PUBLIC PEACE FORUMS
Where you can engage in community and with peacemaking opportunities through love, justice, and generosity.
It was a beautiful evening remembering Isabella Joy Thallas and loved ones lost to violence as we prayed for healing and peace at Bella Joy Gardens.
Pastor Haroun shared how there is “no peace without healing” and once we receive this we can truly walk out our purpose, to then go out and make a way to peace for others.
Jesus showed up to do just that – with his presence to heal, reconcile, and restore.
On Wednesday, March 23rd, we gathered in response to the increase in violent crimes, gun violence, and lives lost in our city. Though there are complex issues that go into why we are experiencing this violence, the gathering was a response and a forum to express concerns, prayers, and insights in the pursuit of peace in our city.
As the evening came to an end the Holy Spirit filled the room as we began to worship and pray for the city and each other. It was a powerful time of receiving encouragement and healing!
It was as if the Lord was showing us that the Church gathering and responding in public spaces, particularly places of pain, will reveal His grace and healing to the world.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27
On Wednesday, February 16th we gathered for an evening to Celebrate Black History Month. Amber Kierra, founder of Kingdom Eyes, shared a few compelling stories that gave us insight on how to put on “Kingdom Eyes” to see who we are in Christ and to see our neighbors the way God sees them. She shared her story as a black, blind, female, offering a unique perspective on finding freedom from how the world was seeing her to living by how God sees her.
When a potential employer asked her in an interview, “Can you even read or write?” she decided that instead of being defeated and succumbing to limiting perspectives, moving forward she would embrace, believe, and practice living in God’s sovereignty, sight, and spirit.
“I know what it feels like to think that ‘Freedom will come…If only I wasn’t black…If only I didn’t have this disability…Or if only my skin wasn’t so dark.’ But because I’m a child of God I have the ability to be free right now”… “I can choose to live my life not by how the world sees me, but based on how God sees me.”
– Amber Kierra, Kingdom Eyes
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
Hope to see you at the next gathering!
On June 10th 2021 we gathered to remember and celebrate the life of Isabella Joy Thallas who’s life was tragically taken by gun violence at the Ballpark apartments this summer, 2020. We gathered in peace and unity to pray at Bella Joy Gardens, a newly renovated park in honor of Isabella, dedicated to healing and hope for the community and to mourn loved ones lost to gun violence.
At this small park in the heart of Denver we celebrated LIFE with food, fun, and friendship. Then we moved into a time of remembrance, prayer, and a candlelight vigil to raise our light toward spreading healing and hope with our prayers and lives.
The event was in partnership with Colorado Community Church, Church In The City-Beth Abraham, Denver Dream Center, and Confluence Ministries.
On January 18, 2021 we stood together in unity to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and form a multi-ethnic prayer gathering to honor King’s vision for the Beloved Community. During this time we petitioned God for healing across racial divides and injustices.
“But the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opposers into friends. It is this type of understanding goodwill that will transform the deep gloom of the old age into the exuberant gladness of the new age. It is this love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of men.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. –
On August 8th, 1968 the first Martin Luther King Blvd. was named and dedicated in Chicago. And on August 8th, 2020 we celebrated the MLK Blvd. in Denver and prayed in unity to break the chains of racism and injustice.
“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility” Ephesians 2:14
Commitment to the City’s Homeless
Hosted at Denver Public Library
10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy.
Denver, Colorado 80204
May 25, 2018
8:30am – 10:00am
Kayvan Khalatbari is an Iranian-American entrepreneur, advocate, and 2019 mayoral candidate in Denver and is at the forefront of advocacy for Denver’s homeless population.
Kayvan Khalatbari has become a vocal leader concerning the topic of homelessness in Denver. A live video he posted to his social media account of Denver Police Department Officers confiscating blankets from homeless people in freezing conditions went viral. Facing pressure from the NAACP and ACLU, Mayor Hancock lifted the “urban camping ban” until April 2017 to get the homeless population through cold winter months.
In March 2017, he found success as a principal member of the Alternative Solutions Advocacy Project (ASAP) by helping to get the first tiny-home village for the homeless approved in Denver. Beloved Community Village will be established as a 180-day pilot program for individuals experiencing homelessness to create a democratically self-governed community aimed at self-empowerment and reestablishing lives. The village will consist of 11 houses, showers, restrooms, and a yurt for cooking and village events.
Khalatbari’s entrepreneurial, philanthropic, and advocacy efforts have begun to attract positive recognition. He was a finalist for Colorado Biz Magazine’s entrepreneur of the year 2016 and Colorado Business Committee for the Art’s EY Next Wave Leadership Award.
What is a Tiny Home Village for the Homeless?
Come learn about the Beloved Community Village – the first of its kind in Denver. The village is a self-governed community made of 11 homes, gardens, a shared shower house and common area.
You will meet a panel of villagers and organizers with the Colorado Village Collaborative, learn about the next tiny home village and how you could address the current housing crisis by hosting a tiny home village in your community.
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