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.

LATF Dinner and a Movie Series in 2017

[Image description: the words "Dinner & A Movie" where the "O" in movie is replaced with an old-style film reel. There is a fork to the left of the words and a knife to the right, and the border around the graphic is shaped like a movie ticket]This year, join ICPJ’s Latin American Task Force to watch and discuss a series of eye-opening and galvanizing films about social justice issues in Latin America, accompanied by dinner from Pilar’s Tamales.

All films take place at St Mary’s Student Parish on 331 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor. RSVP for an $8 dinner option.

For more information, contact us at or 734-663-1870.

La Voz del Pueblo

American Films presents La Voz del Pueblo, a documentary that explores violence an oppression in Honduras through the eyes of journalists at the Jesuit-run radio station, Radio Progreso, which has been under threat since the 2009 military coup.

When: Tues, Feb 14. Dinner @ 6:30 pm, film @ 7:00 pm

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Keeping up the momentum with One Human Family

January 18th at Trinity Lutheran Church, ICPJ will be holding a One Human Family meeting to plan how we’ll continue our campaign to promote a more inclusive, accepting community.

Last time the greater ICPJ  community met about One Human Family back in November, we decided on a few priorities for pushing back against the bigotry and hatred we’ve seen in the aftermath of the 2016 election: providing direct service to targeted communities, creating opportunities for people to forge connections across differences, training community members to react to hate crimes and dangerous situations, and organizing political action. Now, we’re gathering again to share updates from those working groups, bring new people into the effort, and talk about what’s next.

  • When: Wednesday, January 18th at 7:00pm
  • Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor

For more information, please contact us at or 734-663-1870.

Dinner and a Movie: Guardiana de los Rios

[Image description: the words "Dinner & A Movie" where the "O" in movie is replaced with an old-style film reel. There is a fork to the left of the words and a knife to the right, and the border around the graphic is shaped like a movie ticket]Next Tuesday, January 10th, the Latin American Task Force will kick off our monthly 2nd Tuesday movie series with a compelling documentary called Guardiana de los Rios (Guardian of the Rivers)  at St. Mary’s Student Parish. Please invite a friend to dinner and spend a quality evening with like-minded community members learning about current Latin American issues.



  • THE MOVIE: Guardiana de los Rios – Six communities in defense of rivers. Dozens of defenders threatened with death. All united by the spirit of the Guardian of rivers, Berta Caceres, social and environmental leader murdered on March 6, 2016. This documentary takes us into Honduras, one of the most dangerous countries in the world for activists trying to protect natural assets.
  • WHEN: Tuesday, January 10th – Dinner @ 6:30 pm, Movie @7:00 pm, followed by discussion with special guest Suyapa Portillo, via Skype
  • WHERE: St Mary’s Student Parish, 331 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor[Image description: A young person with what black hair and brown skin submerged up to their nose in green river water. The person is smiling. The words "Guardiana de los Rios" are superimposed in white cursive text.]
  • DINNER OPTION: Pilar’s Tamales Meal – $8.00 meal will include one Tamale with salsa, organic casamiento, fried plantains, and curtido (veg. option available). Please RSVP to reserve your meal.
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Safely Talking and Safely Learning about Race and Racism Film Series

In February and March, join La’Ron Williams and ICPJ for the latest installments of the Safely Talking and Safely Learning about Race and Racism film series.

“White History Month” Discussion and Screening

February 5, 2:00 pm, come to the Whittaker branch of the Ypsilanti library to watch and discuss several short videos exploring the idea of a “white history month.”

  1. “Thank White People For These Things. Why Isn’t There A White History Month?”
  2. “Why Don’t we Have White History Month?”

When: Sunday, February 5, 2:00-5:00pm

Where: Whittaker branch of the Ypsilanti Library at 5577 Whittaker Rd

“The Conversation: A series of short films about race in America”

In March, join La’Ron Williams to watch and discuss seven short films produced by the New York Times.

  1. A Conversation with White People on Race (5:34)
  2. A Conversation with Latinos on Race (6:42)
  3. A Conversation with Black Women on Race (6:09)
  4. A Conversation with Asians on Race (7:30)
  5. A Conversation with my Black Son (5:16)
  6. A Conversation About Growing up Black (5:11)
  7. A Conversation With Police on Race (6:37)

When: Sunday, March 12, 2:00-5:00pm

Where: Whittaker branch of the Ypsilanti Library at 5577 Whittaker Rd

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.

We have 2 trainings scheduled for January, 2017:

  • Sunday, January 8, 2-6pm, Ann Arbor Friends Meeting. Sold out eSign up for the waitlist online. There are also spaces reserved for members of targeted communities (Muslim, LGBTQ, immigrant, Latinx, people of color, etc.). Email to apply.
  • Saturday, January 28, 9am-1pm. First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor. Register online

how much: $20 regular price, free or reduced-price spaces available for those who need them. In addition to the full-cost tickets below through the reservation link below we have set aside a number of free or reduced cost tickets for those who need them. There are also some spaces set aside for members or targeted communities (people of color, LGBTQ community, Muslims, immigrants, etc). Email or call 734-663-1870 for details.

Space is limited, pre-registration is required.

Conflict and Peace Initiative Lecture: Galvanizing Social Justice Through Comics

ICPJ is co-sponsoring a talk by award-winning graphic novelist Joe Sacco titled “Galvanizing Social Justice through Comics When: January 19, 5:00-7:00 PM. Where: Michigan Theater, 603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Leading graphic historical novelist Joe Sacco will chronicle how and why he uses the graphic novel format to catalyze social justice and human rights struggles in the U.S. and around the world. His award-winning novels include Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (a portrait of some of the most marginalized communities in the United States, co-created with Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges); Footnotes in Gaza (a narrative of oral histories collected from elderly Palestinians who witnessed and survived a mass murder during the 1956 Suez War); and Safe Area Gorazde (an account of the brutal effects of the war in the former Yugoslavia on a besieged town that Sacco visited during and after the war). This presentation is part of a series on social justice-oriented graphic novels organized by the International Institute’s Enterprise-funded Conflict and Peace Initiative. The event is in partnership with the Penny Stamps Distinguished Lecture Series. For more details, contact: Mosab Ameur at or 734-663-1870

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