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Weekly Friday Forums (currently meeting online) are the lifeline of ICUJP. We have guest speakers, share reflections, and plan campaigns and actions! All are invited to join us from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Start your day with a jolt of social justice!

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  • Friday, June 21, 2024 at 07:30 AM · 2 rsvps

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    June 21st, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    Norman Solomon: 
    Make War Visible – and End It

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    Event Description:

    Writer and activist Norman Solomon, author of “War Made Invisible: How America Hides the Human Toll of Its Military Machine,” will discuss the human and political realities of the U.S. warfare state.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Norman Solomon
     is an American journalist, media critic, author and activist.

    His latest book, “War Made Invisible: How America Hides the Human Toll of Its Military Machine,” was published by The New Press in June 2023.

    Solomon’s dozen other books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.”

    Solomon is the founder of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a consortium of policy researchers and analysts. He is IPA’s executive director and the coordinator of its ExposeFacts program.

    He is co-founder and national director of the online organization RootsAction.org, which now has upwards of 1.3 million online supporters. Solomon was elected as a Bernie Sanders delegate to the 2016 and 2020 Democratic National Conventions, where he was a coordinator of the independent Bernie Delegates Network.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Support for multi-issue activism and independent progressive journalism can strengthen ongoing work to challenge militarism and organize for social justice:

    Roots Action

    War Made Invisible

    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: Phil Way
    Reflector: Maggie Hutchinson

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


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    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 06/21/24
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    SUPPORT ICUJP'S ONGOING WORK FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE!

    If there is anything that we have learned in the almost 23 years since Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace was formed, it is that Justice and Peace do not just sprout up like weeds - it is soil that has to be constantly tended and worked, straining muscles and soiling clothes. But with that work and perseverance, the yield is bountiful and can feed multitudes.

    From bearing witness (as well as hoods and prison garb) at our annual Guantanamo protest at the Downtown Los Angeles Federal Building, to working towards getting unhoused people a roof and stability, to visiting and speaking truth to local, state, and federal officials, we understand that "peace" is not a nebulous presence in the ether - it is always about PEACEMAKING, or as the writer Austin O'Malley wrote, "practical prayer is harder on the soles of your shoes than on the knees of your trousers." 

    Justice and Peace are WORK, and ICUJP has been doing that work with our partners for over 23 years:


    All-Saints Pasadena Safe Haven Bridge to Housing Ministry



    The Silencing of Palestinian Voices


    Drop LWOP Coalition and SB 94


    Thank you for being a partner in our fight for inclusion, equity and justice for all — will you join us in our future work by making a special gift to ICUJP today?

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

     



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  • Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 06:00 PM · 6 rsvps

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    June 14th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  
    Photo Credit: Robert Corsini/Videocratic Media

    Remembering Rev. James Lawson

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    Event Description:

    Rev. James Lawson Jr.
    (September 22, 1928 – June 10, 2024)

    Along with Rev. George Regas, Maher Hatout, Rabbi Leonard Beerman, and many other leaders in Los Angeles, Rev. James Lawson was one of the primary catalysts for the creation of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace.

    From his early work with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, to his work conducting nonviolence training workshops for the SCLC Southern Christian Leadership Conference, to his training of future leaders of the Civil Rights Movement such as Diane Nash and John Lewis, Rev. Lawson was at the epicenter of changes that still reverberate through this country. His organizing of the Nashville sit-ins of department stores and lunch counters in the city were nails driven through the coffin of the Jim Crow South.

    Rev. Lawson's activism did not stop there - in 1974, he became pastor of Holman United Methodist Church, where he served until retiring in 1999. Along with his work at Vanderbilt University and his founding of the James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements, he was also active in CLUE: Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice and the ACLU of Southern California, and next year will be the opening of the UCLA James Lawson Jr. Worker Justice Center, part of the UCLA Labor Center.

    Here is a link to a recent talk by Rev. Lawson for Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace on Nonviolence & Peace.



    Join the conversation with our speakers:



    Bonnie Boswell
     is currently the producer/reporter for Bonnie Boswell Reports and Bonnie Boswell Presents on KCET.

    Ms. Boswell is also the executive producer of Bonnie Boswell Presents: “Saving Moms,” a feature-length documentary on maternal health in America that premiered on KCET in March, “Bonnie Boswell Presents: A Conversation with Pastor James Lawson and Attorney Bryan Stevenson,” “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights,” a film about her uncle that aired on PBS” and “Seeds of Peace,” a feature-length documentary that aired on NBC.

    Bonnie was previously the community reporter for NBC-LA, the producer/co-host of “Lawson, Live,” a national talk show featuring legendary civil rights leader, Pastor James Lawson, an associate producer for ABC’s “20/20,” and a broadcast editorialist for WNBC-TV, New York. She has been a guest on NBC’s “Today” show, MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” “PBS NewsHour” and National Public Radio.

    Bonnie is a graduate of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



    Robert Corsini's work has appeared in dozens of programs for major networks, cable outlets and in a wide range of independent projects including PBS, NBC, CW, Discovery Networks, Fox Sports Net, Hallmark Channel, Fox Family, TV Guide Channel, Epix, Reelz and for non-profits such as the Inner-City Games Los Angeles and the Rosenberg Foundation in San Francisco.

    He created Videocratic Media in 2014 to channel his deep creative skillset into producing meaningful non-fiction stories from concept, through development, production, and post, relying on his long list of creative collaborators in the U.S. and around the world and team-building skills, to deliver high-quality broadcast video content.

    Robert is a Los Angeles native, a graduate of UCSB, and a former Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa. He and his family are long time residents of Mt. Washington, North-East Los Angeles.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Vanderbilt University - James Lawson Institute

    Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE)

    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: Steve Rohde

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

    June 21st: Normon Solomon
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    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. 

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    ICUJP Friday Forum 06/14/24
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    SUPPORT ICUJP'S ONGOING WORK FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE!

    If there is anything that we have learned in the almost 23 years since Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace was formed, it is that Justice and Peace do not just sprout up like weeds - it is soil that has to be constantly tended and worked, straining muscles and soiling clothes. But with that work and perseverance, the yield is bountiful and can feed multitudes.

    From bearing witness (as well as hoods and prison garb) at our annual Guantanamo protest at the Downtown Los Angeles Federal Building, to working towards getting unhoused people a roof and stability, to visiting and speaking truth to local, state, and federal officials, we understand that "peace" is not a nebulous presence in the ether - it is always about PEACEMAKING, or as the writer Austin O'Malley wrote, "practical prayer is harder on the soles of your shoes than on the knees of your trousers." 

    Justice and Peace are WORK, and ICUJP has been doing that work with our partners for over 23 years:


    All-Saints Pasadena Safe Haven Bridge to Housing Ministry



    The Silencing of Palestinian Voices


    Drop LWOP Coalition and SB 94


    Thank you for being a partner in our fight for inclusion, equity and justice for all — will you join us in our future work by making a special gift to ICUJP today?

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

    DONATE HERE TO SUPPORT ICUJP'S ONGOING WORK!

     



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  • Wednesday, June 05, 2024 at 06:00 PM

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    June 7th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    The Hollywood Fringe Festival:

    Live Theatre for Justice and Peace

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    Event Description:

    The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual event allowing ordinary people to write, direct, perform, and produce their own shows. Some are ensemble pieces for large theatres, some are solo shows for intimate ones. Some are cabarets, some are drama, some are comedy. The Fringe celebrates the variety of theater forms.

    In this Friday’s Forum, four women with commitments to peace and justice will talk with you about their plays and perhaps perform some segments of it.

    Join the conversation with our speakers:


    Carolfrances Likins is a writer, retired teacher, and activist, including being on the board of ICUJP. As a theatre arts major in college, she learned the power of theatre. She returned to the stage in last year’s Fringe Festival with a solo show, but had no plans to enter this year’s Fringe until the current genocide and the suppression of activism jolted her, making her need to respond to this threat with the solo show: Stolen Stories: Reclaiming Those that Our Government Keeps from Us 

    Raised in the McCarthy Era, she is determined that we not go back there. 



    Myriam Ali-Ahmad is a Lebanese actor and writer. She completed her training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and has extensive acting and theatre experience including Theatre of the Oppressed. Raised in Lebanon, Myriam’s life experiences have been shaped by “Middle Eastern” politics. She’s been immersed in the Palestinian fight for liberation since her childhood. Myriam has vowed to use her voice and talent to serve this noble cause, with the hopes of transforming and helping in building a bridge to a Free Palestine, and to the liberation of oppressed peoples all around the world. Winner of the '24 Fringe Scholarship, Myriam is premiering her solo show "Handala" at the 2024 Hollywood Fringe Festival, for which all proceeds will be going to aid in Gaza.

    You can find her on instagram @myrr.i.am.

    Krystle Tugadi is an actor, singer, and writer based out of Los Angeles, California. She received her MFA in Acting at California Institute of the Arts and her B.A. in Theatre at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Her most recent works include MeSearch Podcast - a podcast she co-hosts and co-produces with her friend, Dustin Domingo, reclaiming the academic term - historically viewed in a negative light - to celebrate and highlight the Filipino/x/a-American experience and the community’s leaders. She is also premiering her solo show, “space exploration because SPACE EXPLORATION because sPaCe eXpLoRaTiOn!!!”, at the 2024 Hollywood Fringe Festival. The story follows a new mother and recent immigrant navigating the foreign spaces that these circumstances entail.



    Raised behind a convenience store cash register in Colfax County, New Mexico, Jennifer Caldwell returned from University in the UK to study acting at Playhouse West in North Hollywood with Robert Carnegie and Jess Goldblum. She got her SAG card on Curb Your Enthusiasm, played Off Broadway in NYC and has extensive improv experience. She has a great deal of theater experience as well as award winning short films on the festival circuit. Her first solo show "Maeve’s Post-Colonial 12th House Party” reflects her interest in astrology and her passion for social justice. An organizer with the ANSWER Coalition from 2002-2012, she was a member of the LA Coalition in Solidarity with Cuba and a co-founder of the Santa Monica College Coalition in Solidarity with Cuba. She currently serves on the New Mexico Local Board of SAG-AFTRA.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    The Hollywood Fringe Festival

    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! 

    Reflector: Rebecca Arvizu

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

    06.14.24 Friday Forum: Karen Hilfman, Alliance for Reparations, Reconciliation and Truth

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    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 06/07/24
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    Passing the Virtual Bucket

    We can't pass the green donation bucket in person, but ICUJP still needs your support. Please give as generously as you can on our donation page. You can also set up recurring gifts by credit card or bank transfer!

    Thank you!


    SUPPORT ICUJP'S ONGOING WORK FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE!

    If there is anything that we have learned in the almost 23 years since Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace was formed, it is that Justice and Peace do not just sprout up like weeds - it is soil that has to be constantly tended and worked, straining muscles and soiling clothes. But with that work and perseverance, the yield is bountiful and can feed multitudes.

    From bearing witness (as well as hoods and prison garb) at our annual Guantanamo protest at the Downtown Los Angeles Federal Building, to working towards getting unhoused people a roof and stability, to visiting and speaking truth to local, state, and federal officials, we understand that "peace" is not a nebulous presence in the ether - it is always about PEACEMAKING, or as the writer Austin O'Malley wrote, "practical prayer is harder on the soles of your shoes than on the knees of your trousers." 

    Justice and Peace are WORK, and ICUJP has been doing that work with our partners for over 23 years:


    All-Saints Pasadena Safe Haven Bridge to Housing Ministry



    The Silencing of Palestinian Voices


    Drop LWOP Coalition and SB 94


    Thank you for being a partner in our fight for inclusion, equity and justice for all — will you join us in our future work by making a special gift to ICUJP today?

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

    MAKE A DONATION TO SUPPORT ICUJP'S ONGOING WORK FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE!


     



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  • Friday, May 31, 2024 at 07:30 AM · 2 rsvps

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    May 31, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    The Golden Rule: Sailing for a Nuclear-Free World and a Peaceful, Sustainable Future

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    Event Description:

    From its first voyage in 1958, and its recommission from 2015 on, the Golden Rule has been a little boat with a big mission: to stop the possibility of nuclear war! Join the Veterans For Peace Golden Rule Project Manager in learning about this boat and how you and others can have hope of eliminating nuclear weapons through taking specific actions.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Helen Jaccard 
    is a crew member and project manager for the Veterans for Peace Golden Rule Project.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Veterans for Peace Golden Rule Project 

    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: Rebecca Arvizu
    Reflector: Jasmine Hailey

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


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    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 05/31/24
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    LOVE FOR PALESTINE ACTION PAGE

    Here are links to resources and sample templates for you to contact elected officials and corporations:

    Contact your congressional representatives and call for a cease fire (AFSC):

    https://afsc.org/action/call-cease-fire-and-humanitarian-access-gaza-now 

    Before you dialCheck to see if your Senators and Representative have already called for a ceasefire using the tracker JVP Action has built in collaboration with the Working Families Party.

    https://workingfamilies.org/ceasefire-tracker/ 

     

    Find your elected officials here:

    https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

     

    Demands (options):

    • Permanent ceasefire
    • Release of hostages
    • Release of mass imprisonment of Palestininans
    • Stop genocide
    • Stop the witholding of food, water, medicine
    • Stop funding genocide and supplying bombs
    • Support/facilitate a just and equitable peace
    • End the Occupation

    Sample script:

    My name is [YOUR FIRST & LAST NAME], I'm a [CONSTITUENT / SUPPORTER] of [SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE NAME], and I’m calling/writing about Palestine and Israel.

    [YOUR KIND GREETING]

    For Representatives: [REPRESENTATIVE NAME] must publicly call for a ceasefire, pressure Israel to allow more humanitarian aid into Gaza, and vote NO on sending more weapons for this war. A “humanitarian pause” is not good enough. They should cosponsor the ceasefire resolution, House Resolution 786, introduced by Representatives Cori Bush and Rashida Tlaib.

