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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Racial Justice Book Group: Give Us The Ballot

Join the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice Racial Justice Book Group for a discussion of Give Us The Ballot by Ari Berman.

Give us the Ballot was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post. Fifty years since the landmark passage of the voting rights act in 1965, access to the ballot remains one of the most important civil rights issues of our time.

What: Racial Justice Book Group Discussion of Give us the Ballot 

Who: Discussion facilitated by La’Ron Williams. Free and open to the public. 

Where: Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, 1420 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

When: 7:00 p.m. on 4th Tuesdays. Reading schedule is:

  • April 25 – Prologue through the end of Chapter 2 (Pgs. 3 – 64)
  • May 23 – Chapters 3 and 4 (Pgs. 65 – 120)
  • June 27 – Chapters 5, 6, 7 (Pgs. 121 – 206)
  • July 25 – Chapters 8, 9, 10 (Pgs. 207 – 314)

We encourage you to support local and independent bookstores. If you do choose to shop online please use the ICPJ affiliate link.

Bystander Intervention Training – Dexter

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 April 30, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 3279 Broad St, Dexter, 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 – Ann Arbor

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 April 23, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: First Congregational Church Ann Arbor, 608 E William St, Ann Arbor

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.

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: Saturday April 8, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Growing Hope Marketplace, 16 S. Washington, Ypsilanti, MI 48198

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.

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

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