Bettering the San Diego Region Through Multireligious Cooperation


Building Trust Partnership

The Building Trust Partnership is an initiative of the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Kroc IPJ) at the University of San Diego which supports religious leaders of all faith backgrounds across San Diego County who are working to improve relationships and build trust between police and communities. Two important resources are available to help faith leaders in this work – The Building Trust Partnership Handbook and website (

The handbook documents 15 concrete approaches that religious leaders can take to build trust and offers suggestions for getting started.

The website includes community-specific information like: names and contact details of local police leaders and community relations officers; dates, times and locations of community meetings; and contact information for other religious leaders already working on this issue. The website also includes videos documenting successful efforts to engage police and communities that are meant to both inform and inspire.

Presently the Kroc IPJ is creating community cohorts of religious leaders to identify challenges and develop solutions to improve police-community relations in their neighborhoods. The Kroc IPJ is supporting these community cohorts however needed, for example creating connections with police and other stakeholders, securing necessary resources, coordinating logistics and communication, and facilitating events and meetings.

If you want to get involved in this initiative, please contact Daniel Orth at


Interfaith Justice Program

J. Lee Hill, Jr. is the Interfaith Justice Coordinator of Alliance San Diego. His work at Alliance is focused on developing an interfaith coalition of empowered faith leaders, and people of good conscience, to engage in collective strategies that lift up our shared values. He is an ordained minister with full standing in both the Alliance of Baptists and the United Church of Christ, with more than fifteen years of experience as a religious leader and justice advocate.  He has earned degrees and alumni distinctions from both George Mason and Wake Forest, and received a doctorate from Emory University. He concurrently serves as a local church pastor in the Emerald Hills community of Southeast San Diego.

Alliance San Diego community empowerment organization that builds coalitions to promote justice and social change. Through the following areas of focus, we mobilize communities to ensure that all San Diegans reach their full potential:

  • Leadership Development
  • Policy Advocacy
  • Communication Strategies
  • Civic Engagement




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