    For Senators: [SENATOR NAME] must publicly call for a ceasefire, pressure Israel to allow more humanitarian aid into Gaza, and vote NO on sending more weapons for this war. A “humanitarian pause” is not good enough. They should introduce a Senate Resolution calling for a ceasefire, similar to the one in the House.

    I am passionate about this because…

    • I have family/friends in the region and…
    • I visited Palestine and witnessed firsthand how
    • My faith compels me to...

    While I am speaking as an individual…

    • I talked to my neighbors about this and we all agree that…
    • I’m a member of … and we all agree that…
    • Most U.S. voters agree that the U.S. should push for a ceasefire.
    • Thank you!

    Activism resources

    Jewish Voices for Peace

    https://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/resource/first-steps/ 

    American Friends Service Committee https://afsc.org/actionhour 

    Kinder USA 
    https://www.kinderusa.org/about-us/ 

    eSims for gaza 
    https://gazaesims.com/ 

    Where to Donate

    UNRWA - UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the near East

    https://donate.unrwa.org/-landing-page/en_EN 

    Doctors Without Borders - Palestine

    https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/where-we-work/palestine 

    Corporate Accountability

    Letters to Corporations - AFSC https://afsc.org/BoycottChevron 

     

    AFSC - How to Divest 
    https://investigate.afsc.org/divest 

    Scroll down to: Divestment from the Occupation Industry

    https://afsc.org/companies-2023-attack-gaza                    

    SoCal Local Palestinian Businesses

    Jerusalem Chicken 

    448 W. Slauson Avnue, Los Angeles 90043 


    tacos for palestine

    Instagram: lataco

    Ike’s Love and Sandwiches

    https://www.ikessandwich.com/

    3895 Overland Avenue, Culver City 990232

    460 North Pacific Highway, El Seundo 90245

    4731 Glencoe Avenue Unite B-9A, Marina Del Rey 90292

    Anwar Kitchen

    https://www.anwarskitchen.com/menus/#specials

    217 E 8th St Los Angeles, CA 90014


    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

    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.

    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY:
    "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



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  • Friday, May 24, 2024 at 07:30 AM

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    May 24, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    The 9th annual Interfaith Solidarity March LA, organized by the Institute for Religious Tolerance, Peace and Justice on June 2nd

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    Event Description:

    Dr. Arik Greenberg will speak about the 9th annual Interfaith Solidarity March LA on June 2nd, which will also include a panel discussion about the crisis in Israel and Gaza. It is Dr. Greenberg’s belief, and that of the IRTPJ, that civil and informative discussions like this are crucial in bringing people of all sides toward the middle, and encouraging compassionate collaboration.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Dr. Arik Greenberg
      is the founder of the Institute for Religious Tolerance, Peace and Justice, and is an ardent advocate for interfaith dialogue and collaboration as pathways to world peace. Having studied numerous world religions, he received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Claremont Graduate University, specializing in New Testament and Christian Origins, with emphasis on the diversity of belief within early Christianity. He currently serves on the Theology faculty of Loyola Marymount University as Clinical Assistant Professor of Interreligious Dialogue.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    The Institute for Religious Tolerance

    Interfaith Solidarity March June 2nd

    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: Phil Way
    Reflector: Steve Rohde

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

    05.31.24 Friday Forum: Helen Jaccard - Veterans for Peace Golden Rule Project

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    ICUJP Friday Forum 05/24/24
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    LOVE FOR PALESTINE ACTION PAGE

    Here are links to resources and sample templates for you to contact elected officials and corporations:

    Contact your congressional representatives and call for a cease fire (AFSC):

    https://afsc.org/action/call-cease-fire-and-humanitarian-access-gaza-now 

    Before you dialCheck to see if your Senators and Representative have already called for a ceasefire using the tracker JVP Action has built in collaboration with the Working Families Party.

    https://workingfamilies.org/ceasefire-tracker/ 

    Find your elected officials here:

    https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

    Demands (options):

    • Permanent ceasefire

    • Release of hostages

    • Release of mass imprisonment of Palestininans

    • Stop genocide

    • Stop the witholding of food, water, medicine

    • Stop funding genocide and supplying bombs

    • Support/facilitate a just and equitable peace

    • End the Occupation

    Sample script:

    My name is [YOUR FIRST & LAST NAME], I'm a [CONSTITUENT / SUPPORTER] of [SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE NAME], and I’m calling/writing about Palestine and Israel.

    [YOUR KIND GREETING]

    For Representatives: [REPRESENTATIVE NAME] must publicly call for a ceasefire, pressure Israel to allow more humanitarian aid into Gaza, and vote NO on sending more weapons for this war. A “humanitarian pause” is not good enough. They should cosponsor the ceasefire resolution, House Resolution 786, introduced by Representatives Cori Bush and Rashida Tlaib.

    For Senators: [SENATOR NAME] must publicly call for a ceasefire, pressure Israel to allow more humanitarian aid into Gaza, and vote NO on sending more weapons for this war. A “humanitarian pause” is not good enough. They should introduce a Senate Resolution calling for a ceasefire, similar to the one in the House.

    I am passionate about this because…

    • I have family/friends in the region and…

    • I visited Palestine and witnessed firsthand how

    • My faith compels me to...

    While I am speaking as an individual…

    • I talked to my neighbors about this and we all agree that…

    • I’m a member of … and we all agree that…

    • Most U.S. voters agree that the U.S. should push for a ceasefire.

    • Thank you!

    Activism resources

    Jewish Voices for Peace

    https://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/resource/first-steps/ 

    American Friends Service Committee https://afsc.org/actionhour 

    Kinder USA 
    https://www.kinderusa.org/about-us/ 

    eSims for gaza 
    https://gazaesims.com/ 

    Where to Donate

    UNRWA - UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the near East

    https://donate.unrwa.org/-landing-page/en_EN 

    Doctors Without Borders - Palestine

    https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/where-we-work/palestine 

    Corporate Accountability

    Letters to Corporations - AFSC https://afsc.org/BoycottChevron 

    AFSC - How to Divest 
    https://investigate.afsc.org/divest 

    Scroll down to: Divestment from the Occupation Industry

    https://afsc.org/companies-2023-attack-gaza                    

    SoCal Local Palestinian Businesses

    Jerusalem Chicken 

    448 W. Slauson Avnue, Los Angeles 90043 


    tacos for palestine

    Instagram: lataco

    Ike’s Love and Sandwiches

    https://www.ikessandwich.com/

    3895 Overland Avenue, Culver City 990232

    460 North Pacific Highway, El Seundo 90245

    4731 Glencoe Avenue Unite B-9A, Marina Del Rey 90292

    Anwar Kitchen

    https://www.anwarskitchen.com/menus/#specials

    217 E 8th St Los Angeles, CA 90014


    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

    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.

    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY:
    "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



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  • Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 06:00 PM · 1 rsvp

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    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    May 17, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    Nonviolent Communication in a Time of Extraordinary Violence

    RSVP AT BOTTOM OF PAGE

    Event Description:

    The Hamas attack of 10/7 and Israel’s reaction to it have set the already polarized conversation around Israel/Palestine ablaze. How can we as people who care about peace and justice bring the temperature down? What can we do to play a constructive role in moving the discourse in a better direction? In this presentation, Eliyahu Ungar-Sargon, director of the documentary A People Without a Land will unpack the lessons that he has learned and offers some practical advice about how to talk nonviolently about this difficult topic.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Eliyahu Ungar-Sargon
     grew up in an Orthodox Jewish family in Brookline, MA. At age 13, he and his family moved to Israel. Eliyahu decided not to serve in the Israel Defense Forces, choosing instead to study medicine in the UK. Three years into his degree, he left medicine to pursue a career in film.

    After earning two degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Eliyahu completed his first feature-length documentary, Cut: Slicing Through the Myths of Circumcision. He has since released his second feature-length documentary, A People Without A Land, and is co-host of the podcast Four Cubits.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Documentary: A People Without a Land

    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: Stephen Rohde
    Reflector: Rebecca Arvizu

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

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    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 05/17/24
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

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    LOVE FOR PALESTINE ACTION PAGE

    Here are links to resources and sample templates for you to contact elected officials and corporations:

    Contact your congressional representatives and call for a cease fire (AFSC):

    https://afsc.org/action/call-cease-fire-and-humanitarian-access-gaza-now 

    Before you dialCheck to see if your Senators and Representative have already called for a ceasefire using the tracker JVP Action has built in collaboration with the Working Families Party.

    https://workingfamilies.org/ceasefire-tracker/ 

     

    Find your elected officials here:

    https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

     

    Demands (options):

    • Permanent ceasefire

    • Release of hostages

    • Release of mass imprisonment of Palestininans

    • Stop genocide

    • Stop the witholding of food, water, medicine

    • Stop funding genocide and supplying bombs

    • Support/facilitate a just and equitable peace

    • End the Occupation

    Sample script:

    My name is [YOUR FIRST & LAST NAME], I'm a [CONSTITUENT / SUPPORTER] of [SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE NAME], and I’m calling/writing about Palestine and Israel.

    [YOUR KIND GREETING]

    For Representatives: [REPRESENTATIVE NAME] must publicly call for a ceasefire, pressure Israel to allow more humanitarian aid into Gaza, and vote NO on sending more weapons for this war. A “humanitarian pause” is not good enough. They should cosponsor the ceasefire resolution, House Resolution 786, introduced by Representatives Cori Bush and Rashida Tlaib.

    For Senators: [SENATOR NAME] must publicly call for a ceasefire, pressure Israel to allow more humanitarian aid into Gaza, and vote NO on sending more weapons for this war. A “humanitarian pause” is not good enough. They should introduce a Senate Resolution calling for a ceasefire, similar to the one in the House.

    I am passionate about this because…

    • I have family/friends in the region and…

    • I visited Palestine and witnessed firsthand how

    • My faith compels me to...

    While I am speaking as an individual…

    • I talked to my neighbors about this and we all agree that…

    • I’m a member of … and we all agree that…

    • Most U.S. voters agree that the U.S. should push for a ceasefire.

    • Thank you!

    Activism resources

    Jewish Voices for Peace

    https://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/resource/first-steps/ 

    American Friends Service Committee https://afsc.org/actionhour 

    Kinder USA 
    https://www.kinderusa.org/about-us/ 

    eSims for gaza 
    https://gazaesims.com/ 

    Where to Donate

    UNRWA - UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the near East

    https://donate.unrwa.org/-landing-page/en_EN 

    Doctors Without Borders - Palestine

    https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/where-we-work/palestine 

    Corporate Accountability

    Letters to Corporations - AFSC https://afsc.org/BoycottChevron 

     

    AFSC - How to Divest 
    https://investigate.afsc.org/divest 

    Scroll down to: Divestment from the Occupation Industry

    https://afsc.org/companies-2023-attack-gaza                    

    SoCal Local Palestinian Businesses

    Jerusalem Chicken 

    448 W. Slauson Avnue, Los Angeles 90043 


    tacos for palestine

    Instagram: lataco

    Ike’s Love and Sandwiches

    https://www.ikessandwich.com/

    3895 Overland Avenue, Culver City 990232

    460 North Pacific Highway, El Seundo 90245

    4731 Glencoe Avenue Unite B-9A, Marina Del Rey 90292

    Anwar Kitchen

    https://www.anwarskitchen.com/menus/#specials

    217 E 8th St Los Angeles, CA 90014


    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

     

    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.

    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY:
    "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"


     


     

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    available for purchase online!

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  • Friday, April 26, 2024 at 07:30 AM

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    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    April 26th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    I Am Gitmo: A Film About the World's Most Notorious Prison

    Event Description:

    22 years after its opening, the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center stands as a stark symbol of America's descent into post-9/11 lawlessness. "I Am Gitmo," a feature film about it, opens in Los Angeles on May 3. Director Philippe Diaz and Producer Beth Portello join us to discuss this film, why they made it and the prospects for closing Guantanamo.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:

    Philippe Diaz is known for directing documentaries “The End of Poverty?” (Invited to over 41 film festivals including official selection at Cannes Critics’ Week), “The Empire In Africa,” (official selection at Cannes Critics’ Week, Best Documentary awards at SlamDance, African Film Festival Montreal and Hollywood Film Festival) and the narrative feature “Now & Later.”

    He has produced over 25 films and was awarded the Louis Delluc, France’s top award, in 1986 for “Mauvais Sang'' which was nominated for 3 Césars. In 2004, he created Cinema Libre Studio, to provide an alternative structure for intelligent, indie films to get developed, financed, produced and distributed.

    Beth Portello is a co-founder of Cinema Libre Studio and has shepherded the release of over 200 films since 2003 including films such as "Outfoxed," "Fuel," "Uncovered: the War On Iraq," and many others that have contributed to the growth of documentaries. She is the producer of "I Am Gitmo," "The End of Poverty?" and " Now & Later" and an Executive Producer of "Don't Look Away," a documentary that recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    "I Am Gitmo" film

    Guantanamo Survivors Fund

    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: Rececca Arvizu
    Reflector: Carolfrances Likins

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

    05.03.24 - Rabbi Cat Zavis: Beyt Tikkun
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    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 04/26/24
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

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    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.



