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Guide to Inclusive Prayer


  • The classroom may look very different from a few short months ago, but the importance of inclusive learning remains the same. This week on the blog, Senior Manager for Social and Emotional Well-Being for The Opportunity Project and OCCJ Board Member, Jahaziel “Jazi” Hiriart discusses how educators can imagine more equitable environments for all students. (Continue reading in April 21 newsletter.)

  • Daily Dialogue is an opportunity for you and your loved ones to have thought-provoking conversations that encourage respect and mutual learning. (Continue reading in April 7 newsletter.)

  • For over 60 years we have labored in our community with the mission of bringing individuals together to develop respect and understanding for all, especially those who have been disfranchised and marginalized.

  • We are looking for a detail-oriented, self-starter to join our team as a Program Administrative Assistant. (Continue reading in February 24 newsletter.)

  • OCCJ hosted a reunion dinner for past Anytown advisors last night. (Continue reading in February 11 newsletter.)

  • Join OCCJ on Monday, February 10, at 7 p.m. for a special screening of the film "Just Mercy" at Circle Cinema. This film shadows world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson as he recounts his experiences and details the case of a condemned death row prisoner whom he fought to free. (Continue reading in January 28 newsletter.)

  • After 30 successful years of uniting Tulsans in interfaith dialogue under the banner of the Trialogue series, OCCJ is excited to announce a new initiative in partnership with the Center for Religion in Public Life at Phillips Theological Seminary, "One from Many". (Continue reading in January 14, 2020, newsletter.)

  • We loved counting you as an ally in 2019 and wish you the best in the year ahead. (Continue reading December 31, 2019 newsletter)

  • I am filled with gratitude as I reflect 2019 and the progress our board, volunteers and staff have made towards our mission of achieving respect and understanding for all. Through OCCJ interfaith efforts, hundreds of youth and adults participated in programs designed to allow participants to learn to live in peace and harmony with others despite their theological differences. (Continue reading in December 17 newsletter.)

  • Today we celebrate GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement dedicated to unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities. We invite you to join us in this celebration with your gift – big or small. (Continue reading in December 3 newsletter.)

  • In this season of gratitude, we are thankful for our diverse network of supporters who allow us to work daily to achieve our mission of respect and understanding for all. Whether you started your OCCJ journey at Anytown Leadership Institute, as a member of our Board of Directors, volunteer or member, your involvement allows us to empower individuals to create inclusive communities, workplaces and schools through our dynamic diversity and inclusion programs for all ages. (Continue reading in November 27, 2019 Newsletter)

  • Earlier this year, we shared our membership program with exciting new benefits based on giving levels. Memberships allow us to fund programs like Anytown Leadership Institute and Different and the Same. (Continue reading in November 19, 2019, newsletter.)

  • When I moved to Tulsa ten years ago, I immediately fell in love with its kind residents. The people and culture of Tulsa are unlike any other; Tulsa’s continual movement towards change and how it embraces diverse people amazes me. (Continue reading in November 7, newsletter)

  • Tulsa People - Though Christmas is a day sacred to many, November and December also hold major and minor holidays recognized by the world’s religions. (Story continued on

  • Growing up two miles away from the Greenwood Cultural Center, I was exposed early on in my life to Tulsa’s history. I learned about the 1921 massacre and urban renewal before I learned algebra. (Continue reading in Thursday, October 17, newsletter.)

  • We are excited to honor Paula Marshall at our 61st Annual Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa on Thursday, October 24. Paula Marshall is the Chairman and CEO of The Bama Companies. (Continue reading in September 24, 2019, newsletter.)

  • Tonight we're honoring Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation at our Oklahoma City Annual Awards Dinner. We're celebrating his extensive record of service and outstanding commitment to improving human relations throughout the state. (Continue reading in September 10, 2019, newsletter.)

  • When Ginny Creveling, TulsaPeople’s 2006 Tulsan of the Year, talks about the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, she exudes enthusiasm.

  • We are only a few weeks away from our 2019 Oklahoma City Annual Awards Dinner honoring Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation. The dinner is Tuesday, September 10, at the Oklahoma History Center. Individual tickets are available for $250, or $125 for young professionals (under 40). (Continue reading in August 26, 2019, newsletter.)

  • OCCJ is pleased to honor Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation during the 2019 Oklahoma City Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at the Oklahoma History Center. (Continue reading in August 13, 2019, newsletter.)

  • We've launched a new membership program - join to take the benefits for a spin! (Read more in the July 30, 2019, newsletter.)

  • The OCCJ staff is out of office this week facilitating Anytown Leadership Institute. We're excited to share this transformative program with over 50 delegates from across the state. (Continue reading in the July 16 newsletter.)

