The Interchurch Community in the News

OBAT Helpers & JCRC — “Local doctors assist Rohingya people in crisis in Bangladesh as alleged genocide case moves forward”
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OBAT Helpers & JCRC — “Local doctors assist Rohingya people in crisis in Bangladesh as alleged genocide case moves forward”

If you would like to get involved with the work OBAT is doing here or abroad, please visit obathelpers.org to learn more.

Peace Center for Reconciliation and Forgiveness — “Rwandan genocide survivor addresses Watchung Hills students”
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Peace Center for Reconciliation and Forgiveness — “Rwandan genocide survivor addresses Watchung Hills students”

Kalima said he learned that the common denominator between the great advocates of forgiveness and reconciliation down through the ages, including Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa in India, and Nelson Mandela in South Africa was: They all forgave.

CHIP — “‘Opportunity to reflect’: Service honors 58 homeless who died in Marion County in 2019”
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CHIP — “‘Opportunity to reflect’: Service honors 58 homeless who died in Marion County in 2019”

“I think it’s a real opportunity to reflect as a community on the stark realities and challenges people experiencing homelessness are facing,” Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, the coalition’s executive director, told IndyStar. “And for many, that becomes a real matter of life and death.”

CHIP — “Plan to house homeless off to slow start”
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CHIP — “Plan to house homeless off to slow start”

Additionally, lining up those support services for the developments—an imperative piece of permanent supportive housing—can be challenging, said Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, executive director of CHIP. Doing so requires entities that might not have previously worked together—developers, property managers and homeless service providers—to form collaborative relationships.

CHIP — “Youth homelessness rising in Indianapolis and there are laws in place keeping them from shelters”
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CHIP — “Youth homelessness rising in Indianapolis and there are laws in place keeping them from shelters”

The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention says, last year 183 people under the age of 25 were experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis.

CHIP — “Wheeler Mission asks for coat donations, resources for those struggling in cold”
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CHIP — “Wheeler Mission asks for coat donations, resources for those struggling in cold”

The Handbook of Help, published by the the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, lists 11 emergency shelters and 12 clothing pantries around Indianapolis.

Sierra Club — “IPL Plans Early Retirement of Two Coal-fired Units at Petersburg Plant”
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Sierra Club — “IPL Plans Early Retirement of Two Coal-fired Units at Petersburg Plant”

“Sierra Club and our allies will continue to push for the clean energy that Indianapolis residents demand and deserve, which must include a plan to fully retire Petersburg by 2028 and clean up its widespread toxic pollution. Anything less is a failure for our climate and our communities,” said Bredhold.

Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation — “RWANDAN GENOCIDE SURVIVOR KIZITO KALIMA SHARES HIS JOURNEY”
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Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation — “RWANDAN GENOCIDE SURVIVOR KIZITO KALIMA SHARES HIS JOURNEY”

Kalima, the founder of the Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation, recounted his story as a fourteen-year-old boy trying to survive the Rwandan Genocide to a group in the Graduate Lounge at East Campus on Nov. 21.

Sierra Club — “Indiana Utility Will Close Coal-Fired Units Early”
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Sierra Club — “Indiana Utility Will Close Coal-Fired Units Early”

The Sierra Club, among the environmental groups that have referred to the Petersburg plant as a “super polluter,” in a statement said it was pleased with the decision to close two coal units at the plant, and said it would continue to push for IPL to stop using coal altogether.

Sierra Club — “IPL Plans To Close Part Of Coal Plant, Go Half Renewables By 2039”
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Sierra Club — “IPL Plans To Close Part Of Coal Plant, Go Half Renewables By 2039”

Members of the Indianapolis City-County Council and the Sierra Club have urged IPL to go coal free and fully retire its Petersburg plant by 2028.