Moral Resistance: When Faith & Activism Meet in the Streets


Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 6:00pm to 7:00pm


JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Kennedy School

Moral Resistance: When Faith & Activism Meet in the Streets
A John F. Kennedy, Jr. Forum event co-sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics and the Center for Public Leadership

This event is free and open to the public. Questions? Email

In this moment of generationally unprecedented activism, millions are engaged in moral resistance. Whether it be the Women’s Marches, March for Our Lives, Border demonstrations, Climate Marches or Black Lives Matter, religious activists are both sources of support and opposition. This JFK Jr. Forum explores some of the most recent policy, moral and organizational movement challenges of when faith and activism meet in the streets.

Reverend Cornell William Brooks (Moderator)
Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice, and Director,  William Monroe Trotter Collaborative  for Social Justice, Harvard Kennedy School
18th President & CEO, NAACP

Chaplain Khalil Abdur
University Muslim Chaplain, Harvard University
Instructor of Muslim Studies, Harvard Divinity School

Father J. Bryan Hehir
Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life, Harvard Kennedy School
Secretary of Health and Social Services on the staff of Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archdiocese of Boston

Brittany Packnett
Vice President of National Community Alliances, Teach for America
Contributor, Crooked Media
Fall 2018 Institute of Politics Resident Fellow
Co-founder, Campaign Zero

Rabbi Jonah Pesner
Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Senior Vice President, Union for Reform Judaism