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.

June 29, 2020
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Individual Truths, Shared Values

Achieving water justice is both a hard truth and a more abstract metaphorical truth for our collective work in Baltimore. Within those hard truths, we engage in and understand the work differently. Each approach is valid, and each approach validates our own lived truths, while seeking justice for everyone.
June 19, 2020
Kylie Patterson

Commitment to Justice

Justice Leader Fellow Kylie Patterson reflects on the commitment to justice found across religious texts, the value of understanding context and learning in community, and the implications for this current moment.
June 17, 2020

Seeking God’s Truth Through Clouded Waters

In this unique time of relative isolation, yet still inundated with the all too-familiar refrains of the calls to stand up, be present, be heard, I am struggling....Perhaps this reflection, this confession, really, will lift my haze, break down my walls, and reawaken the refrain of my childhood—tzedek, tzedek, tirdof (justice, justice, shall you pursue).
June 9, 2020
flooding river in desert environment flowing into lush tree with rainbow overhead

What We Are Made Of

As I write this, it is raining – a late spring lightning shower over Baltimore. I am remembering desert rains and the rainbows that follow the floods: We will be better, we promised. With our use of water and everything we put in it, we have the power to harness and create a life-affirming society. Let us remember what we are made of.
June 9, 2020

Pursuing Justice

In this unique time of relative isolation, yet still inundated with the all too-familiar refrains of the calls to stand up, be present, be heard, I am struggling....Perhaps this reflection, this confession, really, will lift my haze, break down my walls, and reawaken the refrain of my childhood—tzedek, tzedek, tirdof (justice, justice, shall you pursue).
June 8, 2020
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Our Collective Responsibility to Seek Justice

The consistent message of the interconnectedness of religion, water, and justice encourages religious beings to collaborate in the pursuit of justice. In the context of today’s society, it points to the importance of interfaith organizing and dialogue.
May 12, 2020
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Water Justice in the Christian Tradition(s)

On Thursday, April 23, ICJS Justice Leaders Fellows convened for their monthly meeting, this time via Zoom. After much-needed check-ins (with COVID-19-related adjustments necessitating the cancellation of the March meeting), […]
April 1, 2019

Tear Down Walls, Build Bridges

The following is a guest post by Salman Zaman, Development Coordinator at Islamic Relief USA and 2018 Imagining Justice in Baltimore Fellow. Learn more about the Imagining Justice in Baltimore […]
March 25, 2019

Do Say Something

The following is a guest post by Shalimar Douglass, Owner of Uplift and 2018 Imagining Justice in Baltimore Fellow. Learn more about the Imagining Justice in Baltimore series. “O, believers! […]
March 11, 2019

Sending the Best

The following is a guest post by Muhammad Najeeullah, Coordinator of Open Works Mobile, Founder of FullBlast STEAM, and 2018 Imagining Justice in Baltimore Fellow. Learn more about the Imagining […]
March 5, 2019

Muslim and Navigating the Holidays

The following is a guest post by Siddeeqah Sharif Fichman, Social Justice Advocate at NLife, and 2018 Imagining Justice in Baltimore Fellow. Learn more about the Imagining Justice in Baltimore […]
March 4, 2019

Finding Common Faith

The following is a guest post by Josh Sherman, an associate at Repair the World: Baltimore at Jewish Volunteer Connection and 2018 Imagining Justice in Baltimore Fellow. Learn more about the Imagining […]