The Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice is a non-profit organization that seeks to nurture dialogue on peace, social justice and environmental balance and to enrich our community by inspiring individuals to work nonviolently toward the realization of those values in human society. The Center is not only an educational institution but also a catalyst for action and a source of support for individuals and groups responding to community needs and to threats which may arise to just and peaceful community life. Committed to advancing the well-being of all, we act non-violently, with respect for truth and one another as our guiding values.
“They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.”
— Isaiah 2:4
“The world rests on three things: on truth, on justice, and on peace.”
— Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel (Pirkei Avot 1:18)
“Do you know what is better than charity, fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations among people.”
— Prophet Mohammed
“If you want peace, work for justice.”
— Pope Paul VI
All ICPJ members are invited to attend the Center’s board meetings, held on the first Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 pm at the United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg.
ICPJ organizes the following events and activities, among others, each year:
- Adams County Heritage Festival: Co-sponsored with the YWCA Gettysburg and Adams County, this is a celebration of ethnic music, food, and crafts that reflects the multicultural atmosphere of Adams County, Pennsylvania.
- Peace Camp: A week-long full-day camp each June for children from ages 6-12. Activities include presentations, games, projects promoting non-violent conflict resolution, inter-cultural understanding, and environmental balance.
- “Let It Begin With Me”: A conference on peace organized biannually around topics related to peace and social justice.
- Annual Peacemaker Awards: Gift of books to Adams County Public Library in honor of local residents who have been distinguished in the pursuit of peace and justice.
- Collinge Lecture: In honor of William K. Collinge (1918-2011), a benefactor of the ICPJ and St. Francis Xavier Church, Gettysburg, ICPJ instituted the annual lecture held in the William K. and Rita M. Collinge Multipurpose Room at St. Francis Xavier School. The lecture is to be on a topic related to Catholic social teaching.
- Quarterly Newsletter: Carrying news of Center activities and those of other community groups as well as articles on broader issues, e.g., immigration, environmental justice, global poverty, systemic racism, etc.
- Annual Meeting: Annual meeting of the membership, held in the fall of each year, featuring a pot-luck and a speaker.
- Other Activities: Lectures and panel discussions of topics of local, national, and international concern. Book discussion group on peace and justice issues. Support for other peace-and-justice-related organizations, such as Gettysburg for Gun Sense and Adams Unity Coalition and Adams County Human Relations Council