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ICUJP Annual Holiday Party/

Active Listening in Divisive Times

December 15th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

"We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world." -- Howard Zinn

"If you want to end the war then Instead of sending guns, send books. Instead of sending tanks, send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers."
-- Malala Yousafzai

"Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one."
-- John Lennon

Event Description: We will be having a special Friday Forum in which we gather together to celebrate our accomplishments over the year, gain strength for the struggles and tasks ahead, and share from our own lives. We invite you to join us for our gathering, as well as for a special presentation:

Active Listening in Divisive Times  

Conversations about world events with friends, neighbors, or colleagues with different views can be challenging and strain relationships. Active listening can help, but it takes time and energy. This program will explore what active listening entails and why it is worth the effort. It is offered through Hartford International University’s Continuing and Professional Education Initiative which providing learning opportunities for thriving in a religiously complex world. These opportunities are in the form of workshops, training, and webinars for individuals and for organizations.

Join the conversation with our speaker:

Phoebe Milliken
 designed and directs the Master of Arts in International Peacebuilding (MAP) at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace. The MAP program brings together an international cohort of Christians, Muslims, and Jews to develop interreligious peacebuilding skills through an experiential education model.

Phoebe has worked in international education since 1996. This work has included: developing literacy programming in Zimbabwe, managing a teacher education project spanning 25 countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, teaching African History in the U.S., and directing Augsburg College’s study abroad program in Namibia.

Prior to coming to Hartford International University, Phoebe Milliken worked for Plowshares Institute.

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Facilitator: Steve Rohde
Reflector: Dr. Rubi Omar

ICUJP Friday Forum 12/15/23
Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

*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.)

12.22.23 - Steve Chase, Jewish Voices for Peace


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.

Please Remember ICUJP in our Year-End gift giving:




- Some recent ICUJP Friday Forums you might have missed - check out these videos and many more on our ICUJP YouTube page:

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

PEN America - Banned in the USA

World BEYOND War: How can we support youth to become sustainable peace leaders?

Apartheid-Free Communities: An Interfaith Effort to Resist Racism

Clergy Standing Up For Our LGBTQ Community

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

10.13.23 Friday Forum - Israel and Palestine Yes, there IS a Path to Peace

Please remember ICUJP in your year-end donations

Twenty-two years ago, Rev. George Regas of All-Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena reached out to clergy, community leaders, and laypeople to come together to seek an alternative to the fear-mongering and vengefulness sweeping much of our nation in the wake of September 11. The message that they wanted to convey was coherent and powerful: “Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence.” On that day, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace was born.

These past 22 years have been a journey for ICUJP - five Presidents, four California Governors, and numerous crises and issues that would shake the resolve of even the most devout and dedicated of activists. But through it all, we go forward in our mission to be the voice for "the least of these", and our determination to create the change we want to see in the world.

On Sunday, September 10th, 2023, ICUJP honored Rev. George Regas's life and legacy, and recognized deserving organizations with the 2023 George F. Regas Courageous Peacemaker Award. As our theme was "Housing is a Human Right", we were glad to shine a light on the work of Making Housing and Community HappenAll-Saints Church Safe Haven Bridge to Housing, the Office of Mayor Karen Bass of Los Angeles, and the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center.

Thank you for your part in keeping the vision of George F. Regas alive as we continue creating a place to gather, organize, pray, and act together united by the fundamental principle that Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence.

Please consider helping Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace in its mission. ICUJP operates as a largely volunteer organization with a small part-time paid staff. We have survived for over 20 years through the generosity of individuals and organizations like you. Like so many other organizations, our ability to raise donations has been hampered during the COVID pandemic.  


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