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Resources and Reflections for Justice Leaders

ICJS is committed to helping communities and leaders gain the skills, resources, and relationships they need to thrive in our interreligious world. This page offers reflections and opportunities for justice leaders in Baltimore and beyond.

September 14, 2021

Baltimore Youth Experiencing Dignity Through First Jobs

I came to Baltimore for my first job, as the first full-time employee at Dent Education, a youth-centered social enterprise empowering Baltimore youth to be social innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs. There are many ICJS Justice Leaders Fellowship (JLF) concepts that have evolved my understanding of economic justice through a religious lens and informed how I show up in my role at Dent.
September 10, 2021

Articulating Useful Visions for Justice

Investments must not harm the environment and people must not profit off unlawful or immoral practices. Nor should people profit from others’ debts. In this economic ecosystem, wealth serves people, rather than the other way around. Here in Baltimore, where economic injustice goes hand in hand with racism, this economic vision is particularly valuable.
September 2, 2021
Young creative international group of people having business meeting in office

Building Community, One Conversation at a Time

One thing was certain: The unwavering commitment to a more just society by these leaders in capacity-building, lending, entrepreneurship, immigration, education, housing, and policy. The deep analysis and explanations of traditions reminded me of the best parts of faith–our common humanity, regardless of how we identify. I was drawn to the powerful symbolism...
September 2, 2021

Moving Forward For All

Justice Leader Fellow Marvin Mitchell reflects on key takeaways from the Fellowship.
September 2, 2021

I am Because We Are

One thing was certain: The unwavering commitment to a more just society by these leaders in capacity-building, lending, entrepreneurship, immigration, education, housing, and policy. The deep analysis and explanations of traditions reminded me of the best parts of faith–our common humanity, regardless of how we identify. I was drawn to the powerful symbolism...
September 2, 2021

Better Together

One thing was certain: The unwavering commitment to a more just society by these leaders in capacity-building, lending, entrepreneurship, immigration, education, housing, and policy. The deep analysis and explanations of traditions reminded me of the best parts of faith–our common humanity, regardless of how we identify. I was drawn to the powerful symbolism...
August 25, 2021
Dice form the words "humility" and "humanity".

I Still Have Questions

One thing was certain: The unwavering commitment to a more just society by these leaders in capacity-building, lending, entrepreneurship, immigration, education, housing, and policy. The deep analysis and explanations of traditions reminded me of the best parts of faith–our common humanity, regardless of how we identify. I was drawn to the powerful symbolism...
August 23, 2021

Embracing Economies of Justice

I am very privileged that I have always had enough–in fact, much, much more than enough. I come from an upper-middle-class family and although I often feel that I am just getting by on my personal income, I have a strong safety net in my parents, should the need arise. And although I am frustrated with the Christian congregation in which I grew up for not seriously challenging why we have such economic disparity in our country, I am grateful that they at least exposed me to the existence of disparity.
July 23, 2021
Marvin Mitchell talking

Seeing Scriptural Similarities in the Real World

Justice Leader Fellow Marvin Mitchell reflects on key takeaways from the Fellowship.
July 12, 2021
Conceptual business illustration with the words empowerment

Love Requires Economic Means to Make One Whole

If the directive is to “Love yourself and your community and take care of strangers, both visiting and residing,” it seems that restorative justice would be the order of the day to ensure that all people could actively contribute to the spiritual well-being of the nation. Once they are made whole, there will be no reason for America to hold prejudice, I promise.
July 11, 2021

Faithful Economic Justice

Justice Leader Fellow Darriel Harris reflects on key takeaways from the Fellowship.
July 8, 2021

Gaining a Greater Understanding

Justice Leader Fellow Sterling McKinley reflects on key takeaways from the Fellowship.