STANDING · WALKING · RUNNING In His Shoes is an organization which rallies support for those who suffer in the world.
In His Shoes was created in response to acts of Genocide perpetrated against the Armenian nation in 1915.
We believe those who have suffered evil have a unique responsibility to take action against injustice to others.
Our actions are based on Christ’s principles of love, compassion and repaying evil with good.
Quick access to past, present and future In His Shoes "steps."
Fr. Vazken Movsesian, speaks at the Genocide Commemoration at Glendale Community College, April 21, 2009, outlining the next step in remembering the Armenian Genocide and the ground work for the In His Shoes movement.
Program: Gateways to Glendale College
Host: Andra Verstraete
Intro: Dr. Levon Marashlian, Professor of Political Science
Director of Photography: Scott Stalnaker
Originally aired on Charter Cable 15
A hi-def version of this video is available on DVD by contacting In His Shoes.
GET DVD of Fr. Vazken's GCC talk - "Leveraging"
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.-Martin Luther King Jr.
During the month of April, Fr, Vazken spoke at schools, colleges and universities about the increasing need to take the "Next Step" in Genocide commemorations and recognitions. His is a clear call for "leveraging" small amounts of energy to move great masses. A DVD of Fr. Vazken's talk at GCC is now available and will be sent as a thank you gift to donors to the ministry.
IHS Members Fast for Darfur, Raising Money and Awareness
On April 22-23, 2011, In His Shoes members fasted for 30 hours to raise money and awareness for the ongoing genocide in Darfur. Through sponsorships and creative fundraising, the group raised $10,000, which was matched by a longtime supporter of the ministry, bringing the total amount to $20,0000. The funds raised will be sent to aid Darfuris living in refugee camps via StopGenocideNow.org. Glendale College newspaper, El Vaquero, published an article about this fast. Read the article published online at the paper's website, or download a reprint.
FAST for DARFUR - Resurrection & the Armenian Genocide
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." ~Martin Luther King Jr.
Dark meets up with Light this weekend and it doesn't stand a chance. The "Darkest Day of Modern Human History" - the beginning of the Armenian Genocide- April 24 (1915) falls on the Brightest Day in Time - Easter Sunday! The Resurrection of Christ is a victory of Life over Death, Light over Darkness, Good over Evil, Love over Hate! And we're here to witness this victory!
To emphasize the victory, In His Shoes Ministries is calling for a Fast for Darfur on Good Friday, April 22. To heighten awareness about the current day Genocide in Darfur, Children of Armenian Genocide survivors are reaching out across time and geography. In His Shoes will also use the opportunity to raising money for much needed educational resources in the camps. For the past several years, the organization has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to areas and people touched by Genocide. This year, donations will be directed to the refugee camps through the Stop Genocide Now activists.
The Fast will be centered in Glendale at Glendale Community College and at the Armenian Church Youth Ministries Center. People throughout the world will be fasting in solidarity - primarily communities in Argentina, Brazil, Syria, England, Canada and Armenia. All will be linked via the Internet. Gabriel Stauring from SGN will be addressing the group on Saturday. The Fast will culminate symbolically on Easter Eve with the reading of the Resurrection narrative. "We collectively focus our efforts and resources to emphasize that there is always hope," said event organizer Suzie Shatarevyan.
RALLY FOR DARFUR - Touching from One Genocide to another
On March 6, 2011, at Crystal Springs, Griffith Park, In His Shoes hosted an afternoon of awareness about Genocide in Darfur. Participants had the opportunity to learn the facts on Darfur and the ongoing atrocities which have claimed close to half-a-million lives and has left 3 million people displaced. Attendees were able to experience a refugee camp tent and record video messages to send to Darfuri refugees. Activists were on hand to give tours while participants were given the choices to act for peace.
The atmosphere was inviting for the entire family, with food and music throughout the event. The Maiden's of the Armenian Church Youth Ministries Center provided Picnic fare while DJ Arak Yeghiazarian spun world tunes for the crowd. Renowned artist Gregory Beylerian recorded video messages from participants. And completing the event was musical entertainment from recording artists, Melineh Kurdian, Gor Mkhitarian, and Ara Dabanjian. A surprise performance by the AYAC choir members, rendering “We are the World” brought the afternoon to an end with the crowd on their feet and promising unity with the people of Darfur.
