Kids4Peace Growing and Leading the Way!

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2018 was a good year of growth for Kids4Peace: Cincinnati. We added a fifth day to the day camp this year, and had the largest group yet.  Three of our kids , who have been with us since, 2016 attended the International Camp in North Carolina, where they had the opportunity to be with kids from Jerusalem and Palestine. They had a wonderful time, and  looking forward to meet with their international friends at another camp in 2019. Other returning campers are interested in also attending the International Camps.  As the kids mature, additional, exciting  camps will be available to them.

Our returning kids have now formed a Kids4Peace Youth Leadership Program.  The group meets  on the first  Sunday afternoon of the month, at Wise Temple in Amberly, from 2:00-3:30 PM. During their time together they continue to develop skills learned in camp, and begin to work directly in planning and developing their K4P events. All interested youth are invited to join.  It is not necessary to first attend the Day Camp, and all children are welcome.. The leadership program offers another opportunity to participate.  Watch our facebook page for other events that will be available to all, 

Our  mission is to work to stop acts of violence and hate within the local community.  Respond to and promote change in deviseive and hateful behavior.  This was demonstrated last weekend, when in the aftermath of the tragedy in Pittsburg,   several members of our Kids4Peace family, adults and youth,  joined our local Jewish Community at Shabbat services in the local synagogues.  The experience was uplifting for all involved.

Let us continue to stand with  our neighbors, and build a more peaceful  home for all of our citizens.

SAVE THE DATE!!!! 

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Kids4Peace Interfaith Day Camp will be held from July 29 2019- August 2, 2019.  Summer is over, but there are plenty of plans being made for events  to enjoy during the school year, as well as, new plans for the annul Day Camp. Watch for additional information.  

If you are interested, and have any questions regarding any of these programs, please contact Adam Hayden, our Program Director at  Cincinnati@K4p.com, and check our Facebook page "Kids4Peace Cincinnati."   Join the fun, and have a real impact on our community.

Our goal is to have 50 peace makers joining our efforts in 2019.

Let's see you there!

Mt Healthy Alliance - Check them Out

Mt Healthy Alliance - Check them Out!

The Mt. Healthy Alliance was established in 2007 as a 501(c)3 organiz-ation by churches in the Mt. Healthy community. Clergy had been discuss- ing their efforts in addressing the needs of people in that area. They felt that perhaps these needs could be better addressed through a cooperative effort.

Representatives from eight congregations signed the founding documents: Church of the Assumption, Highview Christian, Mt. Healthy United Methodist, St. Stephen Episcopal, Trinity Lutheran, Word Faith Harvest Fellowship, Inspirational Baptist, and Mt. Healthy Christian Church. Since then other area churches have joined as members or affili- ates. The Alliance supports the Food Pantry and the Zone 231 program for area youth. It is funded by area churches, organizations, and individuals; it also receives funding through a number of grant programs.

Alliance Wishlist:

*Laptop computers - we would like the opportunity to offer online assistance to the children in our afterschool program when they are with us, and we would like to open our doors during the week to those in need of a computer to use.
*Personal Care items for the Pantry - toothpaste, tooth brushes, shampoo, soap, adult diapers, etc.

*Volunteers!

January Fundraisers for

Mt. Healthy Alliance

1) Sweet Heart Café, 9894 Colerain Avenue, the 3rd week of the month mention Mt. Healthy Alliance and a percentage of your purchase will benefit the Alliance.

2) Amazon Smile, Do you shop on Amazon.com? Did you know you can link your Amazon Smile account to benefit The Alliance as your Charity of Choice? This wonderful opportunity allows your amazon.compurchases to give a percentage of your purchase to The Alliance as a fundraiser. Every little bit helps us with our mission so please consider adding us as your Charity of Choice with your Amazon Smile account.

3) Kroger, Do you shop on Kroger? Did you know you can link your Kroger customer card to benefit The Alliance as your Charity of Choice? This wonderful opportunity allows your Kroger purchases to give a percentage of your purchase to The Alliance as a fundraiser. Please consider adding The Alliance as your Charity of Choice at Kroger.

Check out all of these fundraising events and FREE COMMUNITY MEALS on the newly updated SPECIAL EVENTS PAGE on our website: SPECIAL EVENTS

Zone 231 is Calling YOU!

Zone 231 is our wonderful after school program serving youth in grades 2-6 in the 45231 community. Lead by our wonderful Mr. B and Ms. Karen, we are looking for volunteers to help our youth with tutoring, and enrichment experiences from 2:30p-6:30p Monday through Friday. If you or someone you know may be interested in working with amazing leaders and great youth, please contact Mr. B at 513-417-7639.

