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"The Reluctant Radical"

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 7 Cheshvan 5779

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us for a screening of the film “The Reluctant Radical,” followed by a discussion with Ken Ward. Doors will open at 6:30 pm for time to mingle and enjoy delicious snacks, and the program will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. The event is presented in partnership with Congregations P’nai Or and Kol Shalom.

"The Reluctant Radical" is an intimate portrait of climate activist Ken Ward, as he wrestles with the life choices he should make and what direct actions he should take in response to the greatest crisis that human civilization has faced: climate change.

Ultimately, he elects to break the law as a last resort and, with great trepidation, to fulfill what he sees as his personal obligation to future generations. The film follows Ken through a series of civil disobedience direct actions, culminating with his participation in the coordinated action that shut down all the U.S. tar sands oil pipelines in October 2016. Facing 20 years in prison for his actions, the film reveals both the personal costs and the fulfillment that comes from following one’s moral calling.

The film asks us to ponder what our response to the greatest crisis that human civilization has ever faced should be. We will have the opportunity to discuss this topic with Ken following the film. I hope you will join us.

For more information, please contact Michael Heumann (, 503-880-2226.

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