Fr. Vazken addressed the crowd with encouragement, “Today you have made a bold statement to the world. You’re saying that we as Armenians are not waiting for others to validate our past, nor are we standing with our hands open. Rather, we’re extending a hand out to others to help and bring about peace.”
The March 6 event was a kick off of the Lenten period which will culminate with a Fast for Darfur.
The Next Step in Genocide Commemoration is to Stop Genocide Today!
This video was prepared for and presented to Darfuri genocide survivors in refugee camps of Chad. The messages come from Armenian Genocide survivors, assembled at an "Awareness for Darfur" Rally at Griffith Park on March 6, 2011, organized by In His Shoes Ministries. The video was shot and produced by Gregory Beylerian and Jose Zakany, edited by Ari Macht. The video was sent via the iAct team headed by Gabriel Stauring, of Stop Genocide Now. We acknowledge and thank all those who shared their comments, expressed the message of love and to those who offered a labor of love in producing this video and delivering it to the refugee camps in Chad.
News coverage of the In His Shoes Darfur Rally at Griffith Park, March 6, 2011.
Report and broadcast by Channel 1 in Armenia.
Lilit Sedrakian, reporting (Hylur)
For a more thorough and deeper understanding of our principles, intentions, and actions, read the Manifesto written by Fr. Vazken Movsesian
In His Shoes hosted the 8th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Retreat at Rancho La Sherpa Retreat Center on the scenic mountains of Goleta, California. The retreat began Saturday morning, January 15 and commenced on Monday, January 17, 2011 with breakfast at Sambo's on the downtown Santa Barabara shoreline. This year's theme was “A Call to Conscience – Living Life with Principles”. Fr. Vazken Movsesian was the Retreat Master. Throughout the weekend, participants engaged in various sessions listening and studying the works of MLK followed by discussions and reflections on the study materials and what it means for us today. Saturday afternoon, Anahid Yahjian, a Senior at Occidental College who'd visited Rwanda during Summer 2010 teaching photography to Rwandan students gave a presentation on her visit and experience. Along with studying, writing, learning, and sharing, retreat attendees took advantage of the breathtaking views by participating in outdoor activities. This included a pre-dawn hike and Morning Service for the Early Birds and 2.5 hour hike to Screaming Rock. Another outdoor activitiy was nighttime Geocaching using flashlights to guide the way. This was a type of a high-tech treasure hunt that involved using a GPS to find and solve clues as part of a team. Sunday night, the group hiked up to an outdoor amphiteatre, built a fire and participated in a Drum Circle, but not before each person reflected on a favorite MLK quote. The evening concluded with a beautiful Badarak at Casa Grande, the house that became home for the weekend.
In His Shoes has a voice: ePostle.net
As part of the expanding vision of the In His Shoes Mission, new media has been explored and used during the past several years to deliver the unique message of change. Nine years ago, in 2000, ePostle.net was born and produced the first Divine Liturgy streamed on the net (on Easter Sunday). Since then, ePostle has taken charge of being the vehicle for "apostolic evangelism in an electronic world." In 2008, the weekly podcast "Next Step with Fr. Vazken" was launched and has received the acclaim of critics, being featured on Apple's iTunes with a worldwide audience. The podcast explores issues of modern life through the lens of "Armodoxy," a brand of Armenian Orthodoxy. The episodes are archived at ePostle.net and at iTunes and always available free of charge. On September 9, 2009 the new "Questions in Faith" series was launched. Every Wednesday evening (7:30PST) log on and join a live session! Click HERE to see archived sessions as well as join the broadcasts on Wednesdays. Questions are entertained via net. Of course, Southern Californias can join the sessions in person at the Youth Ministries Center - see the flyer for more details or join us on the net at epostle.net/broadcast.html Pictured above: the ePostle.net studio (left to right) Ken Nalik, engineer; Suzie Shatarevyan, producer and Fr. Vazken Movsesian.
Easter "RISE" by Gregory Beylerian
17" x 22", Edition of 100, signed and numbered (The original 30" x 40" artwork will be available for $5,000)