Fasting for justice can be a powerful and emotional experience. It is the hope that each individual who participates in a fast for justice will be transformed and challenged through that fasting, as well as through reflection and prayer.
It is also the hope that some fasts for justice will have an external impact as well, possibly influencing those in power to stand up against injustice and to support policies that affirm the human and civil rights of immigrants and all people.
Join us for a prayer service featuring Beth Katz, Founder and Executive Director of the Interfaith Project in Omaha, NE. Beth will focus her reflection on celebrating the diversity of faiths present in our community and the centrality of peace and compassion within each faith tradition. Refreshments and small group conversation will be part of this service, organized by the Des Moines Ecumenical Committee for Peace.
Climate change is not just a scientific issue or an economic issue—it is an ethical issue. So for religious leaders, guiding people on how to live their lives in ways that recognize the impacts of human behavior on the climate is critical—especially in Southeast and South Asia, where evidence of climate change is all too visible.
Indonesia is one of the world’s most vibrant and diverse democracies. As part of AFSC’s continuing work to support education and peace building in Indonesia, AFSC’s Youth for Peace program is using cultural performances, art, tutoring, discussions and direct activism by youth and for youth to build peace and community.
“With young people as the drivers, we help youth around the country mobilize to celebrate and protect Indonesia’s heritage of diversity and tolerance,” says Jiway Tung, who directs AFSC’s Indonesia office.
A message from Wasif Qureshi, Community Outreach Coordinator at the Islamic Center of Greensboro:
This is a call to people of all races, cultures and religions. We need you. At precisely 5 pm on September 20th, a rally will start in front of the Melvin Municipal Office Building in downtown Greensboro. The number of people in support of keeping the White Street Landfill closed is massive and will be showcased at this rally.
All are welcome to attend a greater Des Moines Interfaith Service commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the September 11.
The theme of the service is “Common Ground” and will highlight a contribution from each faith community.
The collaborative partners include the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, Des Moines Area Religious Council, the Des Moines Ecumenical Peace Committee and the American Friends Service Committee as well as faith leaders from Islamic, Christian, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist, Sikh, Buddhist, and other faith communities.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
Where we work
AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.