Partners and Community Allies


The Episcopal Church

In 2017, The Episcopal Church announced its long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice, called Becoming Beloved Community. They have provided the major grant that helped launch the Beloved Community Initiative.


the episcopal diocese of iowa

Our work is also supported by the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa, which provides us space in their building, Old Brick, and through grants.


The sankofa Outreach Connection

The Sankofa Outreach Connection promotes awareness of and appreciation for women of color experiences through activities and events that enhance and strengthen cultural competence. The S.O.C. engenders the need for intergenerational women of color to build connections and provide awareness and information in regards to wealth, health and support through education, cultural and social events and activities.


consultation of religious communities

The Consultation of Religious Communities is an interfaith council composed of more than thirty religious communities and related agencies of Johnson County.  Clergy and lay representatives from each member body meet on the third Wednesday of each month (except July) to conduct business and engage one another in dialogue and mutual support. 



Johnson County interfaith cluster

JCIC is a group of interfaith church leaders committed to work together to build a more just society. JCIC meets monthly at the Beloved Community Initiative on the fourth Tuesday each month and welcomes new partners committed to positive change in our community.




Their mission is to engage culturally diverse communities together through hope, opportunities and partnerships. Together we equip people at their point of need to move out to poverty and inspire them to be of service to others. With awareness of the need for low cost legal immigration services in our community, they provide legal immigration assistance with clients in Johnson County and surrounding counties including Cedar, Linn, Iowa, Muscatine, Washington and Scott.




The Midwest Telegraph Media Co-op is dedicated to increasing access to independent media and promoting collaborative approaches to social justice activism. They develop leadership, capacity building and community journalism skills by providing Urban Retreats, Freedom Schools and recurring opportunities for community-based dialogues, forums, conferences, and podcasts. Using processes grounded in contemplative and creative practices, they develop life affirming, non-violent, liberation practices which can sustain cultural and personal transformation.


iowa city Showing up for racial justice

IC SURJ is a local chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. While IC SURJ is based in Iowa City, it encompasses surrounding municipalities in Johnson and Linn counties, including Coralville, North Liberty, and Cedar Rapids.



black Voices Project

BVP is a vehicle for Black people’s voices to be heard in the Iowa City area; thier work creates a community that supports a thriving black culture.



coalition for racial justice

Joining together to promote racial justice through action, education and empowerment.


dream center

The Dream Center is a nonprofit, volunteer driven organization that offers transformational programming to individuals of all socio-economic backgrounds. Grounded in the belief of empowerment through education, The Dream Center is not just a place for individuals, but for the family and community as a whole.



eastern iowa community bond project

Their mission is to increase access to due process within the immigration justice system by providing bail funds and additional legal support to immigrants unfairly targeted by Immigrations Customs Enforcement.