Celebrating the JFM Community
It’s hard to believe that 20 years ago we began our work inspiring people like you to change the world. What began as a seed now stands at 65,000 program graduates strong. These graduates have gone out in their communities and changed them for the better by working for equity and justice.  

On our 20th Anniversary, we want to celebrate YOU – and all the work you have done for peace and justice. To that end, we have a line up of special events that will give you a chance to hear how JustFaith grads are working for justice in their communities, as well as learn about tools for seeking justice in yours.    

We hope you can join us this September to make the celebration even better.  Help us ignite our NEW goal of having 5,000 new graduates by the end of next year – and our even BIGGER goal of having 20,000 new graduates by the end of 2025! It’s an exciting time to be working towards peace and justice, and we invite you to help us grow a community of love and action. Donate today!

To learn more and register for our anniversary celebration events, see below:

Praying the JustJourney
September 2nd at 7 p.m. Eastern Time

The ancient ones knew the power of strong community prayer. In psalm and story, the ancient Israelites told and retold accounts of God’s extraordinary care under even the most extreme trials and tribulations. And their prayer resounded with utter confidence that God’s very power was unleashed in the telling.

The twenty-year heritage of JustFaith Ministries warrants a prayer experience that captures this same essence. In psalm, story, and poetry, Tricia Hoyt will lead us in a prayer that captures the aching paradox of joyous thanksgiving for God’s abundant blessings in the midst of continued yearning for a world transformed, healed, and renewed. And let God’s very power be unleashed in the telling.

Tricia Hoyt is a justice educator, writer, biblical scholar and retreat director. She recently retired after 30 years serving in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.

Register today for this event.

Meeting in the Field: Exploring a Nonviolent Communication Framework
September 9th at 7 p.m. Eastern Time

We live in a context in which messages of shame, blame, judgment, criticism, and punishment are all around us. Us vs. Them. Right vs. Wrong. Good vs. Bad. This isn’t the only framework available to us. Sufi mystic Rumi wrote in a poem “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” What if we practiced meeting in that field? What if we experimented with ways of thinking beyond the binaries? Nonviolent communication gives us a path to the field of connection. In this webinar Cory Lockhart will accompany you on that path.

Cory is a teacher, artist, public speaker, and peacemaker. She facilitates classes, workshops, and conversations using a Nonviolent Communication framework. She wrote the JustFaith Ministries program Cultivating Nonviolence, Harvesting Peace and created the CrossRoads Ministry program Seeking the Shalom of the City: Revisiting and Re-visioning Louisville. She is keenly interested in co-creating a world with less shame, blame, and harm and more justice, peace, and love. Learn more through her website: corylockhart.com.

Register today for this event.

Framing a Road Map to End Hunger
September 16th at 7 p.m. Eastern Time

Come hear from Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith, Senior Associate for Pan African and Orthodox Faith Engagement at Bread for the World, as she outlines a road map to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world by 2030. She will explore four categories that will make this goal possible including: 1.) Food Systems: From food safety and food security to dietary quality and nutrition, food systems are essential to protecting health. 2) Sustainability/Climate Change and Climate Justice: Sustaining the health of our planet is essential to its continued flourishing. Each year, the effects of climate change push tens of millions of people into hunger. 3) Economic Justice: Sustained economic growth is vital to ending hunger, but this growth must be equitable and benefit everyone. Economic policies must ensure that all people have the opportunity for a dignified life. 4) Racial and Gender Equity: To end hunger, we must address the disparities and inequities that are built into the social fabric of every country. African American, Latino/a and Indigenous communities face higher hunger and poverty rates.

Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith is the Senior Associate for Pan-African and Orthodox Church Engagement. She is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, Walker-Smith is a graduate of Kent State University. She earned her master’s degree from Yale University Divinity School in 1983, and went on to become the first African-American woman to graduate from the doctor of ministry program at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Register today for this event.

JustFaith Ministries Celebration Event
September 23rd at 7 p.m. Eastern Time

Come celebrate with the entire JustFaith community, and hear stories of the work graduates are doing in the communities around them. We will award the winner of the Mary and Gary Becker Social Justice Award, and hear an exciting announcement from Susie Tierney, Executive Director of JustFaith Ministries, and a message from Jack Jezreel, Founder of JustFaith Ministries. You won’t want to miss this final event!

Register today for the Celebration Event on September 23rd at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.