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Valerie Tarico


Dr. Valerie Tarico is a psychologist with a passion for personal and social evolution. In 2005, she co-founded the Progress Alliance of Washington, a collective of future-oriented donors investing in progressive change. She also is the founder of WisdomCommons.org, an interactive website that showcases humanity’s shared moral core via quotes, poetry, stories and essays from many traditions. Tarico’s book, Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light, offers personal insight into how we can apply “constructive curiosity” to our most closely guarded beliefs. 

As a social commentator, Tarico writes and speaks on issues ranging from religious fundamentalism to gender roles, to reproductive rights and technologies. A primary focus is on improving access to top tier contraceptive technologies. To that end, she serves on the board of Advocates for Youth, a D.C. based nonprofit with wide-ranging programs related to reproductive health and justice. Tarico co-chairs of Washington Women for Choice, serves on the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest Board of Advocates, and is a Senior Writing Fellow at Sightline Institute, a think tank focused on sustainable prosperity. Her articles appear at sites including the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Salon, AlterNet, and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and at her blog, AwayPoint.

Valerie would enjoy speaking on the following topics:

    •Women in the Bible and Christian History (or why we need to take down biblical literalism if we want gender equality)
    •Female Personhood vs Fetal Personhood (the concept of a person from a secular vs theological standpoint and implications for abortion, contraception, and sexual rights)
    •Why good Christians do so many bad things in the name of God (the psychology of Christianity)
    •Recovering from Religion (getting rid of old embedded messages, dealing with family and friends who believe)
    •Asking for Money: How to get in Kind and Monetary Support for Your Group
    •Trusting Doubt - A discussion with the author for study groups

    Valerie charges a $100 honorarium, but this amount also includes copies of her book, Trusting Doubt, that your group can use for discussion, fundraising, etc.
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