Union Theological Seminary is honored to host the Judith Davidson Moyers Women of Spirit Lecture, launched through a generous seed gift from revered journalist and public intellectual, Bill Moyers. The lectures provide a public forum to discuss the most pressing global issues faced by present-day women leaders of faith. In addition to exploring enduring questions of human value and meaning, the Women of Spirit Lecture reflects on topics ranging from environmental justice, poverty, war, and education.
The eighth annual Judith Davidson Moyers Women of Spirit Lecture will be delivered by renowned labor activist Dolores Huerta on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at 6:30 pm. Ms. Huerta will also receive the Union Medal, our seminary’s highest honor. Please click here to RSVP.
Dolores Huerta is an iconic labor activist, immigration reformer, co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union, and recipient of the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom. She helped organize the 1965 Delano grape growers strike and boycott, which helped workers secure a collective bargaining agreement and pass California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Act. In addition to her labor activism, Huerta has also been a tireless voice protesting pesticide exposure in communities of color, and in addressing police violence.
Past Women of Spirit lecturers have included the Liberian Nobel Peace Prize winner, Leymah Gbowee; eco-activist and esteemed academic, Dr. Vandana Shiva of India; Nuns on the Bus founder, Sister Simone Campbell; award-winning essayist and novelist, Dr. Marilynne Robinson; incarceration-reform advocate and author of The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander; atmospheric scientist and climate change crusader, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe; and rural development economist and author, Winona LaDuke.