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Anti-Poverty Task Force News

We would like to send a special thank you to our awesome guest speakers at our January meeting: Kym Hollars, Navigator Coordinator with Goodwill Industries and Kevin Ford, Shared Prosperity Coordinator with the City of Kalamazoo. A huge thank you and welcome to our awesome new Co-Chair, Nicholas Baxter. This month we will be viewing […]

ISAAC’s Very Own… Al Dixon’s next book has been published!

After years of writing and re-writing, I finally got my book published! It is titled “Gus.” The story of a young boy pulled away from the life he enjoyed in Chicago to a place he knew nothing about. He also meets the grandfather he has never seen, and an immediate conflict starts. Feeling like all […]

Rev. Nathan Dannison Chosen for Foundation for Excellence Board

Congratulations to Rev. Nathan Dannison!  We are very pleased and proud to have you chosen for the Foundation for Excellence board. Rev. Dannison is the Senior Minister at First Congregational Church, which is a founding member of ISAAC, and he was previously an ISAAC community organizer who worked with Rachael Tanner and Jomil Wells on creating ISAAC’s original Beloved Community initiative. See […]

“Resilience” Showings – Feb. 15 & 21

[su_vimeo url=”″] You’ve heard about it.  Now come see it. RESILIENCE: THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS & THE SCIENCE OF HOPE chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators, policy makers, and communities who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to […]

Thankful for our friends!

John 15:12-14 – This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. (NKJV) In a world where the word “friend” is thrown around so loosely, […]

Build the Beloved Community With Us. It’s not too late to give!

This past year has brought fear and concern of the unknown, as well as divisiveness as a nation. We at ISAAC proclaim we will not shrink in fear nor shut our eyes to injustice; but we will continue to stand firmly and to work tirelessly together to ensure social justice for all in our community. […]

MLK Community Celebration – Sun, Jan 14

You are invited to: What is your position in times of challenge and controversy? Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration …given by the Northside Ministerial Alliance with Guest Preacher Pastor Jonathan Tremaine Thomas from Destiny Church, St. Louis, MO. Sunday, January 14, 4:00 pm at Mt. Zion Baptist Church 120 Roberson St. at North Burdick, Kalamazoo […]

Day of Racial Healing – Tue, Jan. 16

You are invited to participate in the National Day of Racial Healing, a part of the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation initiative led by the Kellogg Foundation with community partners that include ISAAC. Download “1.16.18  – What is the National Day of Racial Healing?” for all the Kalamazoo events. Please note that you need to […]

Gulnar Husain in God’s Grace

إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ. (To the Lord we belong and to the Lord we will return) It is with utmost sadness that I must share that my dear mother passed away early this morning (New Years Day) after a very long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  She was at peace at home with […]

Rabbi Matt Zerwekh Chosen for Foundation for Excellence Board

Congratulations to ISAAC Family member Rabbi Matt Zerwekh, Rabbi of Temple B’nai Israel and member of the ISAAC Executive Committee, for being recommended as the faith sector representative on the inaugural board of the Foundation of Excellence.  He is one of ten people chosen, out of 150 applicants, to represent specific issues, causes and neighborhoods. […]

Beloved Community Walk/Run!

There won’t be an ISAAC Banquet this year, BUT stay tuned for more information! Coming in June of 2018 will be the ISAAC Beloved Community Walk/Run: Moving Towards Justice. The Beloved Community is an inclusive, democratic reality that while not devoid of conflict, is free of violence. It is a place in which our deepest values of abundance, equity, […]

Join the Anti-Racism, Housing or Poverty Task Force!

Would you like to be part of the ISAAC process of listening to people with expertise and discerning new ways to create an equitable community?  You’re invited to join one of our new task forces: Anti-Racism– 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8 pm, at St. Luke’s (but will attend National Day of Racial Healing event on January 16) […]