Did you glimpse spring this week? Here in New York, we’ve had some of our first warm-ish days, and they’ve been the blessing my heart longed for. But it’s not just pleasant weather; I feel hope stirring. Millions of people are getting vaccinated and Democrats passed desperately needed COVID relief—it feels like an end to this year-long winter is just a little bit closer.
And that’s why I’m so excited to tell you about some incredible programs we’re planning in the coming weeks. Tonight, Thursday March 11 at 6:00 p.m. ET, please join us for a special Middle Church freedom lab on race, COVID vaccines and public health
. We’re creating a judgement-free space where you can ask doctors any questions you have, and learn how we can all fight for equitable vaccine distribution. This virtual event is totally free and open to all, so please share it with people in your life who are still debating whether to get vaccinated! Let’s do everything we can to keep one another safe.
Then, two weeks from today on Thursday March 25 at 7:00 p.m. ET, we’re coming to you live from Bloomingdale’s Studio 59 for “March to Rise,” a benefit concert to help us rebuild
! This incredible evening will be hosted by world-renowned performers Tituss Burgess and Bevy Smith, and will feature a dazzling array of stars, including Norah Jones, Ellie Kemper, Daniel Breaker, Emily King, Aunjanue Ellis, Ani DiFranco, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and so many more. It’s pay-what-you-can, but if you want to give more there are some awesome perks at the different fundraising tiers—including a private pre-show with Broadway star Angela Birchett. It is going to be SO. MUCH. FUN. I may even sing atop my piano… So definitely mark your calendars and join us for a night sure to raise your spirits—and funds to help us recover from the fire
Last but certainly not least, we’re just about finished putting the final touches on April’s virtual conference, Revolutionary Love: The Courage to Imagine
. And let me tell you: This gathering will be the most amazing yet. Click here to see a draft of the conference schedule
. It features conversations you do not want to miss with some of our nation’s most prophetic leaders
. And, to make this year’s gathering more accessible, we’ve dropped the price to just $50 if you use the code DREAMER, an incredible deal for four full days of unbelievable programming. Since we know that you may not be able to attend it all live, you’ll also receive recordings of every session so you can watch and rewatch as much as you’d like!
I’m in such awe of how each of you continue to birth love into the world: Teachers who overhauled their entire curriculums; healthcare providers who are nothing less than superheroes; grocery store workers who keep us alive despite not receiving the living wages they deserve; parents doing everything and then some to care for our children through this pandemic. You inspire me, and this is our way of saying “thanks.” We’re offering education to deepen how we fight for justice, plus fun and beauty to make your heart sing.
So please join us these next few weeks! You do so much, and deserve time to enrich your mind and soul—surrounded by a community to support you on this journey. Let’s ignite hope in the world together!
I love you so much,