  • OCCJ Statement on Act of Vandalism & Assault
    OCCJ Statement on Act of Vandalism & Assault
  • As we welcome the beginning of a new month, we also celebrate the halfway point in 2019. As we gear up for one of our biggest programs of the year, we would like to take a moment to highlight just a few of the activities and successes we’ve enjoyed as a team...(Continue reading in our July 1, 2019 newsletter.)

  • Applications are now open for the Inclusive Leadership Institute powered by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation. This dynamic leadership training approaches diversity and leadership issues from a no-fault, interactive foundation with the goal of affecting positive change. (Continue reading in June 18, 2019, newsletter.)

  • Anytown alumni, OCCJ staff and our friends at Phillips Theological Seminary walked in the Tulsa Pride Parade this weekend with our partners ONE Gas and TYPros. (Continue reading in June 2, 2019, newsletter.)

  • Anytown alumni, OCCJ board members and supporters are invited to join us for the Tulsa Pride Parade on Saturday, June 1. Parade steps-off promptly at 6:00 p.m. and our group will meet up at 5:30 p.m. in the staging area at Boston United Methodist Church. (Continue reading in May 21, 2019 newsletter.)

  • Shawnee News-Star - Local residents were among the graduating from Leadership Oklahoma this past week.

    Founded in 1986, Leadership Oklahoma is a statewide nonprofit organization that educates and connects the state’s premier leaders to help make a positive impact on the future of the State.

    *OCCJ President and CEO, Moises Echeverria, was a member of this graduating Leadership Oklahoma class.

  • The deadline to apply for the 2019 session of Anytown Leadership Institute is June 15, 2019, leaving enough time for potential delegates to finalize applications and secure glowing letters of recommendation in order to join us at OSU-Stillwater this summer. (Continue reading in May 7, 2019 newsletter.)

  • Tulsa World - Gary Percefull, often found with a helmet strapped to his head and a crew of kids riding behind him, has no regrets about trading in his school board seat for a bike seat. Tulsa Public Schools’ longtime District 1 representative decided against pursuing a fifth term this year, instead choosing to focus more on volunteer work. (Story continued on

    *Gary Percefull is a long-time Anytown Leadership Institute volunteer.

  • KTUL - Dr. Gary Peluso Verdend, 2019 Trialogue Chair, appears on Good Day Tulsa ahead of the first session of the series. (Watch the segment on

  • Tulsa World - The president of Concordia College-New York will be the speaker at the 32nd annual Knippa Interfaith Lecture. (Story continued on

    *OCCJ is one of the organizers of the Annual Interfaith Knippa Lecture.

  • Tulsa World - Moises Echeverria, president and CEO of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, said in a statement that the organization stands in solidarity with Jewish communities in Tulsa and Oklahoma.

    “Despite the distance that separates Tulsa and Pittsburgh, attacks against a community bring a painful reminder of the hate that exists everywhere and which can surface anywhere,” Echeverria wrote. “Our hearts are heavy for the senseless acts of hate and violence we continue to experience and witness. The dehumanization of individuals and groups, despite any differences, leads to blinded hate and human atrocities.”

  • OCCJ Statement in Response to Recent Acts of Hate and Violence
    OCCJ Statement in Response to Recent Acts of Hate and Violence

    October 2018

  • Tulsa People (October 2018) - Michelle and Clark Wiens to be honored at upcoming OCCJ Gala. (Continue reading in the October 2018 digital edition of Tulsa People magazine.)

  • KTUL Channel 8 - Sarah Rana is with the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice. She said we should all report or respond to a problem as soon as possible.

    Rana said, “Instead of getting upset and walking off, I have turned that into an educational moment and tell people these are the facts or this is how you made me feel and actually have a conversation. Or we won't get anywhere."

  • Tulsa World - Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corp. this week announced about 16,000 semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, including 72 from northeast Oklahoma.

    *Anytown Alumni Anna Byrd, McKenna Raley and Iyan Smith Williams were named National Merit Program semifinalists for 2019.

  • The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice was named the Outstanding Diversity and Inclusion Award winner for 2018 Philanthropy Day by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Eastern Oklahoma Chapter.

  • “Leadership Oklahoma is very proud of the 52 people chosen for this year’s program,” said Marion Paden, president, and CEO of The Ada News - Leadership Oklahoma. “Class 32 is a diverse group of outstanding leaders with a broad range of experience and interests who will enhance the knowledge and understanding of the critical issues impacting the state. Leadership Oklahoma is dedicated to recruiting, educating and connecting caring and committed Oklahomans and providing them with the information and network to create lasting change in Oklahoma.”