    LOVE FOR PALESTINE ACTION PAGE

    Here are links to resources and sample templates for you to contact elected officials and corporations:

    Contact your congressional representatives and call for a cease fire (AFSC):

    https://afsc.org/action/call-cease-fire-and-humanitarian-access-gaza-now 

    Before you dialCheck to see if your Senators and Representative have already called for a ceasefire using the tracker JVP Action has built in collaboration with the Working Families Party.

    https://workingfamilies.org/ceasefire-tracker/ 

     

    Find your elected officials here:

    https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

     

    Demands (options):

    • Permanent ceasefire
    • Release of hostages
    • Release of mass imprisonment of Palestininans
    • Stop genocide
    • Stop witholding of food, water, medicine
    • Stop funding genocide and supplying bombs
    • Support/facilitate a just and equitable peace
    • End the Occupation

    Sample script:

    My name is [YOUR FIRST & LAST NAME], I'm a [CONSTITUENT / SUPPORTER] of [SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE NAME], and I’m calling/writing about Palestine and Israel.

    [YOUR KIND GREETING]

    For Representatives: [REPRESENTATIVE NAME] must publicly call for a ceasefire, pressure Israel to allow more humanitarian aid into Gaza, and vote NO on sending more weapons for this war. A “humanitarian pause” is not good enough. They should cosponsor the ceasefire resolution, House Resolution 786, introduced by Representatives Cori Bush and Rashida Tlaib.

    For Senators: [SENATOR NAME] must publicly call for a ceasefire, pressure Israel to allow more humanitarian aid into Gaza, and vote NO on sending more weapons for this war. A “humanitarian pause” is not good enough. They should introduce a Senate Resolution calling for a ceasefire, similar to the one in the House.

    I am passionate about this because…

    • I have family/friends in the region and…
    • I visited Palestine and witnessed firsthand how
    • My faith compels me to...

    While I am speaking as an individual…

    • I talked to my neighbors about this and we all agree that…
    • I’m a member of … and we all agree that…
    • Most U.S. voters agree that the U.S. should push for a ceasefire.
    • Thank you!

    Activism resources

    Jewish Voices for Peace

    https://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/resource/first-steps/ 

    American Friends Service Committee https://afsc.org/actionhour 

    Kinder USA 
    https://www.kinderusa.org/about-us/ 

    eSims for gaza 
    https://gazaesims.com/ 

    Where to Donate

    UNRWA - UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the near East

    https://donate.unrwa.org/-landing-page/en_EN 

    Doctors Without Borders - Palestine

    https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/where-we-work/palestine 

    Corporate Accountability

    Letters to Corporations - AFSC https://afsc.org/BoycottChevron 

     

    AFSC - How to Divest 
    https://investigate.afsc.org/divest 

    Scroll down to: Divestment from the Occupation Industry

    https://afsc.org/companies-2023-attack-gaza                    

    Local Palestinian Businesses

    Jerusalem Chicken 

    448 W. Slauson Avnue, Los Angeles 90043 


    tacos for palestine

    Instagram: lataco

    Ike’s Love and Sandwiches

    https://www.ikessandwich.com/

    3895 Overland Avenue, Culver City 990232

    460 North Pacific Highway, El Seundo 90245

    4731 Glencoe Avenue Unite B-9A, Marina Del Rey 90292

    Anwar Kitchen

    https://www.anwarskitchen.com/menus/#specials

    217 E 8th St Los Angeles, CA 90014


    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

    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.

    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY:
    "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



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  • Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 02:30 PM · 29 rsvps
    Islamic Cultural Center of Southern California

    Love For Palestine - Sunday, April 21st, 2:30 - 4:30 pm



    ICUJP LOVE FOR PALESTINE ACTION

    Grieve, But Don’t Despair; Take Action

    Sunday, April 21st, 2:30-4:30 pm
    ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTER OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
    434 S. Vermont Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90020

    RSVP AT BOTTOM OF PAGE

    O you who believe, be upright for God, and be bearers of witness with justice! Quran, 5:8

    Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.
    Isaiah 1:17

    Tzedek, tzedek tirdof / Justice, justice thou shalt pursue. Deuteronomy 16:20

     

    At Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, we understand that grief, sorrow, and words are not enough to make change. We are called to work towards dialogue and solutions that affirm the primary calling of our organization - Religious Communities MUST Stop Blessing War and Violence.

    Long before the tragic events of October 7th of last year, ICUJP has been shining a light on the Israel/Palestine conflict, and we are asking you to join us at LOVE FOR PALESTINE, a working event that endeavors to provide a compassionate community space for participants to channel their emotions re: the war in Israel/Palestine into constructive action and advocacy.

    You will be able to send messages and call the offices of elected officials, contribute to humanitarian organizations, and be involved in actions against businesses profiting from war.

    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.

    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.

    Please join us at the Islamic Center of Southern California on Sunday, April 21st, 2:30 - 4:30 pm.


  • Friday, April 19, 2024 at 07:30 AM · 3 rsvps

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    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    April 19th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    The Exacting First Amendment Requirements for Banning TikTok

    RSVP AT BOTTOM OF PAGE

    Event Description:

    There have been a handful of bills that single out TikTok for regulation. Brendan Gilligan of the Electronic Frontier Foundation will explain why EFF opposes these bills.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:

    Brendan Gilligan is a legal fellow on EFF's civil liberties team. He works on free speech, surveillance, & privacy issues. Before EFF, Gilligan graduated from Northwestern Law, and has a Bachelors from UC Irvine.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Electronic Frontier Foundation

    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: Steve Rohde
    Reflector: Maggie Hutchinson

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

    04.26.24 - Discussion on the new movie I am Gitmo
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    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 04/19/24
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

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    ICUJP LOVE FOR PALESTINE ACTION

    Grieve, But Don’t Despair; Take Action

    Sunday, April 21st, 2:30-4:30 pm
    ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTER OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
    434 S. Vermont Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90020

    RSVP HERE

    O you who believe, be upright for God, and be bearers of witness with justice! Quran, 5:8

    Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.
     Isaiah 1:17

    Tzedek, tzedek tirdof / Justice, justice thou shalt pursue. Deuteronomy 16:20

    At Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, we understand that grief, sorrow, and words are not enough to make change. We are called to work towards dialogue and solutions that affirm the primary calling of our organization - Religious Communities MUST Stop Blessing War and Violence.

    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 we are asking you to join us at LOVE FOR PALESTINE, a working event in partnership with the Muslim Public Affairs Council that endeavors to provide a compassionate community space for participants to channel their emotions re: the war in Israel/Palestine into constructive action and advocacy.



    You will be able to send messages and call the offices of elected officials, contribute to humanitarian organizations, and be involved in actions against businesses profiting from war.

    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.

    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.

    Please join us at the Islamic Center of Southern California on Sunday, April 21st, 2:30 - 4:30 pm.


    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

    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.

    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY:
    "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



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  • Friday, March 29, 2024 at 07:30 AM · 2 rsvps

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    March 29th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    The Silencing of Palestinian Voices

    RSVP AT BOTTOM OF PAGE

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), says it received 774 complaints between 7 October and 24 October – the largest wave of complaints it’s handled since Donald Trump announced his “Muslim ban” in 2015. This wave has targeted professional activists as well as ordinary people who have spoken in defense of Palestinians.

    It has reportedly escalated into death threats, assaults and visits from the FBI to Muslim individuals and mosques.

     Join the conversation with our speaker:



    HedabTarifi was born in Gaza, Palestine and lived in Kuwait until after the first Gulf War, when she moved to Los Angeles. Hedab has been active in the Muslim and Interfaith communities in Southern California since 1994, working on building bridges and bringing people together. She served on the board of several Muslim non-profit organizations, including the New Horizon School Los Angeles, Shura Council of Southern California, and Islamic Networks Group. She was elected to be the first Chairwoman of both the Muslim Public Affairs Council in 2007 and the Islamic Center of Southern California in 2016.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Islamic Center of Southern California  

    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: Steve Rohde
    Reflector: Carolfrances Likins

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 03/29/24
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    RSVP AT BOTTOM OF PAGE

    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

    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.

    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY:
    "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



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  • Friday, March 22, 2024 at 07:30 AM · 1 rsvp

    03.22.24friday_forum

    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    March 22nd, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    World BEYOND War: Working Locally and Globally for Peace and Environmental Justice

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    World BEYOND War works locally and globally, using education, nonviolent activism, and media to move the world away from wars, militarism, and violence, and toward peace. Through campaigns that envision and build a peace system by, for example, closing or converting military bases, divesting money from weapons, demilitarizing police, erecting billboards, restricting the arms trade, promoting unarmed civil resistance, ending wars, and shifting funding to human and environmental needs.

    How can we support each other in the work of peace and environmental justice?  WBW offers a network of support, join us on Friday to find out ways that we can work together cross-generationally on many important issues.

     Join the conversation with our speaker:

    MacGregor Eddy 
    serves on the steering committee of the CA chapter of World BEYOND War.   

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    CA chapter of World BEYOND War.  

    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: Dave Clennon
    Reflector: Rubi Omar

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 03/22/24
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

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    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

    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.

    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY:
    "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



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  • Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 06:00 PM

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    Please join us online

    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

    CLICK BELOW TO JOIN ZOOM:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81729474519

    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. **
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    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 
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81729474519

    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.

    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY:
    "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



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  • Friday, March 08, 2024 at 07:30 AM · 1 rsvp

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    March 8th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    All-Saints Pasadena Safe Haven Bridge to Housing Ministry

     

    Event Description:  When COVID-19 struck, the homeless shelters were required to reduce their population by 75%, displacing many unhoused persons onto the streets, with no place to sleep. In concert with All-Saints Pasadena's values of Radical Inclusion and Courageous Justice, they created the Safe Haven Bridge to Housing.

    In 2023, Pasadena passed an ordinance allowing the establishment of Safe Parking in the city. Late last year, All Saints Church was approached by Pasadena Housing Director Bill Huang to ask if All Saints would be willing to host an initial Safe Parking site in Pasadena.

    The program will provide Safe Parking services in the evening for unhoused people, and will be would be administered by Shower of Hope (https://theshowerofhope.org/), who administers sites in Los Angeles.

    Join the conversation with our speakers:



    Erica Tamblyn
     is the chair of the Safe Haven Bridge to Housing Program at All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena. Ms. Tamblyn is the retired Director of Administration of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP and held similar roles at other major international law firms where she managed offices throughout North America and Asia for over 40 years. She attended Georgetown University where she studied Japanese language and Eastern Religions.

    Erica is the chair of the Transformational Journeys Ministry leading local and international trips to learn about other cultures.



    Mike Kinman (he/him) is a follower of Jesus, spouse, parent, Episcopal priest, and the Tenth Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena.

    As the Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis (2009-2016) Mike had a particular interest in the Cathedral’s role in dismantling systemic misogyny and homophobia and promoting racial and economic reconciliation in St. Louis — and with Christ Church Cathedral was active in the new civil rights movement that was ignited in 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.

    He has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master’s of Divinity from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. Prior to his ministry at Christ Church Cathedral, he was the founding Executive Director of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation (EGR) – a nonprofit that gathered individuals, congregations and dioceses across the church to work across divisions to help eradicate global poverty, and was the founding campus missioner of Rockwell House, the Episcopal Campus Ministry at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    All-Saints Safe Haven Bridge to Housing

    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: Phil Way
    Reflector: Rick Banales

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 03/08/24
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

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    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:

    Jewish Anti-Zionists Queering the Fight for a Free 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

     

    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.

    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY:
    "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



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  • Friday, March 01, 2024 at 07:30 AM

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    March 1st, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    Drop LWOP Coalition and SB 94

    Event Description: SB 94, Judicial Review of Old Sentences, authored by Senator Cortese would allow judges to review some individuals serving life without parole for offenses committed before June 6, 1990, and who have served at least 25 years of their sentence. Members of the Drop LWOP Coalition will explain the importance of this bill in more detail and talk through ways ICUJP can help. 

    Join the conversation with our speakers:


    Elisa Baier is involved with DROP LWOP, a coalition working to end Life Without Parole sentencing in California.



    Joanne Scheer founded the Felony Murder Elimination Project 
    when her only child, Anthony, was convicted of first-degree murder under the felony murder rule and sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole under the felony murder special circumstances law. Even though Anthony did not harm, or intend to harm, anyone, he was sentenced to die in prison. Catalyzed by this horrific experience, she determined to stop this from happening to another child.

    Joanne's journey to repeal the law that so easily convicted Anthony, and thousands of others, of a murder he did not commit began with a meeting with her district legislators. In 2016, Felony Murder Elimination Project sponsored AB 2195, authored by Assembly member Susan Bonilla, Joanne’s district legislator. It was the first legislation to address the felony murder rule since 1999, Senator Tom Hayden’s SB 878. One year later in 2017, Felony Murder Elimination Project co-sponsored SCR 48 by Senator Nancy Skinner, and again SB 1437 in 2018, co-authored by Senators Nancy Skinner and Joel Anderson.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Drop LWOP Coalition

    Felony Murder Elimination Project

    Send out SB94 Actions to members, congregations, etc.

    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: Carolfrances Likins
    Reflector: Dave Clennon

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 03/01/24
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

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    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:

    Jewish Anti-Zionists Queering the Fight for a Free 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

     

    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.

    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY:
    "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



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  • Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 06:00 PM

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    February 23rd, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

     Friends of Sabeel: A Christian and Secular Voice for Palestine

    CLICK BELOW TO JOIN ZOOM:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81279546707
    Call in by phone: +1 669 900 6833* 

    Meeting ID: 812 7954 6707
    PASSCODE: 394830

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

    Only Justice rooted in compassion can save us from repeating the cycle of violence, from empowering one oppressed people only to make them oppressors of another people.

    — Rosemary Radford Ruether, Forward to Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation

    Event Description:
     Rev. Darrel Meyers of Friends of Sabeel North America will be speaking on the history of the organization as well as the work that Sabeel is doing on the ground in Gaza and Palestine.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Rev. Darrel Meyers 
    is a graduate of Pepperdine College and Princeton Theological Seminary, and an active Presbyterian church pastor and a member of campus ministry at three southern California campuses.

