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.

Know Us Project Pilot Training

As we see more frequent, blatant forms of injustice, including racism, xenophobia, islamophobia, and transphobia, in the mainstream, what can we do? How can we reduce prejudice in our communities? In a time when everyone seems entrenched and polarized, how can you help others understand your social justice perspective?  What can you do to activate people to social justice?

The Know Us Project builds up participants’ abilities to make empowered individual and social change through personal communications and connections. KUP participants learn effective ways to share your personal stories of prejudice and stigma – as members of targeted communities and/or as supporters of justice for those who have been targeted.

Join us to learn strategies for how to use perspective taking, values-based messaging, and personal connections in communication to help others know us better. These conversations can empower you to change public opinion and public policy by building support for social justice and equality at the grassroots level.

  • Learn and practice effective KUP conversations using Five KUP Conversation Skills.
  • Create your own KUP Conversation Action Plan that fits your personal goals – whether it is personal equality or social justice.
  • Offered in a supportive, informative, stimulating, and positive environment.

Pre-registration is required.

Register HERE

COST: $10 per person

WHEN: Sunday November 19, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
WHERE: Ann Arbor Friends Meeting (Fellowship Hall, downstairs), 1414 Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

For more info contact, Germaine, germaine@icpj.org or 734-663-1870

Awakening the Dreamer Symposium

The Awakening the Dreamer Symposium is a half-day workshop developed by the Pachamama Alliance that has been delivered by skilled Facilitators to hundreds of thousands of participants in over 80 countries since 2005. The November 12th symposium in Ann Arbor is co-sponsored by The Intentional Living Collective, The Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, and The First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor.

In Awakening the Dreamer, you’ll look squarely at the state of the world—where we are and how we got here—and then explore what role you can play in bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. Awakening the Dreamer was created in response to an invitation from the Achuar people of the Ecuadorian Amazon to work in partnership to shift the dominant culture of consumption and alienation to one that honors and sustains all life.

Open to the public. On-site check in begins at 1:00pm. REGISTER HERE

When: Sunday November 12, 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Where: First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, 4001 Ann Arbor Saline Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Bystander Intervention Training – Ann Arbor, Jackson, & Saline

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. Sheri Wander, with 20+ years of peace keeping experience through the Meta Peace Team (MPT), 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.

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 varies from $0-30
Scholarship tickets are available, contact Germaine, germaine@icpj.org or 734-663-1870 for more info.

Sign up below for various dates available:
Saline, Sunday December 3, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Saline Liberty School, 7265 N Ann Arbor St, Saline, MI 48176
Pre-registration is required.
Please register HERE
Cost: $20 per person for ICPJ members: $30 non-members

Limited number of scholarship tickets available. Please contact Germaine, germaine@icpj.org or 734-663-1870 for more info.
*Co-Sponsored by Stronger Together

Jackson, Saturday December 16, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM801 S Mechanic St, Jackson, MI 49203
Pre-registration is required.
Please register HERE
*Sponsored by the Jackson Pride Community Center

*Minimum of 15 people to be registered or training will be cancelled 2-3 days prior to event. Payments can be transferred to another training or refunded.

Download the flyer for all our peace trainings HERE!

Check out the all of our trainings HERE!

Community Organizing Brown Bag– Ballot Campaign Basics

From local ballot initiatives on issues like transit and mental health funding to statewide campaign on gerrymandering or worker rights, ballot campaigns are an important tool for social change. What are the basic techniques to plan, carry out, and win when you take an issue directly to the voters?

Jeff Irwin is a former Michigan State Representative and County Commissioner. He has worked on the local level on issues such as the 2014 transit millage and currently serves as political director for the statewide ballot campaign the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.*

When: Tue, October 24, 2017 – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Where: 

Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice

1414 Hill Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Cost: Suggested donation $10 members, $20 non-members. REGISTER HERE

Details: info@icpj.org, 734-663-1870.

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.

* Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice has not taken a position on the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol’s ballot initiative.

 Ann Arbor 11/27 – Lewis, Aydin, & Powell at Michigan Theater

Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell will visit the University of Michigan on November 27. An ongoing series of Fall 2017 events will bring the Civil Rights Movement to life, inspire critical reflection on social justice advocacy, and spark initiatives that catalyze change.

This event series—a kickoff to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium—is co-presented by the International Institute’s Conflict and Peace Initiative and the King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professors Program as part of the regular Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series. Additional support is provided by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Department of Political Science; Institute for the Humanities; Office of Community-Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL); Rackham Graduate School; and Office of Research.

Date/time: Monday, November 27, 2017 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm   

Location:  Michigan Theater 606 East Liberty St, Ann Arbor

More info:  For more information about events leading up to the UM sponsored visit – the official UM website. For more information on Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice events contact info@icpj.org

 

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, germaine@icpj.org 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

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