MHA Pantry Announcements

The Alliance pantry is currently looking for donations of personal care items, such as: toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, etc. We also are currently recruiting volunteers for the hours we open to the community. Our hours are of operation are:

Monday - 11am-1pm

Tuesday - 5pm-7pm

Thursday - 9am-12pm

Saturday - 9am-12pm

If you have donations or are interested in volunteering, please contact our Pantry Director Kathy Lorenz at 513-551-8036

Mary in the Abrahamic Religions

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The WINC’s, or Women’s Interfaith Network of Northern Cincinnati Suburbs group, hosted “Mary in the Abrahamic Faiths” on October 8th. This talented and friendship seeking group of women have been meeting for several years sharing their faith stories, religious practices, visiting each others places of worship, participating in prayer services, celebrating cultural events and working together for those in need. As they are able to share their faiths, they discovered a common woman of strength, courage and deep faith in God. Her name is Mary or Miriam from the Abrahamic Religions. The scriptures each tell a different story, but the same truths are prevalent. The stories of Mary and Miriam in each of the Hebrew, Christian, Muslim, and Baha’i sacred scriptures describe woman with a passionate heart, always putting God first in her life even when it meant she could be expelled from her own community. Some faiths describe her as a great prophet, others a beautiful creature of God, others describe her as the Mother to us all. This woman of ancient times seeks truth and justice. Her strength is unbreakable to the cultural norms or to the persecution of her people. Her heart is honest and compassionate. She knows the poor and the oppressed. She desires freedom and equality. She magnify’s God’s greatness to the world to through her words and actions. Mary and Miriam exemplify a truth, the reality of God’s grace.

Insights from Interfaith Youth Core on Violence at the Tree of Life Synagogue

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A Message from IFYC 

On Saturday morning, a hate-filled gunman entered the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA and killed eleven people as they celebrated Shabbat. Many others were gravely wounded, including four police officers. Since then, this act of anti-Semitic terrorism has been described as the worst attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history. 

Elsewhere in America this weekend, two African-Americans were killed merely for the color of their skin after a failed church shooting in Kentucky, and a Florida man sat in custody accused of sending at least thirty-one bombs to people with whom he disagreed politically. 

IFYC extends our deepest sympathy to those people and communities devastated by these recent acts. We stand with them in solidarity and in grief. 

Terrorism, racism, and anti-Semitism are outrageous. Yet they persist today in 2018. What is to be done? Who will do it? 

To those who want to do something: this is a time for interfaith leaders to act. 

  • Interfaith leaders see the other side, defending The Other and standing up to ensure their safety and right to thrive. 

  • Interfaith leaders work to educate others about the inspiring aspects of different faiths and worldviews. 

  • Interfaith leaders convene those in their communities, finding shared values and common concerns as a basis for working together. 

  • Interfaith leaders build and strengthen relationships across the kinds of lines that others refuse to cross through dialogue, service, and, sometimes, by sharing in others' grief or fear. 

Interfaith leaders build where others destroy. Today, we ask you to practice your interfaith leadership wherever you are. To help you, we've compiled a list of resources from IFYC and other organizations committed to pluralism to kickstart your outreach, guide your conversations and activities, and help you educate yourself, your friends, and your neighbors. 

In the coming days and weeks, we hope you will join us and others across the U.S. in acts of interfaith leadership big or small. 

Perhaps, as you face these challenges, you might contemplate this passage from the Jewish Mishnah: 

"It is not your responsibility to finish the work, but neither are you free to refrain from it." -Pirkei Avot 
 

List of Resources, Guides, and Other Media:

Interfaith Leadership in Times of Crisis - a discussion guide 

Responding to Hateful Incidents on Campus - constructive ways to respond to destructive acts 

Texts on the Shared Value of Hospitality - a workshop guide 

Identity: Moving Through the World in Challenging Times - from the Common Knowledge podcast 

Intersections: Race, Religion, and the Conversation after Charleston - from the Common Knowledge podcast 

Interfaith Cooperation in Judaism - from the Common Knowledge podcast 

The Case for Pluralism in a Divided Democracy - from the Common Knowledge podcast 

Incoming Jewish Students - findings from the Interfaith Diversity Experiences & Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS) 

Elections and Interfaith Leadership Skills - a guide for campus and beyond 

Hillel International's list of vigils and remembrances for Pittsburgh happening on campuses across the U.S. 

Facing History and Ourselves offers excellent resources related to anti-Semitism, racism, and religious intolerance. 

