March 2, 2023
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church
Dessert reception to follow
Portrait credit: Jiro Schneider
Honoring Valarie Kaur
Civil rights leader, lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, educator, innovator, best-selling author, renowned speaker, Sikh American, mother, woman warrior
Join Interfaith Philadelphia as we step into Revolutionary Love, honoring Valarie Kaur for her commitment to reclaim love as a force for justice.
After September 11, 2001, interfaith leaders in the Philadelphia region came together to dare to understand one another, rejecting the reaction of fear that emerged in the United States and ultimately founding Interfaith Philadelphia. Meanwhile, across the country in California, Valarie Kaur chose the same path: as a young adult, galvanized by the news of her fellow Sikhs’ murders across the country, Valarie turned to activism and the power of film, healing herself from within then turning to those around her.
What is the intersection of religious understanding and social justice? How does our faith inspire us to action? How do we care for ourselves while standing up to wrongdoing? Kaur tackles these questions and more in her work. As we dare to understand one another, Valarie urges us to go one step further and see no stranger. With her Sikh heritage as an inspiration in her justice work, Kaur encourages us to love others, love opponents, and love ourselves through her book See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love.
We are honored to present the 2023 Dare to Understand Award to Valarie Kaur as she guides us to exemplify Revolutionary Love, declaring this the call of our time. Join us on March 2nd the Awards presentation, and for events exploring her book See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love in the months leading up to and following the Awards.