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/ICPJ Summer Potluck

Would you like to spend a bit of social time with other ICPJ members and members-to-be…. (aka this could be everyone we all know!!!)

Join ICPJ members from throughout Washtenaw County for a One Human Family Picnic Potluck at the Ypsilanti Senior Center. This is a free, public event open to all individuals interested in meeting new people and enjoying yummy food! Bring a favorite dish from your original or adoptive culture as well as your family and friends for a fun evening! 

What do you think this event should look like? Would you like to help ICPJ plan this event? Are you good at connecting with new people or facilitating ice breakers? Would you be interested in providing entertainment or games for children? Contact if you’d like to help! Thanks! 

Cups, plates, and silverware will be provided. Hope to see you there – bring a few friends!


Date/time: Sunday, August 27, 2017 – 4:00 to 7:00 pm 

Location: Ypsilanti Senior Center – 1015 Congress Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (Recreation Park)

Cost: Free, all are welcome

For more information: Email or call 734-663-1870 for details.

“What is Congregational Sanctuary?” Ann Arbor Area Presentation

The Education/Outreach team of Washtenaw Congregational Sanctuary (WCS) a new collaboration of Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice (ICPJ) and Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR) will offer a 90 minute workshop on Thursday, August 24th at the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch. This is a free, public meeting open to all individuals, community groups or congregations looking to gain a better understanding of what providing support for sanctuary means in Washtenaw County. You do not need to be a member of a faith community to be involved or to learn more.
Thursday, August 24, 2017 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm 

Location: Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch – 343 S Fifth Ave

Cost: Free, all are welcome

Co-sponsored by: Washtenaw Congregational Sanctuary (WCS), Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice (ICPJ), Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR)

For more information: Email or call 734-663-1870 for details.

A flyer for this event can be downloaded HERE. Please post/share widely. Thanks! 

Peace and Conscience Trainings

Are you committed to creating nonviolent, peaceful cultures in your private and public lives?

Would you like some valuable tools to strengthen your social activism or to develop a foundation to begin? 

Do you want to journey with others embracing a new vision for the future of our communities?

ICPJ has the training for you! 

Intensive Peace and Conscience Facilitator Training

July 28 – August 6, 2017, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Based on the Alternatives to Violence Project, this workshop extends to skills honed in war zones and areas of violence in Asia through Friends Peace Teams ( We learned that real peace requires learning in order to not revert to expedient violence, and real learning requires peace in order to not revert to drilling and memorization. We collected tools found essential for creating and preserving cultures of peace. 
Nadine Hoover of is offering this interactive training in Ann Arbor, which may initiate an ongoing, local training group, building skills for transforming power, trauma resiliency, creative play, the liberty of conscience, overcoming oppression, and organizing based on discernment. 
Experiential training in the operating dynamics of creating cultures of peace in our private and public lives for adults and teens, age 13 and older.  Download the flyer

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One Human Family Yard Signs and Banners

What 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!

MARCH – Multiple Events leading up to Congressman Lewis’ Ann Arbor September 21, 2017 Visit


CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS – Often called  “one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced,” John Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls “The Beloved Community” in America.   

MARCH is the award-winning, #1 bestselling graphic novel trilogy recounting Congressman Lewis’ life in the movement, co-written with Andrew Aydin and drawn by Nate Powell AND they are all coming to Ann Arbor on September 21, 2017!  Participants in the ICPJ led programming will have an opportunity to see the event with reserved seats.

Ann Arbor 8/30 – FUN with Social Justice Comics 

Bring the kids (or not) and join the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice for a fun midday break and intro to graphic novels and comic books featuring social justice themes! This free, public event is open to kids of all ages interested in having some end-of-summer fun before back-to-school is here.  Facilitated by La’Ron Williams: professional storyteller, artist, workshop facilitator, and a member of the Racial and Economic Task Force of the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.  Don’t miss this fun afternoon event! 

Date/time: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – 12:00 to 1:30 pm

Location: Vault of Midnight (comic book store) 219 South Main St, Ann Arbor

Other: No drop-off, please plan to stay with kids. Pizza provided!  

Visit ICPJ Facebook events for more information and to share the fun with your friends!  

Ann Arbor/Chelsea 9/13-14: Facilitated Discussions of MARCH

Join the Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice for a facilitated book discussion on the graphic novel trilogy March. March is authored by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. This powerful series describes Congressman John Lewis’s experiences as one of the key leaders in the civil rights movement.