    He was founder, and chair of Middle East Fellowship of Southern California, and participated in the first Sabeel International Conference in East Jerusalem.

    Rev. Meyers was among the founders and former Board member of Friends of Sabeel North America, and is now current Board Member and Vice Chairman of AMEU, Americans for Middle East Understanding. 

    Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA) is an interdenominational Christian organization seeking justice and peace in the Holy Land through education, advocacy, and nonviolent action.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Friends of Sabeel North America

    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: Steve Rohde
    Reflector: Dr. Rubi Omar

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 02/23/24
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Option 1: Join video conference 
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81279546707

    Meeting ID: 812 7954 6707
    PASSCODE: 394830

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

    Meeting ID: 812 7954 6707
    PASSCODE: 394830

    *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.)

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    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

    Friend --

    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:

    Jewish Anti-Zionists Queering the Fight for a Free 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

     

    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.

    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY:
    "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



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  • Friday, February 16, 2024 at 07:30 AM · 1 rsvp

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    February 16th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    Jewish Anti-Zionists Queering the Fight for a Free Palestine

    CLICK BELOW TO RSVP

    Event Description: Nicole Morse (they/them) is a member of Jewish Voice for Peace South Florida and will speak about the role queer and trans anti-Zionist Jews are playing in the fight for a free Palestine in the face of unprecedented repression of pro-Palestinian voices.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Nicole Erin Morse is a scholar of queer and trans media production and a community organizer in South Florida with Jewish Voice for Peace and the Community Hotline for Incarcerated People. They recently resigned from a leadership position at Florida Atlantic University in the face of pressure to disavow anti-Zionism. They have recently published original research in Collateral and elsewhere, and their book Selfie Aesthetics: Seeing Trans Feminist Futures in Self-Representational Art is available through Duke University Press.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    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: Jasmine Hailey

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 02/16/24
    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.)

    -----

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    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.

    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY:
    "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



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  • Friday, February 09, 2024 at 07:30 AM · 2 rsvps

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    February 9th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


    IfNotNow: Reflections on Diverse Jewish Solidarity with Palestine and Organizing for #CeaseFireNow

    RSVP AT BOTTOM OF THE PAGE

    Event Description: 
    For 10 years, IfNotNow has been organizing within the Jewish community to realize a future for justice and peace for Palestinians and Israelis, focused on the dire need to end the Occupation and Israel's apartheid system. Since October 2023, the urgency and resonance of this work has never been clearer, as people across the world have been moved by the Jewish Left's presence and action in solidarity with Palestine and to demand a ceasefire, which right here in Southern California has included vigils, marches, civil disobedience actions, teach-ins, and so much more.

    We will reflect on this inspiring organizing and community building, and share how anyone can support this Jewish-led movement of solidarity, action and transformation with Palestinians. We will also explore IfNotNow's vision for uplifting the voices of Black, Indigenous, Jews of Color, Sephardi, and Mizrahi (BIJOCSM) leaders within the Jewish Left and the broader Jewish community, and INN's commitment to racial and economic justice within Southern California and all of the communities in which we live.

    Join the conversation with our speakers:


    Diedra Robinson is a Latine Jewish activist and Alabama native with over 20 years experience as an educator and trainer in public, private, and professional sectors. She has a passion for history, language, and ancestry, with a focus on the intersection of European colonialism and Mexican-Jewish identity.
     
    In her volunteer work with IfNotNow Los Angeles, she has helped facilitate a dedicated environment for Black, Indigenous, Jews of Color, Sephardi, and Mizrahi (BIJOCSM) individuals. In addition to diversifying traditionally-white spaces, she regularly speaks about antisemitism and Christian hegemony in both religious and secular arenas.


    Matthew Hom (he/him) is a Jewish labor, immigration, housing justice and racial justice organizer with Chinese and Ashkenazi roots, who aspires to help build diverse multiracial and interfaith coalitions for justice throughout Southern California. He pursues that work as the Faith-Rooted Organizer in Los Angeles and Santa Monica for CLUE (Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice).

    In his volunteer work with IfNotNow Los Angeles, he helps to lead the chapter's Partnerships Committee, so as to develop and strengthen IfNotNow's resilient relationships with partners in the Jewish, Palestinian, Arab and Muslim communities and throughout the broader movement ecosystem. Matthew also participates in the Black, Indigenous, Jews of Color, Sephardi, and Mizrahi (BIJOCSM) leadership team at IfNotNow, and is committed to pursuing racial justice within the Jewish Left and the broader Jewish community.



    IfNotNow is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, cross-class movement of American Jews organizing our community to end U.S. support for Israel's apartheid system and demand equality, justice, and a thriving future for all Palestinians and Israelis. We are fighting for a vision of Jewish liberation which recognizes that our safety is intertwined with the safety of all others. 

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Get Involved in your Local IfNotNow Chapter

    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: David Clennon
    Reflector: Anthony Manousos

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    ICUJP Friday Forum 02/09/24
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


    02.16.24 - Nicole Morse: Jewish Anti-Zionists Queering the Fight for a Free Palestine

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    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.

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  • Friday, February 02, 2024 at 07:30 AM · 3 rsvps

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    February 2nd, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    When teaching the truth about Israel and Palestine is challenged

    Event Description: Consultants and Leadership Team members The Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Institute are being brought to court (along with UTLA) because their curriculum includes discussion and analysis of the Israel/Palestinian conflict. Join us as we discuss this silencing of educators and how we can support unbiased public school curriculum.

    The Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Institute (LESMCC) believes that by centering the stories and histories of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), we are working to eradicate all forms of discrimination, including anti-Semitism. The inclusion of Arab American and Palestinian American communities teaches a critical understanding of the histories, lived experiences, and social struggles of these marginalized communities. 

    Join the conversation with our speakers:


    Guadalupe Cardona has been an Ethnic Studies, Social Studies and Theatre educator for 23 years. She is dedicated to developing critical curriculum and culturally relevant artivism to transform the world by fusing community cultural knowledge with a focus on autobiographical counter-narrative.

    Guadalupe is chair of the Association of Raza Educators (LA), co-founder of XOCHITL LA, member of Ethnic Studies Now Coalition, and founding member of the Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Coalition.



    Theresa Montaño, a grassroots community activist in the Chicanx community, was the co-chair of Southern California Latinos for Jackson. She was the coordinator for the JJ'88 campaign in East Los Angeles, etc. and helped secure the 25th Congressional District for Jesse Jackson. Currently, Theresa is a Professor of Chicano/a Studies with an emphasis in education at CSU-Northridge.

    Dr. Montaño has more than 40 years in public education, she taught for 15 years K12 schools before moving into higher education. Montaño is the former CTA Vice President and currently coordinates the public education work for the California Faculty Association (CFA, an SEIU affiliate), where she chairs the teacher education caucus. She has been recently appointed to a seat on the Los Angeles County Office Board of Education.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    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: Carolfrances Likins
    Reflector: Phil Way

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 02/04/24
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    *Meeting controls for call-in attendees:
    To mute/unmute yourself: *6
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    02.09.24 - If Not Now

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    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.

    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY:
    "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



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  • Friday, January 26, 2024 at 07:30 AM · 1 rsvp

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    January 26th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    Marjorie Cohn: South Africa Takes Israel to the World Court for Genocide in Gaza

    RSVP Below

    Event Description: Marjorie Cohn will analyze the arguments presented by South Africa and Israel before the International Court of Justice about Israel’s violations of the Genocide Convention.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Marjorie Cohn 
    is a retired criminal defense attorney, professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, and member of the advisory board of Assange Defense and the bureau of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. Marjorie is a legal and political analyst who writes a regular column for Truthout, does frequent media commentary, and has published several books. She is co-host of the nationally broadcast radio show “Law and Disorder”, and is also dean of the People's Academy of International Law.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Sign this petition to UN ambassadors and embassy staff in countries that are parties to the Genocide Convention, urging them to invoke the Genocide Convention at the World Court.

    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: Steve Rohde
    Reflector: Carolfrances Likins

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 01/26/24
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    02.02.24 - Guadalupe Cardona/Theresa Montaño UTLA

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    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.


    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY:
    "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



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  • Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 06:00 PM · 1 rsvp

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    January 19th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    John Parker: Detained while delivering aid to Gaza

    Event Description: John Parker was recently detained in Egypt when he met with the global conscience convoy to get humanitarian aid and journalists into Gaza via the Rafah Crossing.

    Mr. Parker was detained when he and several others held up a banner in front of the foreign ministry. After 30+ hours he and the others were ultimately deported. He will be sharing his experience and lessons learned with us on this important Friday Forum.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    John Parker 
    is a 2024 Socialist Unity Party and Peace and Freedom Party candidate for the U.S. Congress from California.

    Mr. Parker has been a union organizer, public school teacher, and member of the Black Alliance for Peace and the Coordinator of the Harriet Tubman Center for Social Justice.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    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! 

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 01/19/24
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    *Meeting controls for call-in attendees:
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    To raise hand: *9

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    01.26.24 - Marjorie Cohn

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    With added panelists Matt Sedillo, John Parker and Canek Huerta!

     



    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.

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  • Sunday, January 14, 2024 at 12:30 PM · 15 rsvps

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    JOIN US TO HELP CHART THE FUTURE OF ICUJP
    Sunday, January 14th, 12:30-3:30 pm Pacific  

    JOIN US LIVE OR ONLINE
    St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care
    1911 Zonal Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90033

    If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. -- African Proverb

    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.

    We invite you to join us (in person or online) at St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care on Sunday, January 14th, for a retreat where we plan on discussing the strengths, challenges, opportunities for growth, and the path forward for ICUJP.

    We're very grateful that Dick Bunce, former Chair of ICUJP and an experienced interfaith leader, will facilitate the Retreat.

    We'll begin with a Roundtable Discussion focusing on what about ICUJP first attracted you and continues to attract your involvement to help us consider ICUJP's accomplishments and strengths. Then we'll break into Small Groups to discuss areas of concern, weaknesses, threats, and elephants in the room. After a short break, the small groups will report back and we'll consider possible corrective actions and options for the way forward. Finally, everyone will have the opportunity to rank our preferences and offer closing reflections.

    The outcomes of the Retreat will be reviewed by the Board leading to the creation of a Plan for ICUJP's Future to be presented and discussed at an upcoming Friday Forum.

    Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

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    Please consider donating to ICUJP:

     

  • Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 06:00 PM

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    January 12th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

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

    Event Description:  How can we join communities around the world and support the call from Israeli and Palestinian communities to support full equality, justice, freedom, and peace to all people living in Palestine and Israel? Dov Baum of the American Friends Service Committee and of Israelis against Apartheid will present Investigate (www.investigate.info), new research about the companies making a fortune off the Gaza war, and a call for communities of faith to join the Apartheid-Free Communities network (www.apartheid-free.org).

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Dov Baum, Ph.D., is a the American Friends Service Committee’s Director of Corporate Accountability and Research. As an Israeli peace activist, she co-founded the Coalition of Women for Peace in 2000, Black Laundry – Queers against the Occupation in 2001, and Who Profits from the Occupation in 2006. She translated U.S. Feminist theory and poetry into Hebrew and edited the first anthology of feminist theory in Hebrew.

    She organized with Anarchists against the Wall, with Zochrot- Remembering the Nakba, with Boycott from Within, and with Israelis against Apartheid, and she taught as an adjunct professor in several universities in the U.S. and in Israel.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:


    This is the time for communities of faith, starting with local congregations, to show their support for a better future in Israel/ Palestine and join the growing network of Apartheid-Free communities. See more at Apartheid-Free Communities network 

    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: Phil Way
    Reflector: Steve Rohde

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 01/12/24
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    01.19.24 - John Parker

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    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.

    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DOCUMENTARY:
    "Honor Bound: Close Guantanamo Now"



    Join ICUJP in its annual Close Guantanamo NOW commemoration!

    Join us in-person:
    Thursday, January 11, 2024
    Downtown LA Federal Building,
    300 N. Los Angeles St.,
    Los Angeles 90012
    12:00 - 1:30 pm Pacific Time
    Free and open to all

    Please join ICUJP and allies in-person Thursday, January 11, 2024, to mark 22 years of existence of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and the human rights violations and torture it spawned.

    At its peak, the illegal detention center at Guantanamo Bay held some 800 men and boys of Muslim faith - most of whom were never charged with a crime. Today, 35 prisoners still languish there.

    After the Guantanamo Bay prison camp was opened, the Bush Administration commissioned the torture memos, a series of documents designed to retroactively provide a pseudo-legal justification for crimes against humanity. To date no one in the Bush administration has been called to account for writing and implementing these documents, and the mainstream media has seemed to forget about what those torture documents have meant to subsequent administrations and the liberties our military and elected officials have taken in illegal detention and torture.

    Let's send a message to President Biden:

    Close Guantanamo NOW and release all detainees!
    End torture NOW and prosecute the torturers and those who authorized them.

