Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice inspires, educates, and mobilizes people to unite across differences and to act from their shared ethical and spiritual values in pursuit of peace with social and environmental justice.

Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice envisions a world free from violence, including the violence of war, poverty, oppression, and environmental devastation. To enact this vision, we commit to nurture a community in which compassion and respect foster actions that dismantle systems of violence while simultaneously creating systems of peace, justice, and ecological sustainability.

One Human Family Yard Signs and Banners

 WIMG_1087hat can we do in the face of the growing anti-Muslim and anti-Refugee rhetoric in the US?  We can speak out for inclusion!

The Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice and Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County  launched the One Human Family campaign in 2016 to mobilize religious and community voices to say NO to hate and fear-mongering and YES to inclusion and welcoming.

Show your support by ordering your yard sign or banner here today!

All About ICPJ

LogoWhether you have known about ICPJ for years, or only just heard about us through the One Human Family campaign, please join us to learn about the ICPJ’s peace and justice work in today’s changing political landscape.

It will be an informal one hour conversation about what ICPJ does and why it matters to you, our community, and the world. Feel free to invite your friends, family, and neighbors so that they can join you in getting plugged in and making a difference.

For your convenience, we will hold multiple sessions:

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Responding to the Fire at the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti

Last night there was a fire at the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti. The fire is under investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and there is a reward for information about the fire.

At this time, very little is known about the fire, but in the climate of increased attacks against religious minorities, including a recent bomb threat against the Hebrew Day School in Ann Arbor, many in our community are feeling scared and vulnerable.

Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Support Rebuilding: Our Contacts with the Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor (which is not directly affiliated with the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti) have informed us that a crowdfunding campaign is available at https://www.launchgood.com/project/rebuild_islamic_center_of_ypsilanti.
  • Attend the Open House at the Plymouth Road Mosque: The Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor will be hosting an open house on March 19 from 4:30-8:30pm at 2301 Plymouth Rd.
  • Learn About Islam and Religious Diversity: Consider attending an Islam 101 class by the Muslim Community Association, or contact info@icpj.org to find out about hosting a speaker about Islam or on other themes of religous inclusion.
  • Attend a Bystander Intervention Training: Most aggressions against vulnerable populations are smaller-scale: hassling on the bus, an off-handed comment at the water cooler, or exclusion from cultural depictions. Learn the skills to stand up and intervene to keep people safe and promote inclusion. We have upcoming trainings in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. We have more in the pipeline, and our trainers are available for community, religious, professional, or other groups as well. Email Jane Pacheco at jane@icpj.org for details.

As more information becomes available we will post it on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/icpja2

ICPJ Annual Meeting

Please join us for our annual membership meeting to vote on Board Members and learn more about who we are and what we do!

Date/Time: March 23, 7:00-8:30 pm

Location: Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104

For more information:  info@icpj.org, 734-663-1870

Bystander Intervention Training– Ann Arbor

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As we see media accounts of attacks against immigrants, Muslims, and other populations, many of us have asked ourselves, “what would I do if I were there?”

The good news is that there are skills and techniques that you can learn and practice to keep others safe.

You don’t have to be passive! This training will show you how to respond. Sheri Wander, trainer for Meta Peace Team, and other facilitators will co-teach the basic tactics you can use to de-escalate or redirect threats and harassment.

Date/Time: Sunday, March 26 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Location: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ann Arbor, 1400 W. Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI

Cost: $20 regular price. In addition we have set aside a number of free or reduced-price spaces available for those who need them. There are also spaces set aside for members of targeted communities (people of color, LGBTQ community, Muslims, immigrants, etc).

Registration: Register here. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

For more information: Email info@icpj.org or call 734-663-1870 for details.

Bystander Intervention Training– Ypsilanti

As we see media accounts of attacks against immigrants, Muslims, and other populations, many of us have asked ourselves, “what would I do if I were there?”

The good news is that there are skills and techniques that you can learn and practice to keep others safe.

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You don’t have to be passive! This training will show you how to respond. Sheri Wander, trainer for Meta Peace Team, and other facilitators will co-teach the basic tactics you can use to de-escalate or redirect threats and harassment.

Co-Sponsor: Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), Ypsilanti chapter

Date/Time: Saturday, March 18 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: SPARK East, 215 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Cost: $20 regular price. In addition we have set aside a number of free or reduced-price spaces available for those who need them. There are also spaces set aside for members of targeted communities (people of color, LGBTQ community, Muslims, immigrants, etc).

Registration: Register here. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. (SURJ members, when registering, please enter organization name ‘SURJ’ to purchase your ticket.)

For more information: Email info@icpj.org or call 734-663-1870 for details.

Bystander Intervention Training – Chelsea

As we see media accounts of attacks against immigrants, Muslims, and other populations, many of us have asked ourselves, “what would I do if I were there?”

The good news is that there are skills and techniques that you can learn and practice to keep others safe.

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You don’t have to be passive! This training will show you how to respond. Sheri Wander, trainer for Meta Peace Team, and other facilitators will co-teach the basic tactics you can use to de-escalate or redirect threats and harassment.

Date/Time: Sunday, March 12 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Location: Chelsea Senior Center/Washington Street Education Center – 500 Washington Street

Cost: $20 regular price. In addition we have set aside a number of free or reduced-price spaces available for those who need them. There are also spaces set aside for members of targeted communities (people of color, LGBTQ community, Muslims, immigrants, etc).

Registration: Register here. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

For more information: Email info@icpj.org or call 734-663-1870 for details.

 

Just Eat It – Film, Discussion & Waste to Plate Snacks

North American households waste 15-20% of all the food they buy. This movie follows a couple from Vancouver who take a six-month challenge to survive only on discarded food. After the movie, we’ll discuss strategies to waste less. A light lunch will be provided using foods at risk of being discarded.

Date/Time: March 19, 1:00-3:00pm

Cost: Free.

Co-sponsored by: Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), Temple Beth Emeth (TBE), Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (ICPJ), 1st Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor (Mindful Eating Team).

Location: First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor (UUAA), 4001 Ann Arbor Saline Rd, Ann Arbor MI 48103.

For more information: Contact Merrill Crocket at crockettmerrill@aol.com.

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