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 Train the Trainer

What: A “train the trainer” session for people who already have experience in bystander intervention, conflict resolution, or related skills who want to become trainers to equip others with the tools to keep themselves and others safer in situations of harassment and hate speech.

Who: Training will be led by Sheri Wander of Meta Peace Team. Participation is limited to 15 people. Participants need to:

  • demonstrate training or experience in bystander intervention or related skills (nonviolent communication, conflict resolution, peace team training)
  • be committed to lead or assist in future bystander intervention trainings
  • be willing to take part in a mentoring and accountability process post-training

Priority given to people in communities most at-risk of attacks, harassment, and hate speech (Muslim, Latinx, LGBTQ, people of color, immigrant, persons with disabilities, etc.)

Where and When: Saturday, December 17.

  • 10:00am-12:00pm, intro session for people who have not received specific bystander intervention training, ICPJ office, 1414 Hill Street
  • 12:00pm-5:00pm, bystander intervention train the trainer, Ann Arbor Friends Meeting Room, 1420 Hill Street

(parking available in lot off alley south of buildings).

Cost: Suggested contribution of $50, includes training; materials; and post-training follow up mentoring and accountability. Nobody turned away for lack of funds.

How to apply: Fill out the online form by 9am on Monday, December 12.

One Human Family: Standing Up for Diversity and Inclusion

In the aftermath of the election we saw disturbing reports of hate crime attacks and harassment of people of color, Muslims, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, and other vulnerable populations. Additionally, many people are concerned that ideas floated in the presidential campaign such as mass deportation, a registry of Muslims in the US, and encouraging racial profiling in law enforcement.

On November 17, ICPJ brought together over 150 people for an organizing meeting to discuss what we can do to support targeted communities and develop

Direct Support For Targeted Communities

As hate speech and hurtful policies target people from various communities, how can we as individuals and a community stand up directly to support those affected? This working group is exploring trauma support, care packages for people who are victims of harassment, tutoring for refugees, and other methods to support those who are being singled out.

Understanding and Relationships Across Difference

In the election and aftermath we have seen a lot of fear of “the other,” whether that “other” is an undocumented immigrant, a Muslim, a transgender student, or a Black Lives Matter protester. Often, however, this fear is entirely divorced from real understanding of or relationship with the actual people in those different groups. The Understanding and Relationships Across Difference team is developing ways to:

  • Present educational programming to help people understand various groups, such as “understanding Islam” workshops, anti-racism classes, and other programs for religious and civic groups;
  • Develop relationships of love and trust across difference. I believe that it is building these relationships that makes the work for justice and inclusion a passionate and personal commitment and not just an intellectual abstraction.
  • Structural analysis to help people understand the systems that promote division and inequality—and how to combat them.

Bystander Intervention

When you see a news story of someone harassed on the bus or attacked on campus, do you ever wonder what you would have done if you had been there? We all would like to think we would of spoken up or done something to intervene, but the worry is there that we would be paralyzed by fear or not knowing what to do.

The good news is that there are tactics that you can use to help protect others’ and increase their physical and emotional safety. The Bystander Intervention group is:

  • organizing trainings so people know how to respond,
  • creating a train-the-trainer program to expand our ability to reach new audiences,
  • sharing stories of people intervening and support one another in intervening to empower folks to act and to remember the skills they have even without training, and
  • developing resources from people in the targeted groups on how to respond and not be a victim.

Political Action

Some of the work to build a community of justice, inclusion, and equity is community-based, but much of it is also affected by policies. The political action group is developing tools to help people take action on emerging issues, train activists and organizers to be more effective, and build effective coalitions for impact.

If you would like to get involved with any of these groups please email or call 734-663-1870.

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!

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