    Speakers:

    • Annie Ehler, Jewish Voice for Peace
    • Jim Lafferty, National Lawyers Guild LA
    • Mohammad Tajsar, ACLU of Southern California
    • Shaheen Nassar, CAIR
    • Shakeel Syed, South Asian Network
    • Lisa Hajjar, UC Santa Barbara
    • Vincent DeStefano, Assange Defense Network
    • Ysabel Gonzalez, Code Pink
    • Shane Que Hee, Out Against War
    • Mark Friedman, LA US Hands Off Cuba Committee

    Co-sponsors:                                            

                        




    National Religious Campaign Against Torture • St.Camillus Center for Spiritual Care •  Shane Que Hee • Amnesty International USA

    Endorsers:


     

    ACLU of Southern California •
    Addicted To War • Cafe Intifada • Center for Constitutional Rights • CloseGuantanamo.org
    Code Pink • Courage to Resist
    CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou • If the SHU Fits Collaborative • 90.7 KPFK • LA Laborfest
    LA US Hands Off Cuba Committee • North Carolina Stop Torture Now • No More Guantanamos • Out Against War • Pax Christi USA • Clive Stafford Smith, author of "Eight O'Clock Ferry to the Windward Side: Seeking Justice in Guantanamo Bay" • WE Empowerment Center • Witness Against Torture • World Can't Wait

    Please assist ICUJP in fulfilling its mission:
    Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence
     

     


    Join peace activist and writer Jon Krampner on KPFK's long-running program "The Lawyers Guild" Wednesday, Jan. 10th from 3:00-4:00 pm, hosted by Jim Lafferty and Maria Hall. He will be discussing the nationwide demonstrations to close Guantanamo Bay prison, including ours in front of the Downtown Los Angeles Federal Building on Jan. 11th.


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  • Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 12:00 PM · 1 rsvp

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    Close Guantanamo NOW!

    Join us in-person:
    Thursday, January 11, 2024
    Downtown LA Federal Building,
    300 N. Los Angeles St.,
    Los Angeles 90012
    12:00 - 1:30 pm Pacific Time
    Free and open to all

    Please join ICUJP and allies in-person Thursday, January 11, 2024, to mark 22 years of existence of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and the human rights violations and torture it spawned.

    At its peak, the illegal detention center at Guantanamo Bay held some 800 men and boys of Muslim faith - most of whom were never charged with a crime. Today, 35 prisoners still languish there.

    After the Guantanamo Bay prison camp was opened, the Bush Administration commissioned the torture memos, a series of documents designed to retroactively provide a pseudo-legal justification for crimes against humanity. To date no one in the Bush administration has been called to account for writing and implementing these documents, and the mainstream media has seemed to forget about what those torture documents have meant to subsequent administrations and the liberties our military and elected officials have taken in illegal detention and torture.

    Let's send a message to President Biden:

    Close Guantanamo NOW and release all detainees!
    End torture NOW and prosecute the torturers and those who authorized them.

    Speakers:

    • Annie Ehler, Jewish Voice for Peace
    • Jim Lafferty, National Lawyers Guild LA
    • Mohammad Tajsar, ACLU of Southern California
    • Shaheen Nassar, CAIR
    • Shakeel Syed, South Asian Network
    • Lisa Hajjar, UC Santa Barbara
    • Vincent DeStefano, Assange Defense Network
    • Ysabel Gonzalez, Code Pink
    • Shane Que Hee, Out Against War
    • Mark Friedman, LA US Hands Off Cuba Committee

    Co-sponsors:                                            

                        




    National Religious Campaign Against Torture • St.Camillus Center for Spiritual Care •  Shane Que Hee • Amnesty International USA

    Endorsers:


    ACLU of Southern California •
    Addicted To War • Cafe Intifada • Center for Constitutional Rights • CloseGuantanamo.org
    Code Pink • Courage to Resist
    CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou • If the SHU Fits Collaborative • 90.7 KPFK • LA Laborfest
    LA US Hands Off Cuba Committee • North Carolina Stop Torture Now • No More Guantanamos • Out Against War • Pax Christi USA • 
    Clive Stafford Smith, author of "Eight O'Clock Ferry to the Windward Side: Seeking Justice in Guantanamo Bay" • WE Empowerment Center • Witness Against Torture • World Can't Wait

    Please assist ICUJP in fulfilling its mission:
    Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence
     

     


    ICUJP has been featured on a few different media venues over the last few weeks - ICUJP Chairperson Steve Rohde was interviewed on KPFK's long-running program "The Lawyers Guild", hosted by Jim Lafferty and Maria Hall. The program also featured legal scholar and ICUJP supporter Marjorie Cohn.

    You can listen to the program here:




    Steve was also interviewed by Jason DeRose of NPR on the difficulty in making definitive statements about the Israel/Hamas tragedies that do not get misinterpreted by either side.

    He was interviewed along with Tahil Sharma, an interfaith minister with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, as well as Phoebe Milliken of Hartford International University, and you can listen to that segment here.

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    22nd Anniversary of ICUJP: 22 years of working for Justice and Peace

    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.  


    Please assist ICUJP in fulfilling its mission:
    Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence
     


  • Thursday, January 04, 2024 at 06:00 PM

    01.05.24friday_forum

    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    January 5th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    Ani Zonneveld: The Politics of Human Rights

    Event Description: Since the outbreak of war between Israel and Gaza, it has been disappointing to see the usual peace makers and human rights defenders retreat into silence or in some cases call for revenge. What is the meaning of "peace" and non-violence when we don't stand up to its principles at a time when it is most needed? What is the definition of genocide, and the complicity of Biden? 

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Ani Zonneveld, born in Malaysia, a Muslim since birth, is founder and President of Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), a Grammy-certified songwriter, and a founding member of Alliance of Inclusive Muslims. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Multi-Faith Advisory Council to the U.N. and is the co-chair of its Gender Working Group; and created an anti-hate speech curriculum for Muslim societies commissioned by the UN Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect.


    She oversees MPV’s signature program #ImamsForShe; gave her TEDx talk titled Islam: As American As Apple Pie, and is the subject of an award-winning documentary titled "al-imam" screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019. For a complete CV of Ani Zonneveld, please visit http://www.mpvusa.org/ani-zonneveld

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Website: Muslims for Progressive Values

    Consider having your congregations and organizations join ICUJP and many other groups in the Apartheid-Free Communities network to help create the conditions for peace with justice in Israel/Palestine:

    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: Carolfrances Likins
    Reflector: Jon Krampner

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 01/05/24
    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.)

    01.12.24 - Dov Baum - AFSC Corporate Accountability Project

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    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.


    Close Guantanamo NOW!

    Join us in-person:
    Thursday, January 11, 2024
    Downtown LA Federal Building,
    300 N. Los Angeles St.,
    Los Angeles 90012
    12:00 - 1:30 pm Pacific Time
    Free and open to all

    Please join ICUJP and allies in-person Thursday, January 11, 2024, to mark 22 years of existence of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and the human rights violations and torture it spawned.

    At its peak, the illegal detention center at Guantanamo Bay held some 800 men and boys of Muslim faith - most of whom were never charged with a crime. Today, 35 prisoners still languish there.

    After the Guantanamo Bay prison camp was opened, the Bush Administration commissioned the torture memos, a series of documents designed to retroactively provide a pseudo-legal justification for crimes against humanity. To date no one in the Bush administration has been called to account for writing and implementing these documents, and the mainstream media has seemed to forget about what those torture documents have meant to subsequent administrations and the liberties our military and elected officials have taken in illegal detention and torture.

    Let's send a message to President Biden:

    Close Guantanamo NOW and release all detainees!
    End torture NOW and prosecute the torturers and those who authorized them.

    Speakers:

    • Estee Chandler, Jewish Voice for Peace
    • Jim Lafferty, National Lawyers Guild LA
    • Mohammad Tajsar, ACLU of Southern California
    • Shaheen Nassar, CAIR
    • Shakeel Syed, South Asian Network
    • Lisa Hajjar, UC Santa Barbara
    • Ysabel Gonzalez, Code Pink
      and others to be announced!

    Co-sponsors:                 

                        

     




    National Religious Campaign Against Torture • St.Camillus Center for Spiritual Care •  Shane Que Hee • Amnesty International USA

    Endorsers:


    ACLU of Southern California •
    Addicted To War •  Center for Constitutional Rights • CloseGuantanamo.org
    Code Pink • Courage to Resist
    CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou • 90.7 KPFK
    North Carolina Stop Torture Now • No More Guantanamos • Out Against War • Pax Christi USA • Clive Stafford Smith, author of "Eight O'Clock Ferry to the Windward Side: Seeking Justice in Guantanamo Bay" 
    • Witness Against Torture • World Can't Wait

    Please assist ICUJP in fulfilling its mission:
    Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence

     


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  • Friday, December 29, 2023 at 07:30 AM · 2 rsvps

    12.29.23friday_forum

    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    December 29th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    Dr. Kamal Abu-Shamsieh: 
    Reflections on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

    Event Description: The October 7th attack on Israel ignited a war on Gaza that claimed the lives of over 25000 Palestinians, mostly women and children. In the meantime, Israeli soldiers repeatedly entered towns and refugee camps in the West Bank killing and arresting hundreds of Palestinians while Israeli settlers launched attacks on Palestinian farmers and the passerby. The talk will explore the root causes of violence in Palestine and offers a personal account of Palestinian life under occupation. Join us to learn more about what you can do to end the cycle of violence.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:

    Dr. Kamal Abu-Shamsieh is one of the founding members of ICUJP who currently an assistant professor of practical theology and director of the Interreligious Chaplaincy Program at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He was born in Ramallah, Palestine and lived for 27 years under Israeli military rule. During the first uprising of 1987, he assisted in the production of several documentary films, most notably Journey to the Occupied Lands, a Frontline PBS production.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Consider having your congregations and organizations join ICUJP and many other groups in the Apartheid-Free Communities network to help create the conditions for peace with justice in Israel/Palestine:

    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: Rose Leibowitz
    Reflector: Carolfrances Likins

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 12/29/23
    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.)

    01.05.24 - Ani Zonneveld

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    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.


    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

    - 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

    _________________________________________

    22nd Anniversary of ICUJP: 22 years of working for Justice and Peace

    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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    available for purchase online!

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  • Friday, December 22, 2023 at 06:00 PM · 12 rsvps

    ICUJP_Retreat2014

    Please join us in-person or online

    JOIN US TO HELP CHART THE FUTURE OF ICUJP
    Sunday, January 14th, 12:30-3:30 pm Pacific  

    JOIN US LIVE OR ONLINE
    St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care
    1911 Zonal Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90033


    RSVP BELOW

    If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. -- African Proverb

    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.

    We invite you to join us (in person or online) at St. Camillus Center for Spiritual Care on Sunday, January 14th, for a retreat where we plan on discussing the strengths, challenges, opportunities for growth, and the path forward for ICUJP.

    We're very grateful that Dick Bunce, former Chair of ICUJP and an experienced interfaith leader, will facilitate the Retreat.

    We'll begin with a Roundtable Discussion focusing on what about ICUJP first attracted you and continues to attract your involvement to help us consider ICUJP's accomplishments and strengths. Then we'll break into Small Groups to discuss areas of concern, weaknesses, threats, and elephants in the room. After a short break, the small groups will report back and we'll consider possible corrective actions and options for the way forward. Finally, everyone will have the opportunity to rank our preferences and offer closing reflections.

    The outcomes of the Retreat will be reviewed by the Board leading to the creation of a Plan for ICUJP's Future to be presented and discussed at an upcoming Friday Forum.

    Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

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    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:

     

     


    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

    - 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.  

     


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

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  • Friday, December 22, 2023 at 07:30 AM

    12.22.23friday_forum

    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    December 22nd, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific 
     

    Speaking Up for Peace with Justice In the Face of Trauma and Polarization

    Event Description: After a three week fact-finding trip to Palestine/Israel this summer, Steve Chase came back to the US feeling a responsibility to speak out about his experience and work with other to build a growing coalition for peace, justice, equality, and self-determination for all those living between the "Jordan River and the Mediterranean sea." In the aftermath of October 7's deadly war crimes committed by Hamas against civilians in southern Israel and the US/Israeli governments' massive war crimes against the 2.3 million Palestinians living in Gaza that still continue, he's had speaking engagements canceled and been shouted at by people who support knee jerk and counterproductive mass murder responses to the dangers represented by Hamas.

    Chase urges listening to people's pain and trauma, but not giving up our responsibility to speak up, spark rational dialogue and debate, and organize for a third way that has a chance to increase the safety, equality, and justice for everyone in Israel/Palestine. People of faith can contribute to this work by looking to the best ethical and strategic wisdom in their spiritual traditions.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Steve Chase
     is a Quaker activist, educator, and writer living in Washington, DC. He has been an editor at South End Press, the founding director of Antioch University’s graduate activist training program in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability, and the Manager of Academic Initiatives for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. A contributor to both the Minds of the Movement and Waging Nonviolence blogs, his most recent book is How Agent Provocateurs Harm Our Movements. He is a member of the Quaker Palestine Israel Network and has served as an interfaith ally of the D.C. chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace.

    The author of the pamphlet Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions? A Quaker Zionist Rethinks Palestinian Rights, Chase is currently working on a book entitled Seeking Justice in the Holy Land: The Evolution of Quaker Perspectives on Israel/Palestine. In June, he was part of a three week fact-finding delegation to Israel/Palestine sponsored by Friends United Meeting.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Consider having your congregations and organizations join ICUJP and many other groups in the Apartheid-Free Communities network to help create the conditions for peace with justice in Israel/Palestine:

    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: Dave Clennon
    Reflector: Rick Banales

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 12/22/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

    12.29.23 - Kamal Abu-Shamsei

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    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.


    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

    - 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

    _________________________________________

    22nd Anniversary of ICUJP: 22 years of working for Justice and Peace

    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.  

     


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

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  • Friday, December 15, 2023 at 07:30 AM · 1 rsvp

    12.15.23friday_forum

    Please join us online

    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.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    Start your morning with us!

    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

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    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:

     

     


    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

    - 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.  

     


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

    tshirt

     

     ICUJP CALENDAR

    FOLLOW US!

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  • Friday, December 08, 2023 at 07:30 AM · 1 rsvp

    12.08.23friday_forum

    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    December 8th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


    Palestine under the Zionist Scheme of Colonialism: Debilitation and Incremental Holocaust

    Event Description: Why have there been attempts but no actions that have resulted in stopping Israel’s genocide against Gaza? How is there so much support for Palestine around the world, but the extermination of the Palestinians continues? How does a comprehensive scheme of Zionist Israeli colonialism through debilitation look like?