    *OCCJ President and CEO, Moises Echeverria, is a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class 32.

  • Tulsa World - Guardiola was nominated to attend Initiatives of Change, an international forum in Caux, Switzerland, that convenes about 1,500 participants from civil society, government and business. Run by the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the forum aims “to build a just, sustainable and peaceful world,” according to its website.

    He will be one of four local delegates chosen for the July 3-9 forum. Aliye Shimi of the Islamic Society of Tulsa; Michelle Place, director of the Tulsa Historical Society; and Moises Echeverria, president of Oklahoma Center for Community Justice, also were chosen to attend. (Story continued on

    *Officer Guardiola, featured in this article, is a member of the OCCJ Board of Directors.

  • “The Inclusive Leadership Institute was such an outstanding learning experience; even if you think you know a great deal about inclusion and leadership, I assure you that you’ll learn even more! Always ask, whose voice is not being heard?” (Continue reading in June 7, 2018 newsletter)

  • GTR Newspapers - Moises Echeverria’s path to the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice began 15 years ago when he experienced firsthand the nonprofit organization’s mission to spread respect and understanding. (Story continued on

  • News on 6 - Applications are open for this year's Anytown Leadership camp. This year's summer camp has a new name and new location.

  • Tulsa Business and Legal News - Four volunteers from Tulsa-area organizations were among those honored during Leadership Oklahoma’s seventh annual Helping Oklahoma Recognition Program.

    Adrienne Watt Nesser, director of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice; Molly Jarvis with Big Brothers Big Sisters Tulsa; Brian West with Mental Health Association Oklahoma and Hayley Rose with Susan G. Komen Tulsa were among those nominated for awards.

  • GTR Newspapers - Since 2010, GTR Newspapers has annually offered a series to highlight individuals who are predicted to be newsmakers in the coming year.

    GTR’s Ten to Watch in 2018 are... (Continue reading on GTR)

  • Tulsa World - One of my favorite holidays I adopted since moving to the United States is Thanksgiving Day. There is something special about gathering with loved ones in a spirit of gratefulness. It is a time to recognize the opportunities made available to us and the ability to seize them. It marks the beginning of a very palpable change in people’s attitudes and behaviors. It is as though Thanksgiving Day opens the door to a sentiment of our shared humanity, where charity and kindness are at the forefront of people’s minds. (Story continued on

  • NBC NEWS - Moises Echeverria, president and CEO of OCCJ, said Muslims4Mercy will positively highlight the good work that the community is doing. He said it’s important to have meaningful conversations about hate and diversity and to come together and reach out to folks who are different." (Story continued on

  • Tulsa World - The energy and momentum Tulsa has created are evident as you walk around downtown, visit one of our vibrant commercial districts or see improvements and investments our city is making. It is a good time to be a Tulsan. (Continue reading on TW)

  • Tulsa World - As of late, I suspect what I’m feeling is a mid-life crisis sparked by both the recent murder of my sister and the process of preparing my eldest daughter for college. I’m simply not ready to let either of them go. (Story continued on

  • News on 6 - About 200 people came together Sunday in the name of compassion for the first of a three-part Trialogue series on compassion at the Islamic Center. The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice has organized similar events for the past 30 years but this year the need to have more compassion stood out even more. (Story continued on

  • KTUL Channel 8 - Sarah Rana, Director of Programs, appears on Good Day Tulsa ahead of 2017 Interfaith Tour. (Watch full segment on

  • OCCJ Statement on Immigration Ban

    OCCJ Statement on Immigration BanOCCJ Statement on Immigration Ban - January 28, 2017

  • KTUL Channel 8 - Thursday, November 17, 2016

  • The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice (OCCJ) will honor Sam Presti, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder, at the 2016 Humanitarian Awards Dinner to be held at the Skirvin Hilton on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016.

  • Moises Echeverria, the new interim president and chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, is at the helm of an organization that he says changed his life when he was a shy student at East Central High School who spoke broken English.

  • They are called buddy benches, and they will soon be turning up on playgrounds of area elementary schools.

  • Nabholz Construction’s Shane Fernandez will discuss how ethics and diversity drive innovation during the next Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium (OK Ethics) luncheon on March 24.

  • Daily Oklahoman
    Aug. 31, 2014

  • Tulsa People
    August 2014

    J.D. Wessinger, featured in this article, is a Camp Anytown alum.

  • Tulsa World
    June 18, 2014

  • Tulsa Kids
    June 2014

  • Tulsa People
    December 2013