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.

“Why Do They Flee?” – Connecting US Militarization and the Human Rights Crisis in Honduras

We have heard about the crisis of so many Honduran children and youth trying to cross the border into the US. Come to this event to hear a first-hand experiences about the current crisis in Honduras itself that has forced these children to leave.

The situation in Honduras has reached epic proportions since a military coup that took place in 2009. State-sponsored violence against protesters of the coup, journalists, attorneys, landless farmers, the LGBT community, and human rights defenders has reached disturbing heights.

Padre Melo is a Jesuit priest and human rights advocate who is the director of Radio Progreso – an independent, progressive radio station for social justice in Honduras. He is an outspoken critic of the coup d’etat of June 28, 2009. Since the coup, Radio Progreso has been threatened and raided by military troops. Despite these threats, Padre Melo continues to speak for those with no voices throughout Honduras.

He will be visiting St. Mary’s Chapel in Ann Arbor and will share his first-hand experience that US militarization is having on Honduras and what needs to be done.

See our flyer (English- Spanish) for more details and please pass the word to others.
We look forward to seeing you on April 8!!

What: Padre Melo – “Why Do They Flee?” The Human Rights Crisis in Honduras
When: Wednesday, April 8, 7:30 pm
Where: St. Mary Student Chapel – 331 Thompson St, Ann Arbor

ICPJ Benefit Concert Apr. 18 featuring Charlie King

We are very excited to feature Charlie King at the ICPJ Benefit Concert on April 18th.

Buy your tickets today!

As a musical storyteller and political satirist, Charlie sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people, in the tradition of Woody Guthrie, Malvina Reynolds, and Pete Seeger.

Jeanne Mackey & Eric Fithian will open the show.

All proceeds benefit the work of ICPJ.

WHAT: ICPJ Benefit Concert featuring Charlie King
: Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 8:00 to 10:30 PM
WHERE: Church of the Good Shepherd – 2145 Independence Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

$15 – General Admission
$35 – Sponsor
$50 – Benefactor–includes CD

Purchase tickets here

Questions? Contact

New “Ripples of Hope – an Intro to ICPJ” dates now available!

2015 Flyer  ICPJ info event joint flyerPlease join us at an upcoming “Ripples of Hope – an Intro to ICPJ” to learn more about the Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice and our work.

These one-hour information events are just enough time to hear about the exciting Food & Justice 2015 focus as well as inspirational stories of important peace and justice work.

Refreshments will be served.

To sign up for a date, more information, or to host an event at your congregation or community group please contact


Dates & Times:

Sunday, March 15, 10-11 am
Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church – 1717 Broadway, Ann Arbor, MI

Sunday, March 22, 12:30-1:30 pm
New Beginnings Community Church – 4859 Ellsworth Road, Ypsilanti, MI

Monday, March 23, 7-8 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church – 1400 West Stadium Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI

Wednesday, March 25, 7-8 pm
St. Mary Student Parish – 331 Thompson St, Ann Arbor, MI

Tuesday, March 31, 7-8 pm 
St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Church – 2250 East Stadium Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI

Tuesday, April 14, 7-8 pm
Temple Beth Emeth/St. Claire’s Episcopal –  2309 Packard St, Ann Arbor, MI

How Faith Communities Can Change the World One Meal at a Time

Join us for this exciting panel discussion as interfaith leaders explore how their faith traditions take action on issues of food justice.

You will hear how each community is making a meaningful impact in all areas of the food system addressing issues like hunger, worker’s rights and climate change.

FREE and open to the public.

WHAT: How Faith Communities Can Change the World One Meal at a Time – Panel Discussion
WHEN: Thursday, March 19 – 7:00 pm
WHERE: Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch – 343 South 5th Avenue Ann Arbor, MI

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2015 ICPJ Annual Meeting: #BlackLivesMatter, Food and Justice, and more

Picture5WHEN: Sunday, March 29, 2015, 4-6pm

WHERE: Brown Chapel AME Church, 1043 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

WHAT: Join us for an time to share food, inspiration, and community.

4:00-5:00 Appetizer reception, State of the organization report, and board election
5:00-6:00 Program featuring

  • Spoken word performance by Darius Simpson
  • Feature presentation, “The Toxic Relationship Between the Police and Communities of Color: How it began – How it can end” by Mark Fancher, staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan.

WHO: Free and open to the public. Voting open to all current ICPJ members as of March 22. Become a member today.

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Job Announcement: Administrative and Program Support Specialist

hiring_graphicPosition Summary: The Administrative and Program Support Specialist will work with other staff and volunteer team members to support the work of Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (ICPJ) to bring people together across their differences to make a difference on current social issues. The Administrative and Program Support Specialist will facilitate ICPJ’s program work through the logistical support (booking venues for events, tracking RSVPs), communications (mass emails, social media postings), and follow up (tracking participation, follow-up communications) necessary for grassroots social change. The Administrative and Program Support Specialist will also assist with the operational tasks such as bookkeeping and support necessary to keep the organization functioning. Continue Reading »

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