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Born and raised in Gaza City, Palestine, Yasmin Snounu came to the United States as a Fulbright scholar and earned an MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and a PhD in Educational Studies-Urban Education, Both from Eastern Michigan University. Her main research interests are Critical Disability Studies and Colonialism, Gender, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion-GEDI, Critical Disability Studies, Decolonizing Methodologies, Indigenous and Democratic Education, and Poetry. Snounu has had articles published on the matrix of maiming in Palestine, disability and apartheid in Palestine, and reflections on decolonizing the western academia in relation to the Palestine question, in peer-reviewed academic journals. She has also had many poems and co-translations published in Catamaran Literacy Reader, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Scholar Works-Western Michigan University, Asymptote, Lost Horse Press, and other anthologies.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    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: Anthony Manousos
    Reflector: Steve Rohde

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 12/08/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

    12.15.23 - ICUJP Holiday Party!

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    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.


    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

    - 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

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    22nd Anniversary of ICUJP: 22 years of working for Justice and Peace

    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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  • Friday, December 01, 2023 at 07:30 AM · 1 rsvp

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    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    December 1st, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    The UN and the UNA: Who, What and Why?

    Event Description: A brief conversation sharing the purpose, mission, and importance of the United Nations in today's world. How the grassroots United Nations Association of the USA strives to advocate and educate our local communities about the work of the UN and the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:


    Barry Simon was born and raised in Portland, Oregon.  He attended the University of Oregon and graduated from Portland State University, majoring in business and psychology.  He has lived in San Francisco, Marin County, CA, Florence Italy, and currently resides in Santa Monica, CA  The events of the 60’s and 70’s (assassinations, war, poverty, etc.) led to his commitment to make a difference, to improve the quality of life for all people.  To that end, he began a career in financial services to assist others in living a fulfilled life, and achieving their financial goals. In addition, Barry created “Conversations for Peace” – a project giving people around the world an opportunity to express themselves, be heard, understood and appreciated.  Guests are invited to share “what would be possible in their community, in the nation, and in the world if people could all get along?”  “What would that be like?”  “What would that make available?”  (see www.conversatiosforpeace.com)

    To further his commitment to a world that works for everyone, Barry has been an active member of Rotary International, as well as being a 16 year member and past President of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), Southern California Region (see www.unausa.org or www.una-socal.org). Barry currently serves the UNA on the National Council assisting and supporting membership and leadership development of UNA members throughout the US.

    Barry also enjoys playing golf, riding his bike, talking politics, traveling, and personal growth and development seminars.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    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: Carolfrances Likins
    Reflector: Phil Way

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 12/01/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

    12.08.23 Friday Forum - Yasmin Snounu, Palestinian activist

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    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 has been featured on a few different media venues over the last few  weeks - ICUJP Chairperson Steve Rohde was interviewed on KPFK's long-running program "The Lawyers Guild", hosted by Jim Lafferty and Maria Hall. The program also featured legal scholar and ICUJP supporter Marjorie Cohn.

    You can listen to the program here:




    Steve was also interviewed by Jason DeRose of NPR on the difficulty in making definitive statements about the Israel/Hamas tragedies that do not get misinterpreted by either side.

    He was interviewed along with Tahil Sharma, an interfaith minister with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, as well as Phoebe Milliken of Hartford International University, and you can listen to that segment here.

    _________________________________________

    22nd Anniversary of ICUJP: 22 years of working for Justice and Peace

    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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    For inquiries about our other programs, please email [email protected]

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    To learn more about ICUJP, please visit our website.

     

  • Friday, November 17, 2023 at 07:30 AM · 2 rsvps

    11.17.23friday_forum

    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    November 17th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    How can we get creative in the Israel/Palestine conflict?

    Event Description: Understandably, activist responses to the new outbreak of Israel/Palestinian fighting is moralistic, preoccupied with "who's right and who's wrong." We'll take a deeper dive, trying to initiate a conversation about how adoption of nonviolent means of fighting it out might make a difference to the outcome. The point of the discussion will be to provoke creativity in the midst of a moralistic debate. One dimension of the speaker's thinking is featured on WagingNonviolence.org.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:

    Born into a white working class family in a small town in rural Pennsylvania, George Lakey was first arrested in the civil rights movement and risked arrest recently for climate justice as an 85-year old great-grandfather. He’s led social change projects on neighborhood, city, state, national, and international levels. He married a Norwegian woman, played cocktail piano in a hotel, taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Swarthmore College, co-parented a majority Black family, came out publicly as gay, and published ten books on how to make change. He led over 1500 social change workshops on five continents, for Buddhist monks, Russian LGBTQ activists, South African National Congress members, and Northern U.S. students bound for 1964 Mississippi Summer.

    A Quaker, he has been named Peace Educator of the Year and given the Paul Robeson Social Justice Award and the Martin Luther King Peace Award. His eleventh book, a memoir, is Dancing with History: A Life for Peace and Justice, from Seven Stories Press.

    “A civil rights legend” – The Guardian

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    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: Rose Leibowitz
    Reflector: Maggie Hutchison

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 11/17/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

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    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 has been featured on a few different media venues over the last few  weeks - ICUJP Chairperson Steve Rohde was interviewed on KPFK's long-running program "The Lawyers Guild", hosted by Jim Lafferty and Maria Hall. The program also featured legal scholar and ICUJP supporter Marjorie Cohn.

    You can listen to the program here:




    Steve was also interviewed by Jason DeRose of NPR on the difficulty in making definitive statements about the Israel/Hamas tragedies that do not get misinterpreted by either side.

    He was interviewed along with Tahil Sharma, an interfaith minister with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, as well as Phoebe Milliken of Hartford International University, and you can listen to that segment here.

    _________________________________________

    22nd Anniversary of ICUJP: 22 years of working for Justice and Peace

    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.  

     


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

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    FOLLOW US!

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    You are receiving this email because you are a part of the ICUJP Mailing List. You cannot reply to everyone through this email.

    If you wish to join the ICUJP discussion list, sign into Google Groups, search for ICUJP, and use the "Ask to join group" button.

    For inquiries about our other programs, please email [email protected]

    Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace
    To learn more about ICUJP, please visit our website.

     

  • Friday, November 10, 2023 at 07:30 AM

    11.10.23friday_forum

    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    November 10th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

     Palestine: Before and After - Sharing Personal Experiences in Gaza

    Event Description: We have all been effected by the conflict in Israel and Palestine, but it can mean even more to those of us who have visited the region, spoken to its people, and made connections.

    There’s something personal about experiencing the tragedy of Palestine by looking at a stunningly beautiful embroidered key fob, card holder, glasses case, and wallet and thinking of the women in Gaza who made them.

    Are they still alive?

    Join those who have been to the region and can describe the situation in realistic terms, and find out how you can bring attention to the conflict.

    Join the conversation with our speakers:



    Carolfrances Likins
     is an activist, retired teacher, writer, poet, and ICUJP board member. Active in a few Palestine solidarity organizations since the eighties, she has been twice to Palestine, once to the West Bank with the Palestinian-led nonviolent organization, the International Solidarity Movement, and once to Gaza after Cast Lead with Viva Palestina.

    For three years, in Palestine, Jeff Cooper taught Current World History to high school seniors. During this same period, he worked closely with Palestinian primary and secondary teachers throughout the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in the following ways: introducing the latest progressive pedagogical methods; developing successful writing programs for students across the curriculum; and developing new and innovative language arts and social studies textbooks.

    He also worked for 2 weeks (in 1994) as a consultant (under the auspices of UNESCO), with Somali primary school educators and a UNESCO consultant, in Mogadishu, Somalia to develop textbooks for grades 1-6 because all of the textbooks had been destroyed during the civil war in Somalia in the early 1990s.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    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: Rose Leibowitz

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 11/10/23
    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.)

    -----

    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 has been featured on a few different media venues over the last few  weeks - ICUJP Chairperson Steve Rohde was interviewed on KPFK's long-running program "The Lawyers Guild", hosted by Jim Lafferty and Maria Hall. The program also featured legal scholar and ICUJP supporter Marjorie Cohn.

    You can listen to the program here:




    Steve was also interviewed by Jason DeRose of NPR on the difficulty in making definitive statements about the Israel/Hamas tragedies that do not get misinterpreted by either side.

    He was interviewed along with Tahil Sharma, an interfaith minister with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, as well as Phoebe Milliken of Hartford International University, and you can listen to that segment here.

    _________________________________________

    22nd Anniversary of ICUJP: 22 years of working for Justice and Peace

    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 crisis 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.  

     


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

    tshirt

     

     ICUJP CALENDAR

    FOLLOW US!

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  • Friday, November 03, 2023 at 07:30 AM · 2 rsvps

    11.03.23friday_forum

    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    November 3rd, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

     The Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign: A Multifaith Approach to Countering Anti-Muslim Discrimination

    Join video conference here:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85795929427

    Call in by phone: +1 669 900 6833* 
    Meeting ID: 857 9592 9427
    PASSCODE: 800955

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

    Event Description: Participants will explore the importance of multifaith solidarity work, the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign's specific framework for practicing it, and discuss strategies and tactics for building a more pluralistic and inclusive nation where all people are treated respectfully, fairly, and with dignity.

    Shoulder to Shoulder is a national multifaith coalition that connects, equips, and mobilizes faith communities in the United States as strategic partners in countering, addressing, and preventing anti-Muslim hatred, discrimination, and violence.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Nina M. Fernando serves as Executive Director of the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign: Standing with American Muslims, Advancing American Ideals, a multifaith coalition of religious denominations and faith-based organizations committed to countering and preventing anti-Muslim discrimination and violence in the United States by building a society where all are treated with dignity and respect. She first joined the Shoulder to Shoulder team in 2017.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    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: Steve Rohde
    Reflector: Jasmine Hailey

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 11/03/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Option 1: Join video conference 
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85795929427

    Meeting ID: 857 9592 9427
    PASSCODE: 800955

    Option 2: Dial in by phone only:
    +1 669 900 6833 US (California)
    Meeting ID: 857 9592 9427
    PASSCODE: 800955

    *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 has been featured on a few different media venues over the last week - ICUJP Chairperson Steve Rohde was interviewed on KPFK's long-running program "The Lawyers Guild", hosted by Jim Lafferty and Maria Hall. The program also featured legal scholar and ICUJP supporter Marjorie Cohn.

    You can listen to the program here:




    Steve was also interviewed by Jason DeRose of NPR this past weekend on the difficulty in making definitive statements about the Israel/Hamas tragedies that do not get misinterpreted by either side.

    He was interviewed along with Tahil Sharma, an interfaith minister with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, as well as Phoebe Milliken of Hartford International University, and you can listen to that segment here.

    _________________________________________

    22nd Anniversary of ICUJP: 22 years of working for Justice and Peace

    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 crisis 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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  • Friday, October 27, 2023 at 07:30 AM · 1 rsvp

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    October 27th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    Building Housing on Faith Lands: How Congregations Can Take Action for Housing in CA 

    Brooke Wirtschafter, Director of Community Organizing at IKAR, a Jewish Spiritual Community will speak about IKAR's efforts to build affordable housing on their site and advocate for housing in Los Angeles and California.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Brooke Wirtschafter is Director of Community Organizing at IKAR, a Jewish spiritual community
    in Los Angeles. At IKAR, Brooke works with community members to build effective teams and
    cultivate leaders, to identify shared values and goals and work toward a better, more just, more
    humane city, county, and state, with partners from across Los Angeles. Brooke has been proud
    to support IKAR's work in coalitions advocating for immigrants' rights, justice system
    transformation, environmental justice, climate action, and housing. She helped IKAR lay the
    groundwork for building a permanent supportive housing development for formerly homeless
    seniors as part of its new building, with plans to break ground in 2024.

    In 2022, she led IKAR’s successful effort to draft and pass a state law (AB 2244) that reduced parking requirements for faith communities that choose to build affordable housing. Brooke also serves as a member of the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    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 and Reflector: Anthony Manousos

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 10/27/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

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    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.

    _________________________________________

    22nd Anniversary of ICUJP: 22 years of working for Justice and Peace

    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 crisis 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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  • Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 06:00 PM · 1 rsvp

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    October 20th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    Interspirituality: What it is and how it supports us in working for Peace and Justice

    Join video conference here:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85007238483

    Call in by phone: +1 669 900 6833* 
    Meeting ID: 850 0723 8483
    PASSCODE: 563334

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

    Richard Davenport will share his biblical and theological grounds for a spiritual life and practice that sustains one through the challenges of peace and justice work. How can we deal with opposition, roadblocks, division in our own ranks, emotional setbacks and injury, exhaustion, despair, lack of hope, tests of courage, and the capacity to see and appreciate progress?

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Chaplain, Lt. Col, Richard Davenport USAF (retired) represented the Church of Christ, Scientist (Christian Science) as a Protestant Chaplain across three continents for two decades. He attended both Andover-Newton Theological School and Boston University’s School of Theology, graduating with a Masters of Divinity degree from the latter. He later pursued doctoral studies in adult spirituality at San Francisco Theological Seminary. He retired early from the Air Force to be a college Dean of Students at his alma mater near St. Louis.

    After several years focusing on faith formation and community, he left the Dean’s work to launch a nationwide ministry to adults — which included publishing a series of contemporary Bible studies and holding marriage enrichment weekends, as well as on-line Bible and spiritual life programs and in-person conferences in 43 cities.

