Jesus, Justice & Poverty Institute

Jesus, Justice, Poverty Institute (formerly known as the Bay Area Urban Project) exists to support ministries on our college and university campuses in equipping and developing Christian staff and students as spiritual influencers/leaders in the work of justice, witness, and compassion. Our prayer is to raise up a prophetic witnessing community, bearing witness to a holistic relevant Gospel, and committing to a constant journey towards wholeness that requires persistent efforts on a personal, societal, and structural level. Through a number of programs, we hope to cultivate a radical and relevant faith that manifests in prayerful activism, mutual conversions, and intelligent love. The institute aims to offer leadership from the margins through a wealth of ministers, thought-leaders, justice practitioners, organizers, and activists who are mostly of color. 

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A rigorous 6-week summer internship in Oakland, CA, where participants will live in intentional community cohorts, dedicate over 100 hours of service learning with local grassroots agencies, and participate in over 300 hours of program seminars/training. In these seminars/training, participants can expect to learn about different systemic injustices in depth, pray, critically analyze, and actively influence systems on a personal, interpersonal, and systemic level through our faith lens. The program has capacity for 30 participants every year.