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ICUJP Friday Forum
March15th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

Painting: "Storm" John August Swanson

The Future of ICUJP and the Interfaith Peace and Justice Movement


Call in by phone: +1 669 900 6833* 

Meeting ID: 817 2947 4519
PASSCODE: 907837

*Meeting controls for call-in attendees:
To mute/unmute yourself: *6
To raise hand: *9

Event Description: Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace has been through a lot of changes in its 22 years of existence, and through all of the tribulations, trials, challenges and successes, we have counted on the wisdom, experience and inspiration of our members and friends.

On Sunday, January 14th, ICUJP met on line and in person at St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care to chart the course for the organization. We talked about what brought us to the group and what we should focus on going forward. This Friday, we will go over the findings and endeavor to create a plan of action that will guide us on our mission of justice and peace.

Key takeaways from retreat:

  • A majority of people want to have live events, and want to send out more emails & publicize events.
  • Visits/ events at mosque, temples, etc.
  • Need to meet face-to-face to build relationships.
  • Make a list of outreach leaders in mosques, Shura Council, etc.
  • Outreach to young professionals.

 Join the conversation with our speaker:

Dick Bunce's career has combined social work, social justice advocacy, and pastoral ministry. He is a former chair of ICUJP. Since retirement, he has been active in the mental health field and currently is a volunteer in community projects in Pomona, where he resides with his wife, Pam.

Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace

7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
7:35 - 7:45  Welcome and introductions 
7:45 - 7:50  Reflection (5 min. maximum)
7:50 - 9:15  Program and Q&A
9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

Start your morning with us! 

Facilitator: Rick Banales
Reflector: Steve Rohde

** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **

Here's how to join the online meeting:

To join by video conference, you'll need to download the Zoom app on your computer or mobile device. Click on the link to join the meeting and then enter the Meeting ID number and passcode. You'll be able to see slides and video, as well as speakers and other attendees.

If you prefer to join by phone, you'll be prompted to enter the Meeting ID number and passcode. You won't be able to see the visuals or attendees, but you can view them on the meeting video recording afterward. 

If you're new to Zoom and would like to use the video option, we recommend you download the app well ahead of time.

ICUJP Friday Forum 03/15/24
Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Option 1: Join video conference 

Meeting ID: 817 2947 4519
PASSCODE: 907837

Option 2: Dial in by phone only:
+1 669 900 6833 US (California)

Meeting ID: 817 2947 4519
PASSCODE: 907837

*Meeting controls for call-in attendees:
To mute/unmute yourself: *6
To raise hand: *9

(To find a dial-in number closer to you, go here.)


Please note: Our Friday Forums and other events are open to the public. By attending, you consent to having your voice and likeness recorded, photographed, posted on ICUJP's website and social media, and included in ICUJP materials and publications for noncommercial purposes. If you don't want to be photographed or recorded, please let the facilitator know.

ICUJP's Focus on the Israel/Palestine Conflict

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
-- Martin Luther King Jr.

I think it was smart that you’re wary of using the word “terrorism,” and if you talk about the cycle of violence, or “an eye for an eye,” you could be perpetuating the idea that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a balanced conflict, instead of a largely unarmed people against the fourth most powerful military in the world.
-- Rachel Corrie

A person can only be born in one place. However, he may die several times elsewhere: in the exiles and prisons, and in a homeland transformed by the occupation and oppression into a nightmare.
Mahmoud Darwish

Rick --

In the words of ICUJP Convener, the late Rev. George Regas, speaking about a conflict long ago but still resonant today:

The sin at the heart of this war against Iraq is your belief that an American life is of more value than an Iraqi life. That an American child is more precious than an Iraqi baby. God loathes war.

We HAVE to call out the massacre of innocent lives, no matter the ideology behind the crime, or else the Justice and Peace work we do is meaningless.

Long before the tragic events of October 7th of last year, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace has been shining a light on the Israel/Palestine conflict, and working towards dialogue and solutions that affirm the primary calling of our organization - stating loud and clear that Religious Communities MUST Stop Blessing War and Violence. 

Justice and Peace are WORK, and ICUJP has been doing that work with our partners for over 22 years, many of them focusing on conflicts in the Middle East and their ramifications for us in this country. 

Click on the links below to watch the recent Friday Forums we have devoted to the Israel/Palestine crisis:

Friends of Sabeel, A Christian and Secular Voice for Palestine

IfNotNow - Reflections on Diverse Jewish Solidarity with Palestine

Ani Zonneveld - The Politics of Human Rights

Dov Baum - Apartheid-Free Communities in Israel, Palestine, and the U.S

Dr. Kamal Abu-Shamiseh - Reflections on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Marjorie Cohn - South Africa takes Israel to the World Court for Genocide in Gaza

John Parker - Detained Delivering Aid to Gaza

Steve Chase - Speaking Up for Peace with Justice

Israel and Palestine Yes, there IS a Path to Peace

Palestine Under Colonialism

George Lakey: How can we get creative in the Israel-Palestine conflict?

Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, a Multifaith Apprach to Counter Anti-Muslim Discrimination

Jeff Cooper/Carolfrances Likins: Palestine Before And After

Apartheid-Free Communities: An Interfaith Effort to Resist Racism

 When teaching the truth about Israel and Palestine is challenged

Jewish Anti-Zionists Queering the Fight for a Free Palestine

Please give generously to help us in our ongoing work to open doors with dialogue and compassion, and to make change with diligence, creativity, and open hearts and minds.

Premiering the new documentary, "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now!"

Along with NRCAT (National Religious Campaign Against Torture) and director Robert Corsini, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace have put together a thirty-minute documentary outlining some of the many abuses of the prisoners at the facility, including interviews with past detainees. "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now!" outlines our work in bringing to light a stain on this country that most people would like to forget, or in many cases don't even realize is still happening.

"Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"

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