About

ICUJP was founded in Los Angeles weeks after 9/11/o1 to support the work of Faith leaders from Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, Jewish and other spiritual faiths and traditions who say "Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence..." ICUJP's activities promote critical examination of the costs of violence and war at home and in the world from the Faith perspective. We insist on respect for human rights, international law and the use of peaceful means in the resolution of conflicts. Since September 2001, a committed group has combined with newcomers every Friday morning in a church basement in Los Angeles at 7:00 am. At these meetings one is likely to hear issues presented by ACLU attorneys, Palestinian/Israeli nonviolent activists or Colombian labor organizers, in political/social discussions with a faith-based orientation. Dialogue at the meetings has been characterized by Rev. James Lawson (a founding member and regular attender and speaker) as unique in his experience for the courage of Jews and Muslims in particular to face issues that can inflame divisions --- and yet these members have found political common ground. ICUJP's monthly activities have included Interfaith Services and Forums throughout the Los Angeles area. Our Services and Forums have been addressed by distinguished persons such as US Rep Barbara Lee, Global Exchange and Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin, State Senator Richard Polanco, Dr. Hassan Hathout, Rabbi Leonard Beerman, former California State Assemblyman Tom Hayden, School of the Americas Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois and others.

2013 Board of Directors

Rev. Dr. George F. Regas
Founder & Convener
Episcopal
The Regas Institute
Dr. Grace R. DyrnessChair
Institute for Urban Initiatives
Stephen F. Rohde,  Vice-Chair
Jewish
Ed Fisher, Treasurer
Episcopal
Veterans for Peace
Veda Veach, Secretary
United Methodist
CA People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty
Bonnie Blustein
Unitarian - Universalist
Rev. Louis Chase, United Methodist
Hamilton United Methodist Church
Fr. Richard Estrada, Catholic
La Placita Church
Rev. Stephen L. Fiske, Interfaith
Unity and Diversity Council
Rev. John Forney, Episcopal
Progressive Christians Uniting
Elizabeth  F. Hailey, Episcopal
Saint Michael‘s & All Angels
Sherrel Johnson, Muslim
Council on American-Islamic Relations
Rabbi Jonathan Klein, Jewish
Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice
Canon Lydia Lopez, Episcopal
Rita Lowenthal, Jewish
J Street, Progressive Jewish Alliance
Anthony Manousos, Quaker
Santa Monica Friends Meeting
Marium MohiuddinMuslim
Muslim Public Affairs Committee
Rev. Paul Nugent
The Aetherius Society
Fr. Chris PonnetCatholic
Catholic Archdiocese/Pax Christi USA
Dr. Simon Simonian, Quaker
Jahan Stanizai 
Culver City Interfaith Council
Dr. Susan Stouffer, Presbyterian, USA/
United Methodist
Peace Center, United University Church
 
STAFF
Andy Griggs, Program Director
Rod Sprott,  Bookkeeper
Luis Rivas,  Communication and Outreach Coordinator
Monica Barragan, Office Assistant
 

 

War Is Not The Answer ~ Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War & Violence