Twenty-two members of the newly constituted Anti-Racism Task Force focused on learning at the first meeting of the task force following the Issues Convention. We learned the importance and value of deep listening and how it can connect us to each other. We learned about ISAAC’s 2-year cycle of listening, issue identification, training, research, partnering, […]
The new Gun Violence Task Force met on Tuesday, November 26. Twelve members were present with a few unable to attend this first meeting. Subsequent meetings will be held each 4th Tuesday from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 29 at St. Luke’s. The members present spent some time […]
With six new members on the Housing Task Force since the Issues Convention, we have become an even more impressive gathering of expertise—with leadership positions at Open Doors, CARES, The Ark, Kalamazoo County Public Housing Commission, the Center for Transformation, and the City Commission, as well as partners who come when needed from Housing Resources Inc, […]
The last weekend in October, ISAAC, El Concilio, and TRHT (Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation) co-sponsored Kalamazoo’s Black & Brown Unity and Healing and TRutH Talks events, for a powerful weekend of shared history, synergies, healing, truth telling, sharing of our stories and future brainstorming. We want to extend a special thank you to our […]
Sometimes when doing the work of justice, we may feel alone or like the problems we are working on are too big to impact change! During this time when we are experiencing and witnessing anger, barriers, fear, uncertainty, isolation, oppression, disparity, segregation, trauma, hatred, exhaustion, bigotry, mourning, silencing, loss of hope and violence, May We […]
Elder King opened the Issues Convention by asking us to take “selfies” with our neighbors! You can see how much fun the crowd had with building the Beloved Community this way! Click on any of these wonderful photos to enlarge them. Huge thanks to our talented photographers Rick Johnson and Amy Peterson!
Over two hundred gathered on Tuesday night, October 29, and chose Anti-Racism and Gun Violence as ISAAC’s focus for the next two years, along with Affordable Housing and Group Violence Intervention. Everyone present was invited to “vote with their feet,” whether or not they were from one of the 31 ISAAC member congregations and organizations. They heard facts on […]