Magazine article Tikkun

New Leadership in the NSP

Magazine article Tikkun

New Leadership in the NSP

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I'm proud to announce that the Network of Spiritual Progressives has a new co-chair, Rev. J. Alfred Smith Sr., and a new executive director, Cat J. Zavis.

J. Alfred Smith Sr. was the force behind making Allen Temple Baptist Church (located in a high-poverty African American neighborhood in Oakland, California) one of the most successful and impactful churches on the West Coast. I highly recommend his new book, Sound the Trumpet: How Churches Can Answer God's Call to Justice, in which he and a new minister, Rev. Bendt, discuss how to raise consciousness at a time when so many people want to avoid thinking about our societal crises.

Cat J. Zavis - a lawyer with a long history of social justice work who has most recently worked as a collaborative divorce attorney and mediator who trains other lawyers in mediation and empathic communication - was the founder of the Bellingham, Washington, chapter of the Network of Spiritual Progressives. She is now moving to Berkeley, where she takes on the formidable task of being executive director of our international Network of Spiritual Progressives. …

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