Art Cribbs

Art-Cribbs-200The Rev. Dr. Art Cribbs is the executive director of Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, a statewide faith-based organization, that advocates for workers and immigrant rights, quality education, and health care.
Working with interfaith leaders in San Diego County, he participated in public vigils for peace to end wars in the Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan; joined members of the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice in public actions at various locations, including shopping malls and the University of California, San Diego; and, assisted with the annual La Posada bi-national event along the Mexico-United States border.
He was president of the Ecumenical Council of San Diego County and president of Pacific Media Ministry, a television production company that produced local and network programs.
As a former executive with the international ministries of the United Church of Christ, Dr. Cribbs traveled to more than 20 countries, itinerated and accompanied global partners who visited the United States.

How Long…Standing in the Mirror

Standing in front of the mirror the question emerged and nagged me without ceasing, “What have I done today to make life better for someone other than myself?” How long must I stand still staring at the reflection that resembles a familiar face? Will the inquiry continue to eat away at my conscious and stab my heart with a sharp blame dripping with guilt? “How long, Oh Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, "Violence!" but you do not save?” asked the prophet … [Read more...]

Community Organizing Training Session: May 16th

Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity through its Justice Not Jails program will conduct a training session on community organizing in Watts on Tuesday, May 16, at 7:00 PM.  The training session will be held at Macedonia Baptist Church located at 1751 East 114th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90059. Following the "Acting in the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." event earlier this month, the community training session is designed to equip faith leaders and members of local congregations to … [Read more...]

Have Faith, Not Fear

Everybody is excited and anxious about executive orders to ban Muslims, Congress’ repeal and replacement of Obamacare, enhanced law enforcement to detain and deport undocumented immigrants, and increased efforts to rollback civil rights advancements for people of color and the LGBTQ communities. There is every reason to be concerned about the rapid degeneration of long, hard fought gains for women, including protection of reproductive rights, choice, and health matters. We are witnessing the … [Read more...]

A Time to Break Silence

An interfaith service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held Tuesday, April 4, at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary of Macedonia Baptist Church located at 1751 East 114th Street in Los Angeles. On the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s seminal sermon, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” faith leaders and congregations will come together to look at how far America has come since 1967. Based on today’s issues after the election of President Trump, for many people it feels … [Read more...]

Lessons About Our Democratic Republic

There are lessons we can take away from the 2016 National Presidential Elections about our American Democratic Republic. First, every vote and every no vote counts in the General Election. The Primary Elections are the opportunities to vote for the candidate who is your first choice. If your candidate wins and becomes your party’s nominee, you have a second chance to get your candidate elected as President of the United States. Second, if your candidate fails to win the primaries and is not … [Read more...]

Acting in the Spirit of Dr. King: Now Is Our Time to Break Silence

Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his breakthrough sermon linking racism, capitalism, and militarism at New York's Riverside Church. King's courageous sermon was titled "Beyond Vietnam: Time to Break Silence." Exactly one year later-on April 4, 1968-Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis while standing with that city's striking Black sanitation workers. Recalling King's fearless final year, and conscious of the challenge we face now in a new time of … [Read more...]

Never Have I Ever

So, there I was standing in front of a room full of cops trying to explain how this is an era the likes of which I have never seen in my life…not as a journalist, professional political observer, or a preacher. Among those who have sworn to “serve and protect,” a few heads were nodding in agreement. But, too much like the country right now, a few others verbally disagreed and exposed the severe divide that defines the United States in this infant moment of Trump. I could not help myself as I … [Read more...]

Make America Great

What does it mean to “Make America Great Again?” Some people suggest it is actually code for “Make America White Again.” But, when was the United States white? Never! Was there ever a time when America possessed and presented the characteristics of a “great nation?” If so, when was that time? We may turn to the so-called founding documents of this nation as evidence of a “great” society; but upon full examination and honest assessment a true and clear realization is that the words … [Read more...]

Praying for a Successful Presidency

This must be said without equivocation, “I am praying for the success of President-Elect Donald H. Trump’s tenure in office.” Unlike the Republican Congressional leaders who announced publicly on his first Inauguration Day their singular intention to stymie President Barack Obama’s Administration and to stifle each and every initiative he presented, I want to see Mr. Trump perform at the highest level of civility with wise counsel and above average leadership quality. The success of the … [Read more...]

In Times Like These

Sometimes it seems the world has flipped upside down and is spinning out of control. After taking a few days off to recalibrate my life and set a compass to move forward, I realize the world is no larger than the sphere I can influence. That is, there are very few things I can really manage well and there is almost nothing I can control. As the saying goes, “In life stuff happens.” The recent elections put a lot people in an emotional tailspin. Wednesday following the minority vote that will … [Read more...]