The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Challenge is a national project initiated and sponsored by President Obama and the White House Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Center, which is now housed in the U.S. Department of Education. The project invites universities across the country to develop a one-year project which will “involve students from (the) college or University partnering with local religious groups to tackle a specific community challenge together.” (See the following website for more information on the project: http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ofbnp/interfaithservice).
DePaul University is continuing our Blue For Peace project/program this year 2012-2013. Blue for Peace, is focused on positively contributing towards addressing the pervasive issue of youth violence in the city of Chicago. Blue for Peace builds on the innate capacities and resources of our university community. We are focusing this year, on restorative justice as a theme that embodies service and reflection. Blue for Peace involves religious service, intellectual, and community building activities. For example the Quarterly Inter-Religious Celebration is an event that invites DePaul students to share and engage one another in dialogue and reflection. Focusing on restorative justice is the main goal for this initiative.
For more information on Blue for Peace events, please visit Blue for Peace on Facebook: