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 a diversity of political opinions and theological beliefs, one thing we can all agree on is 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 to volunteer side by side, to build affordable homes for families in El Paso County. In March of 2022, Pikes Peak Habitat and our valued partners came together to celebrate the completion of the first Interfaith Build for Unity (IBU) home. The second Interfaith Build for Unity is currently underway. IBU volunteer days are a time of celebrating tolerance, cooperation and love for our neighbor as volunteers come together to help make homeownership possible for a local family.
Here is how it works:
- Invite members of your faith community or group to volunteer during one of our IBU volunteer days. (No experience is necessary, but volunteers on our construction site must be at least 16 years old.)
- Your group is paired with a team of local volunteers from a different faith tradition.
- The two groups work together, share lunch together, and stand unified as friends and equals.
- Interfaith Build Days are scheduled throughout the year. Contact us to learn how your faith community can reserve a spot and can help us build in unity.
Additionally, check out how the concept of the golden rule and helping others is included in a variety of holy texts from different faith traditions.
BUILDING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY
In January and February 2023, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity held a series of events celebrating Building the Beloved Community and the 2023 U.N. World Interfaith Harmony Week.
Read about how we celebrated U.N. World Interfaith Harmony Week in 2022 (PDF document).
MEET THE 2022 INTERFAITH BUILD FOR UNITY PARTNER FAMILY
This year, faith communities and volunteer groups from around El Paso County have the honor of being able to partner with Anna and her family as our 2022 Interfaith Build for Unity partner family. As volunteer groups prepare to come out and volunteer on our construction site, it is exciting to know that their hard work will help make homeownership possible for Anna’s family. Click below to learn more about our partner family for the second Interfaith Build for Unity.
CHECK OUT A RECAP FROM OUR FIRST INTERFAITH BUILD FOR UNITY HOME DEDICTION
In March of 2022, Pikes Peak Habitat, diverse faith congregations, volunteers, cultural groups, and donors came together to celebrate the home dedication of our first Interfaith Build for Unity. Check out the video below to see a recap of this special event as we welcomed Ms. Andino and her family home to their new neighborhood.
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
Do you want to put your faith into action, serve your community, and be a symbol of peace, tolerance, and unity? Join us!
Pray based on the dictates of your faith for Pikes Peaks Habitat for Humanity
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
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.
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 with your questions:
Faith in Action Program Manager
719.475.7800 ext. 115
View our previous Interfaith Build for Unity
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.