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.

Peace Team Trainings – Ann Arbor & Chelsea

With the tragic events that occurred Charlottesville and concern being raised that there could be a white supremacist rally in the Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti area it seems more important than ever to expand our community’s took kit for response. A violence reduction peace team has been proven to help protect life, and human rights and to reduce violence. Meta Peace Team (formally Michigan Peace Team) has learned so much since our effective use of Peace Teams when the KKK held a rally in Ann Arbor in 1998 and we are eager to share those experiences with you.

Participants will explore nonviolence in the “big picture”; what it means, how it is used, and how good-hearted, well-intentioned individuals can disagree yet still work together. They will learn and gain practice in specific skills & tools that are useful both in conflict intervention situations and in daily life (such as Active Listening, Personal Power-messages, and the CLARA technique). They will be introduced to tools for group work (Affinity teams and consensus decision making) and to the concept of “peace teams” or third-party nonviolent intervention (TPNI) and its scope of possibilities. Most importantly, it will teach the skills to de-escalate a potentially violent situation. You will be introduced to tools for group work (Affinity teams and consensus decision making) and to the concept of “peace teams” or third-party nonviolent intervention (TPNI) and its scope of possibilities. Most importantly, it will teach the skills to de-escalate a potentially violent situation.

Pre-registration is required. Cost: $45/person. Scholarship tickets are available, contact Germaine, or 734-663-1870 for more info.

Vegetarian lunch and snacks provided.

To download the flyer, click here.


ANN ARBOR – September 30, 9:00 – 5:00 PM, Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

CHELSEA – October 7, 9:00 – 5:00 PM – First Congregational Church of Chelsea, 121 E Middle St, Chelsea, MI 48118

*Co-Sponsored by the Meta Peace Team(

Basic Bystander Intervention Training – Ypsilanti

As we see an increase in hate crimes and attacks against immigrants, Muslims, and other vulnerable populations in our communities, 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. Our 4 hour Basic Bystander Training will show you how to respond. Sheri Wander, with 20+ years of peace keeping training with the Meta Peace Team, and other 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. For more info contact, Germaine, or 734-663-1870.

WHEN:  Saturday October 21, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

WHERE: Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

*Sponsored by the Ypsilanti District Library

Community Organizing Brown Bag– 7 Principles of Community Organizing

Community Organizing can be holding a rally or circulating a petition, but it is also much more than that. Come join ICPJ Director Chuck Warpehoski as he presents seven core community organizing principles that he has used over the last 18 years of work in the field. Bring a lunch and learn how he uses concepts such as “organizing is about relationships,” “focus on action,” and “meet people where they are” to build movements for social transformation. Whether you’re a veteran activist or just thinking of getting involved, this workshop will provide you useful information about how to make a difference. 

Date: Tuesday, September 26 from noon – 1:00 pm

Cost: Suggested donation $10 members, $20 non-members. Details:, 734-663-1870. Register online.

Location and Parking: ICPJ’s office is located behind the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, just east of Washtenaw Avenue. Limited on-site parking is available, accessed from alley in rear between Lincoln and Olivia. Additional parking available on-street. 

Suggested reading: 7 Principles of Community Organizing

“I Am Not Your Negro” Racial Justice Book Group

This fall ICPJ’s Racial Justice Book Group will read and discuss I Am Not Your Negroby James Baldwin and edited by Raoul Peck. 

About the Book: To compose his stunning documentary film I Am Not Your Negro, acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck mined James Baldwin’s published and unpublished oeuvre, selecting passages from his books, essays, letters, notes, and interviews that are every bit as incisive and pertinent now as they have ever been. Weaving these texts together, Peck brilliantly imagines the book that Baldwin never wrote. In his final years, Baldwin had envisioned a book about his three assassinated friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. His deeply personal notes for the project have never been published before. Peck’s film uses them to jump through time, juxtaposing Baldwin’s private words with his public statements, in a blazing examination of the tragic history of race in America.

Schedule: All events begin at 7pm

  • September 19: Read from “Introduction” through chapter entitled “Witness,” to page 52.
  • October  17:  “I Am Not Your Negro.” Read from chapter entitled, “Purity,” from page 53 to end of book.
  • November 21:  The FILM:  “I Am Not Your Negro.”

Location: Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, 1420 Hill Street

Free and open to the public. 

Skate Against Hate

What do we do when people deface the Skate Park, the Rock, a gay bar, and more with messages of hate and intolerance?

We have a party to celebrate justice and inclusion!

When: October 8, 2017, 2-6pm
Where: Ann Arbor Skate Park
What: Featuring:

  • music
  • skate demonstration
  • learn to skate
  • food trucks
  • education tent

How Much: Event is free, donations accepted to fund local organizations fighting against hate and inequality.

Who:  Everyone is welcome to this celebration of inclusion and justice, whether you skate or not!

Organized by Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice and Friends of the Ann Arbor Skate Park. 100% of proceeds benefit organizations promoting justice and inclusion and skating (Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, Peace Neighborhood Center, Jim Toy Center, Friends of Ann Arbor Skate Park) Continue Reading »

Peace All Stars 5: One Human Family Benefit Concert



Join host La’Ron Williams and an all star ensemble of amazingly talented local musicians performing music from around the globe! 

The 2017 Peace All Stars concert highlights multiculturalism and benefits One Human Family programming through Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice (ICPJ).

Featuring performances from artists as diverse as Klezmephonic, Michigan Sahana, Mbira with Mark Stone, Abby Alwin and Bethanni, Jamie Register, Steve Somers and the Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra, a visit from rising star and Michigan native, hip hop artist Kiyoshi Shelton and, of course, LeMarcus Prewitt and The Teardrops! 

There will be something for everyone at this family friendly event! 

When: Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm 

Where: Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor, 2275 Platt Road, Ann Arbor 

Tickets: Available online at

Student price $15 online, $20 at the Door
Regular price $20 online, $25 at the Door
Benefactor price $50 (includes one artist CD)

Sponsorships available online (at eventbrite) or contact for more information. 

Share the event on Facebook here.  Please invite your friends and family. This is such a great lineup and for a really stellar cause, you won’t be sorry!  Hope to see you there!

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