“The Revival: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values” is a national tour to redefine morality in American politics and challenge leaders of faith and moral courage to be more vocally opposed to harmful policies that disproportionately impact the poor, people who are ill, children, immigrants, communities of color, and religious minorities. The first part of the national revival tour has over 19 stops from April 2016 to January 2017 including New York, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Missouri, Washington DC, Tennessee, Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, Kentucky, and Virginia.
The Revival is co-led by the Rev. Dr. James A Forbes Jr. and the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, architect of the historic Moral Monday Movement in North Carolina. They will be joined in some states by other national social justice leaders, including the Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon, acting executive minister of the United Church of Christ's Justice and Witness Ministries, and Sister Simone Campbell, leader of the “Nuns on the Bus” and executive director of the Catholic social justice lobby NETWORK in Washington, DC. Sponsoring and supporting organizations include:
- Repairers of the Breach
- Drum Major Institute
- Healing of the Nations Ministries
- Auburn Seminary
- Kairos Center
- Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
- The Middle Project
In each state, we will lead revival services and hear testimony from people who have been impacted and hurt by regressive policies. Prior to the revivals, the leadership team will train hundreds of faith and moral leaders in each state to strengthen local and state activism from the bottom up. Lastly, local faith leaders, citizens, and persons impacted and hurt by regressive policies are invited to participate in direct actions in their state capitals during three Mondays in September, and sign on to the “Higher Ground Moral Declaration” calling on our political system to rise above hatred, fear, and left and right politics, in order to reach our highest values of love and justice.
If ever we needed to vote, we sure do need to now.
Racism is not what's in your heart, it's what's in the heart of your policies.