Overview of the Interfaith Build for Unity
In a time of division, uncertainty and fear, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity is working together with our community to build homes, unity, and hope. While El Paso County is home to diverse political opinions and theological beliefs, we can all agree that everyone deserves a safe and decent place to call home.
In 2021, Pikes Peak Habitat started bringing together congregations, groups, and communities from a variety of faith traditions, spiritual practices, and beliefs who worked side by side to build affordable homes for families in El Paso County. In March 2022, Pikes Peak Habitat and our valued partners celebrated the completion of the first Interfaith Build for Unity (IBU) home. The second IBU home was dedicated in April 2023, and the third will begin construction in August.
IBU volunteer days are times of celebrating tolerance, cooperation, and love for our neighbor as volunteers come together to help make homeownership possible for a local family.
How it works
- Invite members of your faith community or group to participate in an IBU volunteer day. (No experience is necessary, but volunteers on our construction site must be at least 16 years old.) You can also volunteer as an individual.
- Volunteers from two different faith traditions are paired for the day. The groups work together, share lunch, and stand unified as friends and equals.
In the Episcopal Church, we promise, as baptized Christians, to respect the dignity of every human being. The work of Habitat for Humanity promotes human dignity and gives volunteers the opportunity to work in the fields of hope. By coming together as an interfaith community to do this work, we witness to the all-embracing love of God in this world; we help make the world a better, and more beautiful, place.
Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build is an opportunity to not only lay a physical foundation but also an emotional and mental foundation, for all faith groups, to come together as one, united for one common cause- HUMANITY. I joined the Interfaith Build because I wanted to show our community that Islam is built on a foundation of compassion for our neighbors regardless of their faith. We Muslims work hard to seek out charitable opportunities that reap great rewards with God, we strive for peace and harmony with our neighbors and lend a helping hand anywhere we can. To see a family walk into their home for the first time and be able to call a permanent place home makes every minute of hard work worth it.
Meet the 2023 Interfaith Build for Unity Partner Family
As a single mother, Jessica struggled to balance the demands of her job with the need to care for her 7-year-old son, Bryson. When she learned “he was acting out in school,” she decided to sacrifice her career, even though she knew leaving her job would entail a significant pay cut. “I’m not going to lose all those years with my son,” she says.
Previous IBU Partner Families
- IBU Individual Involvement Form (Google form)
- IBU Community Involvement Form (PDF)
- 2023 Calendar of Religious Holidays (PDF)
- Check out how the concept of the golden rule and helping others is included in a variety of holy texts from different faith traditions (PDF)
- Read about our 2023 Building the Beloved Community initiative and U.N. World Interfaith Harmony Week
We would like to recognize this ever growing list of partners, friends, supporters, volunteers, and donors. The Interfaith Build for Unity project would be nothing without the participation and enthusiasm of our local faith leaders.
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Colorado College Chaplain’s Office
Colorado Springs Tibetan Meditation Center
First United Methodist-Prairie Campus
Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Islamic Society of Colorado Springs
Native American Women's Association
Pikes Peak Interfaith Coalition
Sunrise United Methodist Church
Tibetan Meditation Center
US Air Force Academy Chaplain's Office
US Air Force Academy Community Chapel
If you would like to learn more about how you or your community can get involved with the Interfaith Build for Unity, or engage with Habitat through our various Faith in Action Programs, please reach out:
Faith in Action Program Manager
719.475.7800 ext. 115
A Note about the Land
We acknowledge that the land on which we build is the traditional territory of the Ute, Cheyenne and Arapaho Peoples. We also recognize the 48 contemporary tribal nations that are historically tied to the lands that make up this region.