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has published resources to help educators and parents discuss the Pittsburgh attack. 

Teaching Tolerance provides educators with powerful classroom resources focusing on religious and other forms of diversity in the U.S. 

We will be adding to this list as we learn more. Visit IFYC's Facebook and Twitterstreams for more information, including vigils and other events being held across the country. We also encourage you to follow our friends at HillelFacing History and OurselvesTeaching Tolerance, and the Anti-Defamation League for their continuing updates and opportunities. 

Thank you, 

The IFYC Team

Creating Peace in the Face of Hate - Kids4Peace

Creating Peace in the Face of Hate

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This has been a painful week for those of us who seek peace. 

Across the USA, Kids4Peace has joined rallies and vigils to stand up against hate and recommit to creating a world of understanding and justice.  

We mourn the eleven people killed at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, targeted because of their Jewish religion.   Kids4Peace members have relatives and friends in this synagogue, so the violence hits close to home.  In our anger and sadness, we are reaching out to support one another.  

We know, too, that this was not the only act of hate last week.  Maurice Stallard and Vickie Lee Jones were murdered in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, because of the color of their skin.  Public leaders were targeted with pipe bombs, because of their politics.  And the US government took steps to eliminate protections for trans people, risking their safety and threatening to erase their identity. 

Kids4Peace exists because we live in a broken, unjust, and violent world. We feel the anger, frustration and pain in our own communities and others. And still we believe, deep in our hearts and spirits, that a better reality is possible … if we build it together.  This is our mission: to create the more peaceful communities that we long to see.  

Every day, through dialogue and activism, Kids4Peace youth are creating more safe, just, and inclusive communities.   We celebrate our individual differences – religion, race, gender identity, political beliefs, and more – and work to create a world where these are seen not as a threat, but as a source of strength.  And where the dignity of all people is respected and honored. 

We will not allow hate and violence to win.  We will continue to stand together, to speak up, and to take action. 

Resources for Speaking with Youth  

Dialogue about Acts of Hate & Violence
Download a PDF dialogue guide to help youth process the events of this week.  

  • Create space to acknowledge emotions.  

  • Give and receive care – for self and others.

  • Take steps to continue working for peace. 

Help a Food Pantry Out - Be a secret Angel for CAIN

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Churches Active in Northside (CAIN)-

YOU can be a CAIN "Secret Angel" and make a brighter Christmas season for those most in need.  

You will light up a child's life when she reads her new book, bring a smile to teenager as he uses his new bath and body items, and encourage a family gathered around a table enjoying a wonderful meal!

Donation
Drop-Off
times:
CAIN: 4230 Hamilton Ave.
Mondays @ 6-8 p.m.Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 10 a.m.-1 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 1st @ 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
 OR
CAIN table at Northside Farmers Market
North Church, 4222 Hamilton Ave.
Wednesdays 4 to 7pm

AJC Calls on Cincinnati Community to #ShowUpForShabbat

AJC Calls on Cincinnati Community to #ShowUpForShabbat 

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November 1, 2018 – New York – AJC is urging the Cincinnati Jewish community, as well as civic and religious leaders, to flock to synagogues on Friday night and Saturday morning, November 2-3. The #ShowUpForShabbat initiative was launched by AJC after the horrific attack at Tree of Life Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh, which left 11 Jewish worshipers dead and another six people wounded.

“We must speak out and stand up against those who target Jews. Coming to synagogue this Shabbat will send a clear, strong message that Jews are not afraid,” said Cathy Heldman, AJC Cincinnati regional director. “We know today that Jews are not alone. In our country, in our city, elected officials as well as other religious and ethnic communities recognize that an attack on any faith is clearly an attack on all faiths.”

The AJC Cincinnati initiative is part of a worldwide effort by the American Jewish Committee, a leading global advocacy organization, to fill synagogues in a demonstration of solidarity and unity against anti-Semitism and hate. Representatives from AJC’s 22 offices across the United States are reaching out to clergy, diplomats, local government officials, and other community leaders to encourage them to participate in the #ShowUpForShabbat campaign, while the organization’s 11 international offices are working with partners in over 35 Jewish communities around the globe to launch similar initiatives locally.

From New York to New Zealand and from Utah to the UK, thousands of Jews and people of all faiths are pledging to #ShowUpForShabbat this weekend in solidarity with Pittsburgh’s Jewish community and sending a resounding message that love triumphs over hate.

Other local, national, and international Jewish organizations are being asked to encourage their members to participate in the campaign. Synagogues are being called upon to welcome the anticipated influx of attendees at their Shabbat services with explanatory programming, and rabbis are being asked to dedicate their sermons to discussing the initiative. 

