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A Remarkable Conversation with Rabbi Sharon Brous – May 28th at 7 PM

May 25, 2024

I hope you’re ready to be inspired.

Because on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 pm, we’ll be hosting a conversation with author and Rabbi Sharon Brous, a remarkable figure who is driving the national religious conversation.

I first learned about Rabbi Brous from Pastor Sarah, when we were discussing the crisis in Israel and Gaza. My question for Sarah: as believers, how should we best respond to this complicated conflict?

Sarah shared that one of the best responses she had heard was from Sharon Brous, a rabbi at the progressive IKAR synagogue in Los Angeles. She pointed me to Rabbi Sharon’s interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

(You can listen to the podcast here, or read the transcript here.)

Rabbi Sharon brings a much-needed religious and spiritual perspective to these seemingly intractable problems. For example, her reading of Genesis 1, where humans are created “in God’s own image.” As she explains it:

“…every single person has infinite worth, that all people are fundamentally equal, and that every single human life has something unique to contribute in this world. That is the core premise, the starting point for my faith and for my religious life. And I didn’t derive that from some 1990s feminist rereading of the tradition. That comes from the Book of Genesis, chapter 1.”

Reflecting on her words, I came to see that human lives of both sides – Israeli and Palestinian – are equally precious. And in fact, this scripture that we share with our Jewish brothers and sisters commands us to “love the stranger, protect the stranger.”

I was so taken by Rabbi Sharon’s interview that I checked out
her other interviews on CNN and CNBC, then dug into her weekly sermons. My family and I even visited her IKAR synagogue in Los Angeles a few weeks ago, an incredible experience.

Rabbi Sharon Brous recently published The Amen Effect: Ancient Wisdom to Mend Our Broken Hearts and World, the bestseller based on one of her most popular sermons. (To give you a sense of her influence, there is a book group within Village Church reading it now!). We have copies available for sale in Village Common, $25. each. Please take one and then place cash or a check in the blue lockbox in the mailroom.

We hope you’ll join us in welcoming Rabbi Sharon on Tuesday 5/28 at 7:00 pm. We will have an in-person livestream in our chapel, with Rabbi Sharon joining us from Los Angeles, and in-person discussion to follow in our chapel. Please join us for this very important Courageous Conversation.

-John Hargrave

A Conversation with Author, Rabbi Sharon Brous
Time: May 28, 2024 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join us in the Chapel or via Zoom at:
Meeting ID: 858 8942 9672
Passcode: 049228