not taking part in the rant, but is actively leading the healing!

  • Donna says:

    I haven’t received an installment since Day 6. Help, please!

  • Beth says:

    Having trouble accessing previous sessions- I thought they were available for the 10 days. Just tried to listen to day 6. Got a message that said the video was not available. Please advise.

  • Doug Merritt says:

    proleptic eschatology ;rhetoric of location

  • BDBinc says:

    One of the last points is it so important for us to practice mindfulness/presence in our personal spheres .
    The family is an institution/collective too. And if we can make our personal world as we want the larger world to be then we are effectively Being the changes in the world we want to see.

  • Christine Lewis Anderson says:

    Thank you for your service

  • jeanne mendez says:

    This entire program has (so far) been very remarkable, important, challenging, and inspiring. Tonight’s interview session (Day 6) was OFF THE CHARTS amazing. Thank you all so very much.

    • Kay says:

      I so agree! I usually don’t buy programs but this one is a must. It is a course that should be a requirement for humanity! I thought the one on Rage was phenomenal!

      • susan says:

        I too thought the one on Rage was exceptional. In fact, I’ve now shared it with a person very special to me that as an Enneagram Two woman in the faith community has allowed layer and layers of ‘being higher than’ or ‘kind’ or ‘nice’ to push down her rage. such good work!


    I feel at home when I am in community with others of like mindedness. When I am being an activist seeking change, working on a cause, being in revolution again or for something I believe in. I also feel at home when I am in worship alone or in a congregation of believers. Such joy, such peace, such hope I feel in those moments. I have been in the church and am a Christian for 47 years. The churches have always been segregated because whites, those so called christians, did not and would worshp with African Americans. They thought they were better than us and certainly the races are not to mingle, let alone marry, so whites went their way and of course we went ours. That has always troubled me, how do you call yourself a christian and hate a race of people, or believe you are superior to them? How do you justify racism within the church? Well they did, they do and they contiue to do so. I heard that one of their arguments in Cain must have been black becsue only a black man would kill and Abel was the white son, the good one. A was not shocked when I heard that the evangelicals were supporting Trump for president and that in large blocks they vote republican, it only reenforced what I already knew, evangelicals, are racist. That is the institution I want to have an impact on, the evangelicals. I would love for them to explain to me what they turely believe, becasue you know those things are only said insecret among themselfs. I wonder how sad they must feel, with the Biden,/Harris election. Roe vs Wade just celebrated 48 years, and I say Thank You Jesus to that. Now they are coming at the LGBTQ community, I understand 14 states trying to pass laws to restrict their access to healthcare and other civil rights and liberties. I am sure the evangelicals are behind this.

  • Linda says:

    Will it b possible to access the speakers at a later date?

  • midge, a grateful listener says:

    Soul filling and powerfully transformative. Thank all for your loving work and the friend who recommended this to me.

  • Cheryl Lehman says:

    I express deep gratitude for these teachings! I’m inspired, encouraged and experience a much needed re-set in my commitment to nonviolence and revolutionary love. I soooo appreciate the interfaith aspect! Thank you! Thank you!

  • Cat says:

    Valerie is a gem, and I am so grateful to be part of this. I feel like I’m part of something! My nervous system is starting to remember that there are so many loving folks who, like me, are ready for the life-long revolution that is the only way to really honor this gift of life we have right now. I cannot thank ALL of you, of us, enough.

  • Deidre A. Kellogg Ketroser says:

    Thank you for this transformative and inspirational work. I so need this in my life right now. #Gratitude

  • Gretchen Cannady says:

    Dear Valarie and Team, I want to thank you so so much for putting this webinar together for all of us, for bringing your vision alive by gathering so many beautiful people together to have this inspirational conversation and practical guidance and support. I feel so much gratitude. My intention is to find more ways to be involved to help this journey along, to create a world of peace and justice for all. ❤️

  • Louise H Young says:

    I am returning again and again to the invitation to welcome the other who is the part of me that I do not yet know. and the stranger that identifies herself is the aspect, the characteristic of so many of you, you the presenters that are parts of me that I am called to know

  • Veronica Rivera Savage says:


  • Terry says:

    Warmth and hope of a new world of compassion for all.

  • Cat says:

    Held and inspired,

  • Deidre says:

    yearning for beloved community

  • Neal Stephens says:

    I feel like I just had a drink of fresh mountain water, thank you Valerie and the speakers

  • Lynn says:

    Reassuring and affirming discussion. It has helped me breathe more easily. Thank you!

  • Joie soske says:

    Here in Galveston, Texas, we have an inter-faith gathering at which we often share a meal. When there is no pandemic, we gather at the Synagogue, the Islamic Community Center, or the First Black Episcopal Church in Texas. As we eat, we talk and share about our faith communities.

  • Neal Stephens says:

    love love this

  • Laurie Albright says:

    I cannot access the Q and A???
    Thank you for the deep, beautiful, and hopeful path forward.

  • Karen Chalmer says:

    the link to the interviews and Q&A isn’t working for me.
    What can I do to join it?

  • Annie Warmke says:

    I love the energy of this project. As a feminist activist – an accidental activist really – I feel energized by this series. Thank you.

  • donna Scheppe says:

    question? how do I get involved with supporting POC in an institution without appearing as if I am a “white knight” trying to “fix” something

  • rick says:

    Casual Layered Analysis offers a structure for imagining…..


  • Christine Cosentino says:

    Thank you for sharing this rich program. I’m interested in comments and ideas for defunding (reimagining) the US police system. Perhaps losing my sister to homicide in October of 2019 has prevented me from really hearing any sustainable substitute program ideas, inclusive of public safety. The reactionary city council comments post-Geroge Floyd murder seemed to add to the destabilization, chaos and fear, here in Minneapolis. I understand change is necessary and inevitable. I’m listening, practicing, and improving in the process. Thank you again for this transformational opportunity. In peace and health, Christine

  • Cindy says:

    I do not feel called to an institution yet. What can I do in the meantime?

  • Renee Stok says:

    Thank you for your great wisdom en very good lessons.
    Great work.!
    Great teachers!
    Great practical lessons!
    Tip/Bonus for free:
    How to find out your (ascention) rol in your life?

    Great international teacher Bernadette Brady: Stories from the Stars

    Thank you from my heart
    Living in the Netherlands (Europe)
    Renée Catharina Stok-Land (1960)

  • Nicole says:

    The thing that was the most strong for me was the theme of inclusion and exclusion. How few places I feel are truly inclusive. I imagined a temple of all religions that has one door for each religion. A place where all people can worship in community together where all are held and truly valued.

    • Betty Jo says:

      Your vision is almost an accurate description of LOTUS-light of truth universal shrine at Satchitananda Ashram, Buckingham, Virginia. Being there is a beautiful and powerful experience.

  • Laura Weiss says:

    For some reason I am unable to access Day 6 Interview & Live Q & A through my email. Others have same issue?

  • Jen says:

    You are a wonderful teacher and I am learning from your insights. May I be open and aware and ready when I am called to act.

  • Cy says:

    Sat Nam,

    This curriculum is exquisite & so à propos.


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