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.
…and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” — Isaiah 2:4
All ICPJ members are invited to attend our board meetings, held on the first Tuesday of each month, at 7:00 pm at the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary.
ICPJ organizes the following events and activities, among others, each year:
- Adams County Heritage Festival: 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 in the summer 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.
- Newsletter Quarterly: carrying news of Center activities and those of other community groups as well as articles on broader issues, e.g., Iraq, Israel/Palestine, 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 the Adams County Human Relations Council.