    In Orange County he is deeply involved with the Irvine United Congregational church (IUCC), where Richard leads prayers in worship and serves as a Stephen Minister. He has a remarkably rich interfaith background which he will share as he focuses on how interspirituality supports one in the pursuit of greater peace and justice.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    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: Rose Leibowitz
    Reflector: Dave Clennon

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 10/20/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Option 1: Join video conference 
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85007238483

    Meeting ID: 850 0723 8483
    PASSCODE: 563334

    Option 2: Dial in by phone only:
    +1 669 900 6833 US (California)
    Meeting ID: 850 0723 8483
    PASSCODE: 563334

    *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.)

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    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.

    Oct. 27th Forum: Brooke Wirtschafter - IKAR
    _________________________________________

    22nd Anniversary of ICUJP: 22 years of working for Justice and Peace

    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 crisis 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.  

     


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

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    If you wish to join the ICUJP discussion list, sign into Google Groups, search for ICUJP, and use the "Ask to join group" button.

    For inquiries about our other programs, please email [email protected]

    Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace
    To learn more about ICUJP, please visit our website.
  • Friday, October 13, 2023 at 07:30 AM · 1 rsvp

    10.13.23friday_forum

    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    October 13th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    Israel and Palestine: Yes, there IS a Path to Peace 

    It is hard at this time to see a way to peace in many parts of our world, especially now in the Middle East. But how did we come to this place in time, and how can we forge a path to compassion and understanding?

    Join us as we take a serious look at the root causes of the ongoing violence in the Middle East, and do the work of healing our world one person at a time.

    Join the conversation with our speakers:



    Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb
     is a professor of media studies at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). She is the recipient of the 2020 CSUSB Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activities Award and was one of the 2019-20 Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Faculty Mentor Awardees. She has an M.A. in Journalism and a Ph.D. in Digital Communication from the University of Memphis, Tennessee. Her research interests include digital communication, digital resistance & decolonization, social justice and diasporic communities. Dr. Muhtaseb is also the co-director and producer of the film 1948: Creation and Catastrophe.



    Estee Chandler is a longtime film and media professional who now focuses her work on human rights. In 2010 she founded the Los Angeles chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), a now proudly serves on the JVP and JVP Action boards of directors. Along with Nagwa Ibrahim she is a Host/Producer of KPFK’s long running radio show Middle East in Focus.



    Benjamin Kersten is a member-leader with Jewish Voice for Peace at UCLA. He is a graduate student in the UCLA Department of Art History and the Graduate Student Fellow at the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies. He also works as a youth educator.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    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: Dave Clennon
    Reflector: Rubi Omar

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 10/13/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

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    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.

    Oct. 20th Forum: Dr. Richard Davenport - Interspirituality
    _________________________________________

    22nd Anniversary of ICUJP: 22 years of working for Justice and Peace

    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 crisis 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.  

     


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

    tshirt
  • Friday, October 06, 2023 at 07:30 AM

    10.06.23friday_forum

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    October 6th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific
      

     PEN America: Banned in the U.S.A

    The freedom to read is under assault in the United States—particularly in public schools—curtailing students’ freedom to explore words, ideas, and books. PEN America, a leader in free expression work in the U.S. and abroad, records 3,362 instances of book bans from the 2022–23 school year. Join the organization, represented by PEN America Los Angeles Director Allison Lee, in conversation about further research into book bans, as well as discussing what the bans mean for the future of free expression and diversity.

    Join the conversation with our speakers:



    Allison Lee serves as PEN America’s Los Angeles Director. Prior to working at PEN, Allison was the Chief Development Officer for TIME’S UP, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting gender equity and ending sexual violence in the workplace. She has previously served as Vice President of External Affairs at Bet Tzedek Legal Services, where she worked to increase their annual revenue and helped to launch their Rapid Response Family Immigration Project and Transgender Advocacy Program. Prior to that, Allison served for eight years as the founding Executive Director of American Jewish World Service – Southern California.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    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!

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 10/06/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

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    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.
    _________________________________________

    22nd Anniversary of ICUJP: 22 years of working for Justice and Peace

    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 crisis 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.  

     


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

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  • Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 06:00 PM

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    September 29th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

    The Struggle For Unity in Diversity: The Culture War In the United Methodist Church 

    One-fifth of United Methodist congregations in the United States have received permission to leave the denomination over disagreements over same-sex marriage and gay preachers. Those churches have left over concerns that the UMC has grown too liberal on key cultural issues. This is part of a larger schism within other mainline Protestant denominations that has caused the largest rift in denominations in the U.S. since the 1840's and the question of slavery.

    Join the conversation with our speakers:


    John Lurvey is the Director of Elder Ministry at Wesley United Methodist Church of San Diego, and President of the Disciplined Order of Christ Western Region



    Greg Estep is the Chair of the Trustees of Wesley United Methodist Church of San Diego, and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church of San Diego since 2003.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    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!

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

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    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.

    Oct. 6th Forum: Allison Lee, PEN America: Banned Books Week
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    22nd Anniversary of ICUJP: 22 years of working for Justice and Peace

    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 crisis 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.  

     


    ICUJP t-shirts and accessories now
    available for purchase online!

    tshirt
  • Friday, September 22, 2023 at 07:30 AM

    09.22.23friday_forum

    Please join us online

    ICUJP Friday Forum
    September 22nd, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  
    The Military Religious Freedom Foundation: 
    Founded December 15, 2005
    Validated January 6, 2021

    Join video conference here:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84766721624
    Call in by phone: +1 669 900 6833*
    Meeting ID: 847 6672 1624
    PASSCODE: 928775
    *Meeting controls for call-in attendees:
    To mute/unmute yourself: *6
    To raise hand: *9

    MRFF’s Founder and President Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein will be speaking on MRFF’s battle, since it’s founding in 2005, against the alarming trend of Christian Nationalism and aggressive proselytization, whose fundamentalist Christian militancy is ingrained with a virulent hostility to the core democratic rights afforded to all U.S. military service members.

    Mikey will also elaborate on the GOP's Turner Amendment to the 2024 National Defense Authorization Act to shut MRFF down:

    GOP CONGRESS SHOCKING DISGRACE!!! HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE PASSES AMENDMENT TO MAKE IT ILLEGAL TO COMMUNICATE WITH MRFF!!!

    In an almost inconceivable action, a Christian nationalist GOP congressman, Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio, has introduced legislation to shut MRFF down — to make it ILLEGAL for Department of Defense personnel to even communicate with MRFF!

    Turner’s legislation comes in the form of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2024 — an amendment that was PASSED in the GOP-led House Armed Services Committee’s markup of the NDAA.

    If this amendment remains in the final bill, it will become LAW, specifically it will become part of Title 10 of the U.S. Code, also known as the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). This means that if a military commander even responds to an email from MRFF, or makes any decision as a result of being contacted by MRFF, that commander can be charged with violating the UCMJ and potentially face a court-martial!

    Join the conversation with our speaker:


    The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) is dedicated to ensuring that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantee of religious freedom to which they and all Americans are entitled by virtue of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

    Just over 85,000 active duty, veteran, and civilian personnel of the United States Armed Forces, including individuals involved in High School JROTC around the nation, have come to our foundation for redress and assistance in resolving or alerting the public to their civil rights grievances, with hundreds more contacting MRFF each day. 95% of them are Christians themselves.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

      The Military Religious Freedom Foundation
    Send action letter: 
    This form submits a letter to Congress on your behalf, which
    will be sent to your U.S. Representative in the House and your
    U.S. Senators urging removal of Christian Nationalist Rep. Turner's
    blatantly unconstitutional NDAA amendment and, additionally,
    sends a copy to the entire Senate Armed Services Committee.

    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!

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 09/22/23
    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.)

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    22nd Anniversary of ICUJP: 22 years of working for Justice and Peace

    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 crisis 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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    Sept. 29th Forum: John Lurvey
    The United Methodist Church Divison

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  • Friday, September 15, 2023 at 07:30 AM

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    September 15th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


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

    How can we support youth to become sustainable peace leaders? What do they need to know, be, and do in order to make direct positive impacts on issues of peace and security? How can we improve collaboration, innovation, and impact in peacebuilding education and action efforts?

    These questions and more will be explored in this presentation.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Phill Gittins, 
    PhD, is World BEYOND War’s Education Director. Phill has over 20 years of leadership, programming, and analysis experience in the areas of peace, education, youth and community development, and psychotherapy. He has lived, worked, and travelled in over 55 countries across 6 continents; taught in schools, colleges, and universities around the world; and trained thousands on peace and social change-related issues. 

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

      Attend World BEYOND War's virtual #NoWar2023 Conference Sept 22nd-24th:

    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: Chris Ponnet

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 09/15/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

    Option 1: Join video conference 
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81103169564

    Meeting ID: 811 0316 9564
    PASSCODE: 666383

    Option 2: Dial in by phone only:
    +1 669 900 6833 US (California)
    Meeting ID: 811 0316 9564
    PASSCODE: 666383

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    _________________________________________

    22nd Anniversary of ICUJP: 22 years of working for Justice and Peace

    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 crisis 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.  

    DONATE HERE!

     


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    Sept. 22nd Forum: Mikey Weinstein
    - Military Religious Freedom Foundation

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  • Sunday, September 10, 2023 at 01:00 PM · 16 rsvps
    All-Saints Church, Pasadena

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    SAVE THE DATE!

     Pursuing Justice and Peace
    ICUJP 2023 George F. Regas Courageous Peacemaker Awards

    Housing Is A Human Right

    GeorgeRegas

    Sunday, September 10, 2023 • 1:00-3:00 pm, All-Saints Church, Pasadena 

    132 N Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

    Only days after the devastating 9/11 attacks, the late Rev. George F. Regas brought together Christians, Jews, Muslims, Quakers, humanists and people of many faiths and beliefs to found Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace. Acutely aware that this dire moment posed a grave threat to peace and justice, George knew instinctively that peacemakers needed to create a place to gather, organize, pray, and act together united by the fundamental principle that Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence.

    Since its founding, ICUJP has remained true to George's vision. Meeting at over 1,000 Friday Forums, ICUJP has heard from speakers from all over the world; organized mass demonstrations, vigils, and acts of civil disobedience; presented numbers conferences and webinars; held an annual Close Guantanamo rally; sent many delegations to meet with elected officials; issued a variety of statements, petitions and policy papers on a wide range of international and domestic issues; provided scholarships to deserving peace activists; supported the work of our allies in the cause of peace and racial and economic justice; and provided a loving, safe, and compassionate home for anyone committed to the struggle to replace war with peace and oppression with justice.

    We're delighted to recognize the following remarkable individuals as 2023 George F. Regas Courageous Peacemakers:

    Watch for the announcement of additional special guests!

    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. The annual George F. Regas Courageous Peacemaker Awards event is our primary fundraising activity of the year. We are eager to sustain - and expand - our work. We are committed to doing that with your generous help.

    Please become a co-sponsor of Pursuing Justice and Peace. The benefits included at each level of sponsorship are shown below. Please purchase a package and submit a Tribute Ad honoring the life and legacy of Rev. George Regas, or the inspiring work of the extraordinary individuals we are honoring, or the over 20 years of important work done by ICUJP, or all of these in the largest Tribute Ad you can afford.

                            Donate Here!
    Instructions to donate:
    1. Visit ICUJP's donation page and input your donation amount next to "Regas Event". Follow the instructions to complete your donation. 
    OR

    2. For checks, please mail to the address below. Please write "Regas Awards 2023” in the “memo” or “for” line of the check. 

    ICUJP
    c/o Rod Sprott, Church-Biz
    1125 N Fairfax Ave #46836
    Los Angeles, CA 90046 

    Sponsorship Benefits

    $1,000

    $500

    $250

    $100

    $50

               

    Ad in online tribute book will rotate on screen before and after event which will be posted online indefinitely 

    Full page

    Half page

    Quarter page

    Name and logo

    Name in list

               

    Name and logo in all event materials

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    Individual sponsor tickets to help underwrite our expenses are $25, $50, $70, and $100 apiece. To spread our vision of peace and justice, the live streamed online event will be free to anyone around the world and will be posted indefinitely on our website.
    Please let us know of your interest in becoming a sponsor by emailing [email protected]. Thanks very much for your generous support. We look forward to your co-sponsorship.

    Thanks for everything you do in pursuit of justice and peace.
    On behalf of ICUJP's Board of Directors,
    Stephen Rohde
    Chair

     

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at 06:00 PM

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    September 1st, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


    We’re not in Kansas Any More Toto!! But Where Are We? The Southern Baptist Schism

    The history and functioning of Southern Baptists is somewhat unique among American Protestantism. Southern Baptists are not a denomination in the strict sense of the word, but surely act as one. This loose confederation of similar minded churches had, until recently, covered a wide spectrum theologically, from far left to far right. The middle ground was the common mission of sharing the Gospel. Since Moral Majority’s dawn, the tent continues to shrink, marked this year by ejecting any church from the tent who had the audacity to ordain women as clergy. It is a much smaller tent. Craig Loscalzo will address this shrinking in light of ICUJP's focus that Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence, and place under that rubric, any form of morally questionable action that would limit the embrace of human dignity and human right.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Craig Loscalzo, Ph.D.
      was the senior pastor of Immanuel Church, Lexington, Kentucky, where he served for fifteen years. He came to this pastorate after eight years of teaching ministry at The Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has served numerous churches and institutions throughout the country as pastor, visitation minister, and interim pastor.

    Currently, as the Spiritual Care Partner for Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, he connects with people who may be going through tough times, meeting them where they’re at in their spiritual journey. The goal of the Spiritual Care is to provide nondenominational support for people with significant change in their lives.

    Craig and his wife Aunchalee have lived in Lexington, Kentucky since 1996. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    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: Phil Way
    Reflector: Jasmine Hailey

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 09/01/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    _____________________________________________

    SAVE THE DATE!

