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.

Latin America Dinner & a Movie Series 2018

Join the Latin American Task Force of ICPJ on the second Tuesday of every month (January through May 2018) for a special Dinner & a Movie series focusing on Latin American issues and the social justice connections that affect us all.

When:  Second Tuesday of every month through May

January 9 – It Was the State

February 13 – Report from Nogales

March 13 – The Other Side of Immigration

April 10 – 500 Years: Life in Resistance

May 18 – Berta Vive

Location: St. Mary’s Student Parish, 331 Thompson St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Film is free and open to the public.

DINNER OPTION: $8.00 Pilar’s Tamales Meal – Includes one Tamale with salsa, organic casamiento, fried plantains, and curtido (veg. option available). Please RSVP to reserve your meal.

RSVP/more info:

Bystander Intervention Training – Ann Arbor

Over the past year, we have seen an alarming increase in hate crimes and attacks against immigrant, Muslim, LGBTQ+, and other vulnerable populations in our communities, as well as across the country. Have you asked yourself, “What could I have done if I were there?” Have you witnessed someone being harassed, but were stifled or frozen by fear and didn’t know what to do?

The good news is that there are lifelong skills and techniques that you can learn and practice to keep each other safe. Our 4 hour Basic Bystander Training will show you how to respond. Experienced and certified ICPJ facilitators will teach you the basic tactics you can use to deescalate and/or redirect threats and harassment through non-violent methods and strategies.

Past participant tesimonials:

“I took part in a group that taught non-violence response to personal violence recently. It was very empowering to myself and I was very glad I attended.”

“Wonderfully enlightening program. Great leaders and group participation. I encourage everyone in the area to attend one of these sessions.”

Not only will you learn more about non-violence, but also how to be an active listener and to understand that we have more in common than we have differences. When we can come together with an open heart, the better we can help one another.

Cultivating communities of compassion and care begins with US.

Pre-registration is required.
Cost: $20 ICPJ Members; $30 non-ICPJ Members; $45 New membership + training fee

*Be part of the ICPJ community for ONLY $25/year! You’ll receive discounts on all of our trainings, workshops, and events, as well as stay up to date through our e-updates and quarterly newsletter. Become a Member today by choosing the third registration option for $45 and start receiving your discount right away!

Register through Eventbrite HERE.

Scholarship tickets are also available, contact Germaine, or 734-663-1870 for more info.

Light refreshments are provided.

WHEN: Saturday February 3, 2018 – 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

WHERE: Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor, 2275 Platt Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The Sultan and the Saint: Film & Discussion

The Sultan and the Saint tells one of the great, lost stories from history. Set in a past period of East-West conflict, it speaks with urgency to our present. Two men of faith, one an itinerant Christian preacher, the other the ruler of a Muslim Empire, bucked a century of war, distrust, and insidious propaganda in a search for mutual respect and common ground.

It is the story of Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, and their meeting on a bloody battlefield during the period of Christian-Muslim conflict known as the Crusades. This is big history, important history.

It is intended for mature audiences. 
Free. All welcome. Refreshments and discussion to follow. 

What: Viewing of The Sultan and the Saint, followed by refreshments and discussion
When: Wednesday, January 31 at 7:30PM
Where: St. Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church, 2309 Packard St, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
Who:  Free and open to the public. Due to depictions of graphic violence in the film it is intended for mature audiences. 
Sponsored by Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, St. Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church and by the Islamic Center of Ann Arbor.

Appreciation Party

Come show appreciation for fellow ICPJ community members at our Appreciation Party on Thursday, December 14 at 7:00PM. The Appreciation Party is a great opportunity to connect with those in the ICPJ community and maybe even meet someone new.

This informal gathering is hosted at the Detroit Filling Station, a casual dining restaurant and bar in Kerrytown; and a portion of the restaurant’s proceeds go to support Youth Justice Fund. What better way to show appreciation for our incredible ICPJ community while also supporting local business? All are welcome to this event, no RSVP necessary.

Who: All are welcome!

When: Thursday, December 14 from 7:00PM – 9:00 PM

Where: Detroit Filling Station, 300 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Film & Discussion: The Great White Hoax

“The Great White Hoax: Donald Trump and The Politics of Race and Class in America Featuring Tim Wise” is a film about Donald Trump’s charged rhetoric about African-Americans, Latinos, and Muslims fits within a longstanding historical pattern, offering a stunning survey of how racism and racial scapegoating have shaped American politics for centuries.

After the film, join a community conversation and safely talk and learn about race and racism. This bimonthly discussion series is moderated by La’Ron Williams, racial justice educator, peace activist, and professional storyteller.


  • Sunday January 14 at 2pm – 5pm – film showing and discussion
  • Sunday February 18 2pm – 5pm – continued discussion only

Where:  Ypsilanti District Library (YDL), 5577 Whittaker Road

Questions? 734-482-4110 x1377

Coffee Chats & Monthly Orientations with ICPJ

Coffee Chats with ICPJ!

Feeling a little sluggish after a full week of work? Come on down to Mighty Good every Friday on Main St in Ann Arbor to renew your energy with some caffeine and social justice conversation on Friday morning to jump start your day. New to social justice work and heard about ICPJ, but not sure what we’re all about? Come find out who we are, what we do, and how you can join the ICPJ community.

Bring a smile, say hello, and let’s have a chat!

WHEN: Every Friday, 2017 Schedule – 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15

WHERE: Mighty Good Coffee, 217 N Main, Ann Arbor, 48104

ICPJ Monthly Orientations

What better way than to wind down on a Monday evening or re-energize at lunch time and meet some new folks the ICPJ Peace and Justice Center! We invite you to join us for a full introduction and orientation about the scope and nature of our work and what community organizing looks like on the front lines. Learn about who we are, what we do, and how you can join the ICPJ community. From becoming a member to leadership development, there lots of engaging ways for you to be a part of the impactful work we provide to the community.

We hope that you leave feeling spiritually nourished, inspired, and ready to take the next steps to mobilize for social justice!

WHEN: First Monday and Wednesday of the each month, 2017 schedule –

Monday December 4, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Wednesday December 6, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

WHERE: ICPJ, 1414 Hill St, Ann Arbor, 48104

Download the flyer HERE

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