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About ICAH

The Interfaith Center for Action and Healing, fosters community action and cultural exchange, grounded in individual healing and spiritual growth.  The Center is a place to bring life back into balance; it is a place for learning, growing, sharing, laughter; a place to deepen awareness, strengthen empathy, build bridges. The Center is home to peace seekers, wisdom warriors, storytellers, students of all kinds, of all faiths, those who love and those still learning to love. The Center inspires you to love yourself, then to spread the love, through compassionate action, in every area of your life possible.

The Center strives to promote healing, on personal and interpersonal levels. Because collective healing is dependent on personal healing, it is essential, first, to address the hunger and suffering of the individual mind, body and spirit.  Once the individual experiences healing, a greater sense of wholeness and harmony follows, along with a sense of purpose. Learning to care for and love oneself, leads to a love for others and a more profound understanding of our collective humanity.  Spiritual growth brings new, deeper insights and promotes wonder, joy and gratitude. Through healing and growth, individuals are inspired and emboldened to act and serve. Individuals, then communities, are transformed through awareness, advocacy, and action; personal healing becomes the springboard for more compassionate action toward our families, neighbors, communities and the planet.

The Center provides space for workshops, presentations and conferences, counseling, dance and drumming, ritual making, celebrations, ceremonies, meditation, prayer, art and yoga; all in an inclusive and supportive environment that embraces religious and cultural diversity. The Center invites all people, of every faith, race, income level, gender and sexuality to visit and experience first-hand, the peaceful, nurturing environment that makes personal transformation possible.  If you are interested in using the space on a regular basis or for an event, please contact us.

Location: The Center is located in Lansing, NY, on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake.  The Finger Lakes area, “The Handprint of God”, is renowned for its natural beauty, awesome gorges, eclectic and educated communities, viniculture, historical significance and tourism. The Center is a half hour away from Ithaca, NY, Cornell University, Ithaca College, Wells College in Aurora and all the amazing peaceful beauty this area has to offer.

The Interfaith Center for Action and Healing
1939 East Shore Drive
Lansing, NY 14882

Workshops and Speakers: The Center features an ever-changing calendar of workshops, presentations, performances and speakers designed to inform, enlighten and inspire participants toward personal growth and compassionate action. Topics include: Environmental Stewardship, World Religions and Traditions, Spiritual Growth in a Lifetime, Non-Violent Direct Action, Neighborhood Revival, Sustainability, Art and Activism. Please see our Calendar of Events for more information.

We hope you support us in this effort as we seek to make our tiny pieces of the world just a little bit better.  As Mother Teresa said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

Barb E. Blom, Director

Reverend Barb E. Blom is the Director of the Interfaith Center for Action and Healing. She is an ordained United Church of Christ minister with a specialty in interfaith and spiritual conversations. She attended Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester N.Y. where she earned her Masters in Divinity and she is currently enrolled in the United Lutheran Seminary where she is finishing her Doctorate of Ministry with a focus on Interfaith relationships and understanding.

She worked for Hospicare and Palliative Care Services in Ithaca as both Spiritual Care Counselor and Bereavement Counselor and has been a Pastor for twelve years. She lives with her two adopted sons, is a foster parent to three unaccompanied Afghan refugees, and has two dogs, three cats, and two birds.