A Message from our Executive Director

We are excited to let our friends and supporters know about the changes to Independence Rock Group. While the essence of the IRG remains, roles have changed to build on our strengths and reflect our new location.

I have taken on the role of Executive Director and Chris Henrichsen is the Faith and Social Justice Director. Kevin Caudill will continue his role as Operations Director.  Independence Rock Group is now based in Charlottesville, Virginia where can engage with an active community and fulfill our mission.

The Independence Rock Group elevates issues of faith, ethics, and social justice using the arts as a form of community engagement. Music, art, film, and literature inspire; fostering connections between local and national voices. Channeling inspiration into action that benefits our community is the mission of the Independence Rock Group.

In March we hosted a lively panel discussion, “Women in Public Life”. A diverse group of women discussed their current positions and how their journey and their unique experiences helped them get there.

Our Social Justice Book Club begins April the 14th. The first selection is Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.  We will have a week long virtual discussion about the book, and invite everyone to join in the discussion. Find details here.

We will screen the Oscar-nominated documentary about ACT UP, “How to Survive a Plague”, on May 9 at Random Row Books, 315 W. Main St. Charlottesville.

We are grateful for the support that we have already received and hope you will continue your support as a member.

If you would like to help us educate and bring awareness to issues of faith, ethics, and social justice in our community, please show your faith and send us a donation. You will become a member of a growing, vital and much needed nonprofit that is educating and drawing interest right now.

Warmest Regards,

Lela Graham

Executive Director

Levels and Benefits of Membership

  • $25 Weekly Member’s Update
  • $50 Weekly Member’s Update and a subscription to the Independence Rock Review
  • $100 Weekly Member’s Update, subscription to the Independence Rock Review, and special invitation to IRG events
  • $250 All of the above, special access to featured IRG speakers and guests
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