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.

Racial Justice Book Group: Between the World and Me

10BOOK-blog427-v2#1 New York Times bestseller!

Ta-Nehisi Coates’s #1 New York Times bestseller has been called “Required reading” by Toni Morrison for its gripping exploration of the nation’s racial history and current turmoil. Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times “Powerful and passionate . . . profoundly moving . . . a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today.”

When: 7:00pm each session. Here’s the tentative discussion schedule:

  • Tuesday, September 29, discussing chapter 1;
  • Tuesday, October 27 discussing chapter 2;
  • Tuesday, November 24 discussing chapter 3.

Where:  Northside Presbyterian/St. Aidan’s Episcopal Lounge, 1679 Broadway, Ann Arbor

Who: Free and Open to the public. For details, contact Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice at www.icpj.org, 734-663-1870, info@icpj.org

“This is required reading.” Toni Morrison

 

“Then and Now” issue of ICPJ Newsletter: 50 years of ICPJ

Download the Summer 2015 ICPJ newsletter looking at our 50th anniversary

Download the Summer 2015 ICPJ newsletter looking at our 50th anniversary

The Summer 2015 ICPJ Newsletter is now available online. Check out the great articles about ICPJ Then and Now, including reflections from the CROP Hunger Walk, racial justice, economic justice, and more.

Want to get the newsletter in your mailbox? Join today!

Volunteer Opportunities!

Have you been thinking about volunteering your time toward a worthy cause or local organization?  Do you have expertise in or have good graphic design skills, good at decorating, arts & crafts, event planning, or just want to help an awesome organization?  Then come join our dynamic and talented ICPJ volunteer team today!

ICPJ is busy planning all types of programming and events for this fall, but we are also planning a few fun events that celebrate and pay tribute to the five decades of important work that has been done by our ICPJ community as well as shine a light on the energy and initiatives that will propel us into 2016 and beyond!

Members and volunteers make our work possible! We are looking for several individuals or groups of folks who are eager to support our work by helping with any number of event related tasks such as: publicity, sponsorship requests, silent auction coordination, decorations, general day of support (setup, clean up, etc.). You don’t need to join a planning committee in order to be a great help. We are flexible and can find a good fit for you! (Of course, you are always welcome to come to any meetings!)

  • The Barbara Fuller Memorial Picnic will take place on Sunday, August 9 at Island Park, Ann Arbor.
  • The fourth Peace All Star Concert (Honoring Black Lives) will take place on Saturday, October 17 at Genesis of Ann Arbor.
  • The ICPJ 50th Anniversary Celebration will take place on Saturday, November 14 at Washtenaw Community College.

Thanks for considering helping with the generous gift of your time. We appreciate the offer!  Hope to hear from you soon. Feel free to call the office at 734-663-1870 or email jane@icpj.org

In peace,

Jane Pacheco

ICPJ Program and Development Coordinator

 

 

Interrupters Needed

Interrupter flierFinalRecent weeks have seen disturbing youth violence in Ypsilanti, and the community is stepping up to stop the violence.

You can help! Volunteer to be an “Interrupter.”

What: Interrupters are volunteers willing to walk door to door handing out packets of information as part of a public education campaign to Interrupt the violence in our neighborhoods.

For More Info Contact: WCSO Street Outreach Team, jacksond@ewashtenaw.org, (734) 973‐4974.
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Barbara Fuller Memorial Picnic

Please join us in celebrating the life of ICPJ founder, Barbara Fuller, whose work touched the lives of so many in our community and beyond.  Please bring a dish to pass, place settings, blankets, chairs, family, & friends. Make peace cranes, lantern boats, play games and meet new people!

WHEN:  Sunday August 9 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

WHERE: Big pavilion at Island Park in Ann Arbor

Click here to download the flyer.

Condemning the Charleston shooting is easy, uprooting racism is hard

Dylann Roof's racism was blatent and horrific, and condemning it is easy. But much of what drives current racial inequality is subtle and structural, and it deserves just as much attention.

Dylann Roof’s racism was blatent and horrific, and condemning it is easy. But much of what drives current racial inequality is subtle and structural, and it deserves just as much attention.

Here’s what’s bothering me about the outpouring about Charleston–It’s too easy.

It’s easy to denouce a mass-murderer who is an avowed racist, massacres people in a house of worship, and wants to start a race war.

But that’s just the most ugly manifestation of a much broader malady. Continue Reading »

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