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.

Get on the Bus to the Women’s March on Washington


womens-marchBuy your ticket now!  Limited availability for the ICPJ Bus Trip to the Women’s March on Washington!

The ICPJ Women’s March on Washington bus will leave Ann Arbor on Friday, January 20 at 9:30 pm and drive through the night to Washington DC. We will arrive early Saturday morning (8:00 am) and will be dropped off at a to-be-determined location (we are working on a few options where we will be able to leave parked cars for the duration).

The event is scheduled for Saturday, January 21 from 10 am – 5 pm . Our bus will pick us back up in DC at 9:00 pm on Saturday at the tbd designated spot and we will arrive back in Ann Arbor on Sunday, January 22 in the early morning (around 6:30 am).

The roundtrip fare for this trip is $150 plus an $8.49 processing fee per person and includes bus transportation, gas, driver gratuity, wifi access on bus, bottled water on the bus, and some identification item for our group (a hat, t-shirt, bandana, etc.) Fare does not include food.

We’d like to offer some scholarship tickets for people who may not otherwise have the ability to attend this event, specifically low-income, Washtenaw County women of color – in light of the mission of the march. You can donate online to the scholarship fund or by mailing a check to ICPJ, 1414 Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Please put “Bus Scholarship Fund” in the memo line. Email to apply for a scholarship.

Other notes: This bus will be open to women, men and children. There will be no alcohol or glass bottles allowed on the bus. This bus trip is subject to cancellation. If the trip is canceled, you will receive a 100% refund.

Bystander Intervention Training

stepuplogo_1As 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, will teach the basic tactics you can use to de-escalate or redirect threats and harassment.

when: Sunday, December 11, 2-6pm
where: First Baptist Church social hall, 517 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
how much: $20 regular price, free or reduced-price spaces available for those who need them. Email or call 734-663-1870 for details. Register through form below or on Eventbrite.

Film Showing- White Like Me: Race, Racism, and White Privilege in America

whitelikemewiseAs part of a film series on race, Safely Learning and Safely Talking about Race and Racism, we will be showing the film White Like Me: Race, Racism, and White Privilege in America.

When: Sunday, November 13 @ 2 PM

Where: Ypsilanti District Library-Whittaker Branch, 5577 Whittaker Rd, in the Community Meeting Room

Join ICPJ and Ypsilanti District Library for a conversation film White Like Me, followed by a discussion narrated by La’Ron Williams. Based on the work of acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, the film explores race and racism in the U.S. through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. In a stunning reassessment of the American ideal of meritocracy and claims that we’ve entered a post-racial society, Wise offers a fascinating look back at the race-based white entitlement programs that built the American middle class, and argues that our failure as a society to come to terms with this legacy of white privilege continues to perpetuate racial inequality and race-driven political resentments today.

If you are concerned about race relations in the U.S. today or want to learn more, please join us on November 13 to watch the film and discuss this important and timely issue. We hope to see you there. For details, please contact us at or 734-663-1870.

November Brown Bag – Visioning the Future we will Create

lunch-and-learn_53556717Join us for our November Brown Bag Lunch and Learn, the last one in 2016! (Brown bags will resume in 2017.)

When: November 29, 2016 @ 12:00 pm (note new date)

Where: ICPJ, 1414 Hill St, Ann Arbor MI 48104.

You’re working hard on the causes you care about. What is your vision for success when you’re done? At ICPJ, we’ve found that creating a positive vision for the outcomes of our work makes a tremendous difference for making a project successful. We even recognize having a positive vision for success as a key element in transformative change! Drawing on the Zingerman’s method for creating a positive vision of success, ICPJ Staff Members Jane Pacheco and Germaine Smith will train you on how to create a compelling vision for your next project, your next vacation, or your next five years.
Cost: Suggested donation $5 members, $10 non-members. Donations will be collected at the door.
For details:, 734-663-1870. You can also read about this event on our Facebook page.
Please RSVP on Eventbrite to let us know you’re coming.
We hope to see you there!

Approaching the Refugee Crisis from Your Religious Perspective

Please join the Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice (ICPJ) and the Ecumenical Center & International Residence (ECIR) for an interactive discussion surrounding the refugee crisis from different spiritual perspectives.

When: Tuesday, November 29, 7-8:30pm.

Where: ECIR Community Lounge, 921 Church St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Details: Mosab Ameur, or 734-663-1870

You don’t have to consider yourself spiritual or religious to join this discussion; ALL are welcome and encouraged to attend. The purpose of this discussion is to hear from individuals of different faith backgrounds and how that faith influences their decisions and worldview in regards to the refugee crisis. Pizza and refreshments provided; free and open to the public. Please click here for the poster and share with your friends.

Brown Bag Lunch and Learn – CLARA Method

Don’t forget to join us at the ICPJ office today at 12:00 PM for our monthly Brown Bag!lunch-and-learn_53556717

Location: ICPJ office, 1414 Hill Street (behind the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting), parking in back and on side streets.

Cost: Suggested donation $5 members, $10 non-members.

Join Khristian Smith Speelman and Sheri Wander as they introduce the CLARA method for conflict transformation. Feeling lost how to talk about the election, Black Lives Matter, or other difficult topics in a way that avoids turning into a screaming match of with you just disengaging? The CLARA Method (Center, Listen, Affirm, Respond, Add) can help! Learn from two experienced peacemakers. Khristian Smith Speelman is Peacemaker, Conflict Resolution Mediator and Interfaith Chaplain specializing in critical incident stress management and end-of-life planning. Sheri Wander is a former ICPJ staff member and has engaged in third party nonviolent intervention in conflict settings ranging from Klan rallies in Ann Arbor to the occupied West Bank.

For details, contact us at or 734-663-1870.

We hope to see you soon!

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