• “a standout figure in the world of interfaith organizing and activism”
  • a regular contributor to MSNBC
  • an award-winning filmmaker
  • “one of the most exceptional speakers and thinkers” of the millennial generation
  • founder of groundswell, a multifaith movement for justice
  • valarie kaur: storytelling + advocacy = social change

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About Valarie

Valarie KaurValarie Kaur is an award-winning filmmaker, civil rights advocate, and interfaith leader who centers her work around the power of storytelling. She is the founder of Groundswell at Auburn Seminary, a non-profit initiative with 80,000+ members that equips people of faith to mobilize for social change. For the last decade, she has led national campaigns responding to hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, and solitary confinement.

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Upcoming Appearances

  • Wed

    Millennials and a Life of Meaning: Walking the Path of Spiritually Grounded Service

    7:30–9:00 pmCollege of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN

    “Our generation has come of age in the shadow of devastation: 9/11, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a great recession, and daily news of violence in our nation and around the globe,” writes Valarie Kaur. “And yet in the palm of our hands we hold the power to organize, tell our stories, and call for a more just world. What happens when Millennials walk the path of spiritually grounded service – online and on the ground?” Join Valarie for an evening of storytelling and reflection on “the urgency of now.”

  • Tue

    Washington University in St. Louis

    5:30–8:00 pmDanforth Center on Religion and Politics

    Divided We Fall will be screened for students, followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Valarie Kaur and Sharat Raju.

  • Thu

    Illinois Wesleyan University

    7:00–8:30Hansen Student Center, 300 E. Beecher Street, Bloomington, IL

    The keynote address will focus on Valarie’s experiences with storytelling for social change, followed by a Q&A with students.

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