Episode 9

How do you invite courage and disinvite fear? Widen your table.

Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy

On this episode we sit down with Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy, a truly inspiring higher education and immigration leader and President of Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, a progressive, multi denominational seminary and center for social justice. He is a committed pastor, a sought after speaker, and leads at the intersection of faith, higher education, and social change. He regularly contributes a faith perspective to the national conversation on immigration and has consulted on a number of documentaries on immigration, labor, and human rights and is the author of various publications that explore migration stories in sacred texts and in people’s lives. He talks with us about how migration is bigger than just people moving from one place to another, and that those immigrating know something about leaving everything behind to venture into a new place, and inspires us to think about how we can translate that into business by being willing to take risks and trying new things!

He also shares reflections on how leaders need to able to foresee alternative solutions and also be willing to “widen the table” to allow more people to be present and fed. It takes courage to be able to step out and be confident in one’s abilities to lead others and tackle difficult issues. That includes resisting fear, so that we are able to serve and empower our communities.

 If you’d like to get in touch with Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy, email: president@psr.edu

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