"I want to give you a bit of the flavor of the peace demonstration in D.C., particularly since the media coverage was so predictably inaccurate. It was immense (the “tens of thousands” described by the media was closer to a good 150,000 people—at the least), joyous, hopeful, sad, and exhilarating. I’m going to describe the experience of those of us who went as spiritual progressives, a subjective account that will highlight our experience.
It started with a deeply moving and beautiful service organized by Tikkun’s Network of Spiritual Progressives national organizer Nichola Torbett.
The service was rich and moving to the hundreds who packed the church to the gills and listened to the wisdom of Rabbi Årthur Waskow of the Shalom Center, and Rev. Graylan Haggler, dean of African American ministers in D.C. and the chair of Ministers for Racial , Social and Economic Justice of the United Church of Christ. There was a brilliant teaching from Khalilah Sabra of the Muslim American Society and meditation from Bhane Shutia Dharma of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, and I did my own teaching as well. Plus, there was a Peace Choir assembled from religious bodies throughout Washington, D.C. and led by Leonard Starks, director of the Jubilee Singers."