THE 2017 FESTIVAL LINEUP
April 27-30, 2017 | Albuquerque, New Mexico
Alice Walker is an internationally celebrated writer, poet, and activist whose books include The Color Purple and six other novels, four collections of short stories, four children’s books, and volumes of essays and poetry. Her work has been translated into more than two dozen languages and sold more than fifteen million copies. She has received the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the National Book Award. Walker has been an activist all of her adult life, and believes that learning to extend the range of our compassion is activity and work available to all. She is a staunch defender not only of human rights, but of the rights of all living beings. For more on Alice Walker, click here.
Brian McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity”—just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. He is an Auburn Senior Fellow, a contributor to We Stand With Love, and a leader in the Convergence Network, through which he is developing an innovative training/mentoring program for pastors and church planters. For more on Brian McLaren, click here.
Malidoma Somé, Ph.D.
Malidoma Somé is a West African elder and world-renowned author and teacher. He travels throughout the U.S. and Europe teaching workshops about West African spirituality, and is the author of Ritual: Power, Healing, and Community, among other books. His name, Malidoma, means "to make friends with strangers." For more on Malidoma Somé, click here.
Mona Haydar is a poet, prose writer, and the activist behind "Talk to a Muslim," an open community conversation she first held in Cambridge, MA, which garnered the attention of NPR, Al Jazeera, The Boston Globe, and more. She leads workshops and retreats on mindfulness, Islamic spirituality, and creative writing, and is a current M.Div. candidate. For more on Mona Haydar, click here.
Gareth Higgins is a northern Irish peace activist, author, and beloved film critic. He is the founder of the Movies & Meaning Festival and The Porch Magazine. His most recent book, Cinematic States, explores the myth and dream of the United States through movies. He travels and speaks about film, peace activism, and Celtic spirituality. For more on Gareth Higgins, click here.