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President’s Message

James 1:19 – Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving]; (Amplified Bible) Thoughtful Listeners: A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of the volunteers who participated in […]

Executive Director’s Message

There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens… Ecclesiastes 3 A time to pray A time to talk A time to work together A time to rally A time to march… And NOW more than ever it is TIME TO GIVE to the organizations who are in the trenches doing the work […]

Youth Violence Prevention Task Force News

GROUP VIOLENCE INTEVENTION Hallelujah!  “Group Violence Intervention” began in Kalamazoo this summer!  Our Youth Violence Prevention Task Force has worked for over five years for this day! “Group Violence Intervention” strategy is an innovative one that brings community members together with our law enforcement and community leaders to give a powerful message that the violence must stop […]

Early Childhood & Education Task Force News

SUPPORTING SELF-REGULATION FOR KIDS WITH TRAUMA Thanks to all participants for the successful “Make It and Give It Away” event last month with our volunteers and YWCA partners. Together we made sensory resources – ocean-in-a-bottle, weighted lap pillows, jars with essential oils, hand fidgets made of hair ties, and de-stress balloon balls.  These items for students […]

Anti-Racism Task Force News

ISSUES CONVENTION Coming October 26 is the ISAAC Issues Convention, and at our August meeting, the Anti-Racism Task Force leaped into preparations. ARTF member Deacon Karen McDonald shared copies of the first draft of an issues convention skit. It will show why anti-racism work ought again be an ISAAC issues focus for the coming two […]

Health Equity Workshop

This one-day training on October 6 is designed to help health professionals and community members alike, to develop the common language necessary to explore how discrimination and social identities impact health outcomes. It will address how racism, sexism, able-ism, and other oppressions lead to negative health outcomes, and how discrimination enters the body to damage […]

“Be SMART for Kids” Gun Safety Workshop

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church sent this out about the “Be SMART for Kids” workshop.  This is the workshop that ISAAC and Second Baptist Church hosted last winter.  It is available for you to host for your members too. We all want kids to be safe. We want to be safe too. When it comes to […]