Social media users are being encouraged to tweet and post about their plans to attend Shabbat services this weekend using the hashtag #ShowUpForShabbat.

For more information, contact the AJC Cincinnati office at cincinnati@ajc.org.

Mary in the Abrahamic Religions

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The WINC’s, or Women’s Interfaith Network of Northern Cincinnati Suburbs group, hosted “Mary in the Abrahamic Faiths” on October 8th. This talented and friendship seeking group of women have been meeting for several years sharing their faith stories, religious practices, visiting each others places of worship, participating in prayer services, celebrating cultural events and working together for those in need. As they are able to share their faiths, they discovered a common woman of strength, courage and deep faith in God. Her name is Mary or Miriam from the Abrahamic Religions. The scriptures each tell a different story, but the same truths are prevalent. The stories of Mary and Miriam in each of the Hebrew, Christian, Muslim, and Baha’i sacred scriptures describe woman with a passionate heart, always putting God first in her life even when it meant she could be expelled from her own community. Some faiths describe her as a great prophet, others a beautiful creature of God, others describe her as the Mother to us all. This woman of ancient times seeks truth and justice. Her strength is unbreakable to the cultural norms or to the persecution of her people. Her heart is honest and compassionate. She knows the poor and the oppressed. She desires freedom and equality. She magnify’s God’s greatness to the world to through her words and actions. Mary and Miriam exemplify a truth, the reality of God’s grace.

Festival of Faiths Seeking Volunteers

Festival of Faiths Seeking Volunteers

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You can be part of the inaugural Cincinnati Festival of Faiths as a volunteer!  

Volunteers are needed to help with all aspects of this gathering, including:

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  • assisting and directing exhibitors and vendors in unloading from their vehicles and transporting materials to their tables;
  • serving as staging assistants for entertainment acts by moving equipment, etc.;
  • serving as greeter or a guide to direct participants to “conversation” rooms;
  • manning the volunteer check-in table.

When you sign up, you will be able to choose the time-shift(s) you are available to work. You will receive a t-shirt and credit for community service hours, if needed for your school or another organization. Once you sign up, you just need to check in at the volunteer table the day of the event at the beginning of your shift and you will be given your specific duties. 

Sign up here

BRIDGES OF FAITH TRIALOGUE TO HOST CINCINNATI’S FIRST FESTIVAL OF FAITHS

Greater Cincinnati’s first-ever Festival of Faiths on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at Xavier University’s Cintas Center will bring together neighbors, families and spiritual leaders to celebrate the area’s religious diversity. The day will feature faith-based exhibits, dialogues, workshops, art, music and fun activities for all ages. The event is free and open to the public.

Modeled after popular long-standing festivals in Louisville and Indianapolis, Cincinnati’s festival will showcase the many faith traditions of our region. It also includes a day of community service for interfaith groupings of volunteers. Read more..

Call to Action: Protect: Protect Immigrant Children and Families

Protect immigrant children and families seeking safety and shelter from violence by keeping these families together.

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Please send a message to Congress TODAY!

The following is an important action alert from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

'When we look to our southern border, where migrant families who are escaping various forms of violence and persecution in their homeland are being routinely separated. Since October 2017, over 700 children have been separated from their parents and rendered "unaccompanied," including over 100 children under the age of four. On May 4, 2018, the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) stated that it will refer all individuals who cross the border without authorization for criminal prosecution, including adult members of family units. If implemented, this policy will undoubtedly lead to a drastic increase in incidences of family separation.'

 CALL TO ACTION

Send a message to Congress and ask that they protect immigrant children and families seeking safety and shelter from violence by keeping these families together.  You can send this message immediately here.  Or, share this message to your U.S. Senators and Representative by phone.  Locate their contact information here.


Send the following message to your U.S. Senators and Representative:

Dear Senator/Representative,
Children are vulnerable and should not be separated from their parents. The family is a foundational element of our Faith teaching and family unity is a cornerstone of our American immigration system.

Separating parents from their children will not deter families from seeking safety and security in the U.S. Such a policy will not cure the pervasive root causes of migration existing in the violent areas of Central America. Furthermore, a policy of separating families at the border will be extremely costly to the U.S. taxpayer, costing hundreds of dollars/night per family.


 I urge you to recognize the importance of family unity and use your oversight capabilities to:
(1) Tell DHS Not to Separate Families
(2) Prevent DHS from Receiving Funding for This Harmful and Costly Practice
(3) Propose More Humane Solutions, Such As Alternatives to Detention.