La’Ron Williams will be facilitating the Ann Arbor book discussion. La’Ron is a member of the Racial and Economic Task Force of the Ann Arbor Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, workshop facilitator, artist and a professional storyteller. 

Angela Berent and Jane Pacheco will be facilitating the Chelsea ICPJ book discussion.  Angela is a teacher, writer, and social justice champion with a Master of Education degree. Jane is on staff at ICPJ and serves on Chelsea City Council as well as a variety of boards and community/school groups.

Ann Arbor Date/Location:  Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice – 1414 Hill St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Chelsea Date/Location:  Thursday, September 14, 2017 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Zou Zou’s Cafe – 101 North Main St, Chelsea, MI 48118 

These events are a part of a larger series of events that the University of Michigan and other local groups are hosting leading up to Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell’s visit to the University of Michigan on September 21, 2017. Participants in ICPJ led programming will have an opportunity to attend the 9/21 event with reserved seats.

Ann Arbor 9/21 – Lewis, Aydin, & Powell at Michigan Theater

Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell will visit the University of Michigan on September 21, 2017. An ongoing series of Fall 2017 events will bring the Civil Rights Movement to life, inspire critical reflection on social justice advocacy, and spark initiatives that catalyze change.

This event series—a kickoff to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium—is co-presented by the International Institute’s Conflict and Peace Initiative and the King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professors Program as part of the regular Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series. Additional support is provided by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Department of Political Science; Institute for the Humanities; Office of Community-Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL); Rackham Graduate School; and Office of Research.

Date/time: Thursday, September 21, 2017 – 5:00 to 6:30 pm

Location:  Michigan Theater 606 East Liberty St, Ann Arbor

More info:  For more information about events leading up to the UM sponsored visit on September 21 – visit the official UM website. For more information on Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice events contact

Racial Justice Film & Discussion 

Join LaRon Williams for engaging community discussions on race and racial justice. LaRon is a member of the Racial and Economic Task Force of the Ann Arbor Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, a workshop facilitator and a professional storyteller. 

Watch the film Every Mother’s Son followed by a moderated discussion in a safe, welcoming setting. Every Mother’s Son tells the story of three mothers that have lost their sons because of unjustified or questionable tactics by police. These mothers have come together to question the necessity of aggressive and militarized police tactics. This film describes how aggressive police tactics coupled with high stakes public policy creates dangerous conditions for low-    income communities.

Date/time: Sunday, August 20, 2017 – 2:00 to 4:45 pm

Location: Ypsilanti District Library – 5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Cost: Free, all adults and mature teens are welcome

For more information: Email or call 734-663-1870 for details.

Creating Cultures of Peace

Creating Cultures of Peace: An Interactive Intergenerational FREE Event!

For people of love and conscience to:

• Meet people creating cultures of peace in our private and public lives.
• Enjoy an evening of stories, activities, insights and art.
• Learn an ecology of activities that universally preserve peace.
•Create peace with the Earth and with each other.

Featuring Trainers:

Nadine Hoover coaches citizens to create cultures of peace in the most unlikely places, refugee to extremist to professional to farming communities. She offers training
and materials through Conscience Studio, maintains the Power of Goodness Global Story Pool, and
coordinates Friends Peace Teams in Asia West Pacific.

Autumn Star serves as a postpartum doula for families with new infants and a mentor
for teens. They facilitate retreats, learning events and non-violence training. Autumn is a grown unschooler, dancer and peopleperson who honors the joy and pain that is living and learning in the world today.

Su Hansen leads non-violence workshops including Bystander Intervention trainings for Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (ICPJ) and Meta Peace Team. She is a psychotherapist and personal and spiritual guide and helps clients create peaceful lives and families.

WHEN: Saturday, August 5, 7:00-9:00pm
WHERE: Ann Arbor Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Free and open to the public.
Bring snacks to share, drinks provided.

Download the flyer or poster.

*Co-Sponsored by ICPJ, Conscience Studio, Power of Goodness, and AVP



One Human Family Bumper Stickers and Buttons are Now Available!

Many of you have asked for other One Human Family items that you can display on a computer, a bag, or a car and we have answered!  3″ x 9″ Bumper stickers and 1.75″ buttons are now available!

Button:  $2.00 (includes shipping & handling) – Order here.

Bumper Sticker:  $3.00  (includes shipping & handling) – Order here.

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