     Pursuing Justice and Peace
    ICUJP 2023 Rev. George F. Regas Courageous Peacemaker Awards - 

    Housing Is A Human Right 

    GeorgeRegas

    Sunday, September 10, 2023 • 1:00-3:00 pm, All-Saints Church, Pasadena 

    132 N Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101 

    RSVP/Donate Here: https://www.icujp.org/09_10_23regas_awards


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    Sept. 8th Forum: Barbara Motz - Affordable Housing

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  • Thursday, August 24, 2023 at 06:00 PM

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    August 25h, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


    Larry Barragan: Union Labor Built The American Dream

    Larry Barrigan of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Labor Coalition will be speaking on various issues confronting Labor in Los Angeles in 2023, as well as the annual Labor Day Parade, with the theme “ Union Labor Built The American Dream”.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Larry Barragan is a longtime member and supporter of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Labor Coalition,  In 2016, he was appointed Chairman of the Coalition.

    The mission of Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Labor Coalition is to promote union solidarity and is responsible for producing one of the nation’s largest Labor Day Parades; an annual tradition in Los Angeles, CA for 44 years where thousands of union members, labor unions and the community at large enjoy celebrating “Labor Day.”

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    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: Carolfrances Likins
    Reflector: Steve Rohde

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

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

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    _____________________________________________

    SAVE THE DATE!

     Pursuing Justice and Peace
    ICUJP 2023 Rev. George F. Regas Courageous Peacemaker Awards - 

    Housing Is A Human Right 

    GeorgeRegas

    Sunday, September 10, 2023 • 1:00-3:00 pm, All-Saints Church, Pasadena 

    132 N Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101 

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  • Friday, August 18, 2023 at 07:30 AM

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    August 18th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


    Insurgent Beatitudes: The History of a Cultural Center

    Peter Maravelis, event director at City Lights, will offer a brief meditation upon the history of the celebrated bookstore and publishing house, now in its 70th year.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:

    Peter Maravelis 
    is the event director at City Lights Booksellers and Publishers where he has been producing the event calendar for the last 30 years. He is also the editor of the celebrated crime fiction anthology SAN FRANCISCO NOIR.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    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: Rose Leibowitz
    Reflector: Rubi Omar

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 08/18/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    08/25 Friday Forum - Labor Day 
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    SAVE THE DATE!

     Pursuing Justice and Peace
    ICUJP 2023 Rev. George F. Regas Courageous Peacemaker Awards - 

    Housing Is A Human Right 

    GeorgeRegas

    Sunday, September 10, 2023 • 1:00-3:00 pm, All-Saints Church, Pasadena 

    132 N Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101 


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  • Tuesday, August 08, 2023 at 12:14 PM

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    August 11th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


    YOU'VE GOT TO BE CAREFULLY TAUGHT: How American History Has Been Distorted to Conceal White Supremacy

    Event Description

    Stephen Rohde, Chair of ICUJP, a retired civil rights lawyer, and contributor to several publications, draws on his recent reviews of four important books, THE NATION THAT NEVER WASTEACHING WHITE SUPREMACY, RACE AND THE MAKING OF AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE, and WHEN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION WAS WHITE, to explore how the institution of American education trained its teachers and taught its students to believe slavery was good for the enslaved, that Reconstruction was a disaster, that African Americans were innately inferior and that the destiny of the United States was to be ruled by the descendants of White Europeans.

    Americans are fond of telling themselves (and teaching future generations) a comforting and reassuring story that we are the heirs of the visionary Founders, when in fact we are the heirs of the brave men and women who defeated the Confederacy and brought about the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation, Reconstruction, and the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments. It is that New Birth of Freedom, not a founding based on enslavement and exclusion, that we should be celebrating and using to help build a more just and equal society.

    Yet, today Republicans in Congress and several state legislatures across the country are actively seeking to turn back the clock by passing new laws to erase history and reimpose a white supremacist narrative in American education and by banning certain books and curriculums because they offer a thorough account of the ongoing struggle throughout American history to overcome racism, sexism, homophobia and bigotry.

    In preparation for this special Friday Forum, here are links to Mr. Rohde's reviews of these four books:

    TEACHING WHITE SUPREMACY and RACE AND THE MAKING OF AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE 

    WHEN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION WAS WHITE 

    THE NATION THAT NEVER WAS 

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Stephen Rohde 
    is a lecturer, writer, political activist, and retired constitutional lawyer. In addition to his role as a founder and Chair of ICUJP, he is a past Chair of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, past Chair and board member of Death Penalty Focus, and Chair Emeritus of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. Steve authored the books American Words of Freedom and Freedom of Assembly and is co-author of Foundations of Freedom, published by the Constitutional Rights Foundation.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    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: Steve Rohde
    Reflector: Phil Way

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 08/11/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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

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    August 18th Forum: Peter Maravelis, City Lights Bookstore/Publishing

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    SAVE THE DATE!

     Pursuing Justice and Peace
    ICUJP 2023 George F. Regas Courageous Peacemaker Awards

    GeorgeRegas

    Sunday, September 10, 2023 • 1:00-3:00 pm, All-Saints Church, Pasadena 

    132 N Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101 

    We're delighted to recognize the following remarkable individuals as 2023 George F. Regas Courageous Peacemakers:

    Watch for the announcement of additional special guests!


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  • Wednesday, August 02, 2023 at 06:00 PM · 1 rsvp

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    August 4th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


    Apartheid-Free Communities:
    An Interfaith Effort to Resist Racism and End Support for Israeli Apartheid.

    Event Description: Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Yesh Din, and B’Tselem have all named the collection of systems and laws that the Israeli government uses to rule Palestinians inside Israel and Palestine as apartheid. Sonia Tuma, Associate General Secretary for Global Cohesion at the American Friends Service Committee, will speak about the Apartheid-Free Communities campaign, which came together in 2022 as an interdenominational coalition of faith groups in North America following the emerging consensus among the international human rights community that Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian people amounts to the Crime of Apartheid.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Sonia Tuma 
    is the Associate General Secretary for Global Cohesion at the American Friends Service Committee. In that role she leads the organization in threading together AFSC’s global work on peace and justice in 18 countries toward greater collective impact.  Sonia’s career includes community organizing, the development and delivery of educational programming, advocacy work on local and national levels and at the UN. Sonia has an academic background in International Relations, with special focus on political economy and the interplay between nationalism and feminist movements. 

    In addition to work with the AFSC, she has been a researcher, educator, organizer, and activist. Sonia is a trained mediator and facilitator who has worked with community groups and nonprofit organizations to develop shared visions and creative, strategic programming toward social change. 

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    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: Dave Clennon
    Reflector: Anthony Manousos

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 08/04/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    08.11.23 program: Phill Gittens - World Beyond War
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    Since 2001, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace has been advocating for a more peaceful and inclusive world, often in the face of constant war, violence, disinformation and cynicism. With a small part-time staff and lots of volunteers, your donations help us meet our budget and expand our reach.

    So far this year alone we have presented a series of exceptional Friday Forums exploring:

    We know that you are asked to support a wide array of worthy organizations.  All we ask is that you include ICUJP among them with as generous a contribution as you can afford. 

    We are especially grateful to whose who can make a sustaining monthly donation of $5, $10, $25, $50, or $100. If you're able to give an annual contribution of $250, $500, or $1,000, it would allow us to mount more events and conferences throughout the year.  If you belong to a congregation or organization, please explore whether they can make a donation or grant.  


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  • Friday, July 28, 2023 at 07:30 AM

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    July 28th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


    Building on Faith: The Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Initiative

    Event Description: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) brings people of all backgrounds together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1990, we have built, rehabilitated, or repaired over 1,200 houses in neighborhoods all across greater Los Angeles.

    Shelter is a basic human need, and Habitat for Humanity strives to achieve its goal of eliminating substandard housing by making decent, sustainable, and affordable housing a reality for all. Partnerships within the faith community continue to play a critical role in moving Habitat LA’s mission forward.

    We look forward to the opportunity to share the latest Habitat LA Happenings, discuss ways faith communities can be involved, and answer questions.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:



    Chris Untiet 
    grew up in Iowa, receiving his Master of Arts Degree in political science and history from Iowa State University in 2008. He has since served as Habitat LA’s faith relations director, connecting over 100 diverse congregations and community groups of various traditions from across greater Los Angeles with Habitat’s mission to put God’s love into action to build homes, communities, and hope. He has also traveled to China, El Salvador, Paraguay, Malawi, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, and Vietnam to build homes with Habitat for Humanity.

    He enjoys traveling, running, watching movies, politics, and reading in his spare time.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    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: Rose Leibowitz
    Reflector: Carolfrances Likins

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 07/28/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    08.04.23 program: Sonia Tuma: AFSC Apartheid-Free Campaign
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    PLEASE SUPPORT ICUJP'S FERVENT CALL THAT RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES MUST STOP BLESSING WAR AND VIOLENCE BY MAKING A GENEROUS DONATION

    Since 2001, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace has been advocating for a more peaceful and inclusive world, often in the face of constant war, violence, disinformation and cynicism. With a small part-time staff and lots of volunteers, your donations help us meet our budget and expand our reach.

    So far this year alone we have presented a series of exceptional Friday Forums exploring:

    We know that you are asked to support a wide array of worthy organizations.  All we ask is that you include ICUJP among them with as generous a contribution as you can afford. 

    We are especially grateful to whose who can make a sustaining monthly donation of $5, $10, $25, $50, or $100. If you're able to give an annual contribution of $250, $500, or $1,000, it would allow us to mount more events and conferences throughout the year.  If you belong to a congregation or organization, please explore whether they can make a donation or grant.  


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  • Thursday, July 20, 2023 at 06:00 PM

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    July 21st, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


    Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare

    Event Description

    In October 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee called on Hollywood figures to testify about allegations of Communist propaganda in American films. Although the committee never found evidence of this, the film industry responded by becoming the first mass employer to adopt a blacklist against employees whose political beliefs ran counter to prevailing ideals.

    Making its West Coast debut at the Skirball Cultural Center with newly added artifacts, Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare, on view through September 3, shines a spotlight on the proceedings, investigations, motives, and choices of those caught in the crosshairs—including the many Jewish creatives and executives who suffered under and enforced the blacklist.

    The result is an emotionally complex and compelling exhibition that demonstrates how the politics of Hollywood can shape the entire country.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:

    Cate Thurston is the coordinating curator of Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    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: Rubi Omar
    Reflector: Chris Ponnet

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 07/21/23
    Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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    07.28.23 program: The Face of Interfaith Chaplaincy 
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    PLEASE SUPPORT ICUJP'S FERVENT CALL THAT RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES MUST STOP BLESSING WAR AND VIOLENCE BY MAKING A GENEROUS DONATION

    Since 2001, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace has been advocating for a more peaceful and inclusive world, often in the face of constant war, violence, disinformation and cynicism. With a small part-time staff and lots of volunteers, your donations help us meet our budget and expand our reach.

    So far this year alone we have presented a series of exceptional Friday Forums exploring:

    We know that you are asked to support a wide array of worthy organizations.  All we ask is that you include ICUJP among them with as generous a contribution as you can afford. 

    We are especially grateful to whose who can make a sustaining monthly donation of $5, $10, $25, $50, or $100. If you're able to give an annual contribution of $250, $500, or $1,000, it would allow us to mount more events and conferences throughout the year.  If you belong to a congregation or organization, please explore whether they can make a donation or grant.  


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  • Friday, July 14, 2023 at 07:30 AM · 3 rsvps

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    ICUJP Friday Forum
    July 14th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


    The Parliament of the World’s Religions: A Call to Conscience

    Event Description

    We will hear from Nitin Ajmera, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Parliament of World Religions about the upcoming Parliament Convening in Chicago this coming August, and how we can augment the Parliament's message of inclusion, understanding and peace.

    The Parliament of the World’s Religions cultivates harmony among the world’s spiritual traditions and fosters their engagement with guiding institutions in order to achieve a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world.

    Join the conversation with our speaker:

    Mr. Nitin Ajmera is Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Parliament of World Religions (PoWR). He played a leading role in organizing a virtual convention in October 2021 that delivered more than 500 programs and having luminary speakers from around the world. Prior to that he was treasurer of PoWR.

    Mr. Ajmera belongs to the Jain faith. Since 2008 he has held more than a dozen positions including President of Jain Center of America in New York. 

    Mr. Nitin Ajmera lives with his wife Shefali who is also an MBA, in Plainview, Long Island NY. They have one son, who is a rising Senior at University of Chicago and a Bharatnatyam dancer.

    Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

    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: Carolfrances Likins
    Reflector: Steve Rohde

    ** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **
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    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 07/14/23

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

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    07.21.23 program: Cate Thurston/Skirball - Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare
    _____________________________________________

    PLEASE SUPPORT ICUJP'S FERVENT CALL THAT RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES MUST STOP BLESSING WAR AND VIOLENCE BY MAKING A GENEROUS DONATION

    Since 2001, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace has been advocating for a more peaceful and inclusive world, often in the face of constant war, violence, disinformation and cynicism. With a small part-time staff and lots of volunteers, your donations help us meet our budget and expand our reach.

    So far this year alone we have presented a series of exceptional Friday Forums exploring:

    We know that you are asked to support a wide array of worthy organizations.  All we ask is that you include ICUJP among them with as generous a contribution as you can afford. 

    We are especially grateful to whose who can make a sustaining monthly donation of $5, $10, $25, $50, or $100. If you're able to give an annual contribution of $250, $500, or $1,000, it would allow us to mount more events and conferences throughout the year.  If you belong to a congregation or organization, please explore whether they can make a donation or grant.  


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  • Friday, July 07, 2023 at 07:30 AM

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    July 7th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  


    Clergy Standing Up For Our LGBTQ Community

    Event Description

    There has been a concerted effort on the part of the far-right in this country to find the next enemy, the next imagined villain to gather around their followers for the