#80 Awakening Hope

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Rev Deborah L Johnson (Rev D) is a dynamic organizer, strategist, facilitator, public speaker, and spoken word artist, known for her ability to bring clarity to complex and emotionally charged issues with humor and compassion. As an organizational consultant specializing in cultural diversity, she serves the public, private, non-profit, and military sectors. Her clients have included, MCA Universal, ATT, Apple Inc, Hewlett Packard, Kaiser Permanente, US Coast Guard Academy, Ford Foundation, SBC Communications, UCSF, Prudential, and Kodak. Rev Deborah is a successful co-litigant in two landmark civil rights cases in California. The first resulted in the inclusion of sexual orientation in the state’s Civil Rights Bill in 1984 setting a national precedent,while the second staved off repeal of the state’s Domestic Partnership in 2005. For her social justice work, she has been featured in numerous books and films including Showtime’s Jumpin’ The Broom and has received many lifetime achievement awards including induction into the Board of Preachers at the MLK Jr. Chapel of Morehouse College.

RevD’s Upcoming Courses:

Yes to Oneness
The 6-session “YES to Oneness” workshop is preventative medicine for divisiveness. Guided by divine downloads from my books The Sacred YES and Your Deepest Intent, we’ll go on a spiritually transformative experience.

How to Depolarize
The 3-session “How to Depolarize” workshop provides diagnostic techniques and treatment plans for divisiveness. It is an interactive skills building practicum based on my 40+ years as a movement organizer, corporate DEI consultant, spiritual leader, and successful co-litigant in two landmark civil rights cases. This workshop expands upon the concepts I recently presented at Harvard Divinity School. 


  • 0:00 — Introduction
  •  2:51 — Reconnecting Post-Pandemic
  • 4:29 — Keeping Hope Alive
  • 7:41 — On Nonduality
  • 12:27 — Balancing Social Justice
  • 19:59 — Everything is in Vibrations of Possibilities
  • 25:58 — Interfaith / Omnifaith Exploration
  • 33:14 — Reconnecting to our Natural State
  • 40:06 — Knowing Truth
  • 45:10 — Advice for Burnout and Connection
  • 50:42 — Learning and Growing in Community

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