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Pikes Peak Habitat Faith in Action Monthly Interfaith e-News

For Faith Communities

January 2024

Join Us for the 2024 Interfaith Dialogue

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In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the first week in February annually as World Interfaith Harmony Week, with the goals of showcasing the importance of interfaith dialogue among people of diverse faith backgrounds, belief systems, and spiritual practices—spreading the message of goodwill and respect. In recognition of this annual initiative, you are invited to join Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity and the Pikes Peak Inter Faith Coalition for "Who is My Neighbor? An interfaith dialogue focused on neighborliness and partnering with civic officials to address the need for affordable homeownership" on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024 from 4 - 6 p.m.

Date: Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024

Time: 4 - 6 p.m.

Location: Berger Hall at University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS)

1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Join Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity, the Pikes Peak Inter Faith Coalition and various community partners for an important community discussion as we seek to answer: Who is your Neighbor? During this free community event, panelists representing diverse faiths will share examples of neighborliness and what that means in the context of their belief systems. Additionally, representatives from the City of Colorado Springs Mayor’s Office will articulate the city’s plan to address this community issue as well as actionable steps that faith communities can take to get involved. Following the panel, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a unique facilitated interfaith dialogue discussion. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP online now or email Chloe@pikespeakhabitat.org. We hope that you will consider joining us for this unique event.

Save the Date: 3rd Interfaith Build for Unity Home Dedication

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In the next couple of months, the final touches will be put on the 3rd Interfaith Build for Unity home for Jessica's family. Once the house is completed faith groups, donors, and volunteers will come together for a home dedication ceremony

You don't want to miss this special opportunity to join individuals and faith communities from around the city, hear from our homeowners, and watch Jessica's family step into their home for the first time, signifying a new chapter in their family's story. Mark your calendars for the home dedication ceremony date on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. We hope you will join us!

Ways to Put Faith into Action This January

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Join Us for Our ReStore MLK Jr. Day of Service

Pikes Peak Habitat is offering a unique volunteer experience for the "Building the Beloved Community" initiative in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at both of our ReStore locations on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024.

Habitat for Humanity launched its Beloved Community initiative in 2018, marking the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination and the passage of the Fair Housing Act. Since that time, Habitat affiliates across the country have mobilized people in their communities to reach out across cultural divides and celebrate our shared humanity. Over the years Habitat affiliates have hosted events, built homes, and revitalized neighborhoods in an effort to build what Dr. King called the Beloved Community— a community that includes diversity and allows for tension undergirded by love to lead to transformation" to create a community of justice, equal opportunity, and dignity for all.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of ways: on the sales floor, back in our receiving area, and on special projects within the store. Pikes Peak Habitat has current availability at our ReStore NorthEast location in the afternoon (2 - 6 p.m.) and at our ReStore South location in both the morning (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) and afternoon (2 - 6 p.m). Sign up to join us today!

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Read Race for Profit with Pikes Peak Habitat

This month, engage with Pikes Peak Habitat by reading Race for Profit, a Pulitzer Prize nominated work which details how over time exploitative real estate practices continued and evolved nationwide despite the passage of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968. Pick up your copy today, and starting on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 15, 2024 check out our Pikes Peak Habitat blog for reflection questions about the book.

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Learn About the IBU Bench Currently Being Created

This year diverse faith communities have come together not only to build a home for a local family through the Interfaith Build for Unity, but also to build a homemade bench for our partner family. Over the past couple of months, faith communities have individually decorated pieces of wood that represent their faith community and beliefs. Once these pieces are decorated, they will be used to create a homemade bench for Jessica's family. If your faith community is currently decorating a piece of wood for the bench, please be sure to reach out to Chloe@pikespeakhabitat.org by Jan. 15, 2024 to set up a pick up time.