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 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!

Nonpartisan Redistricting Petition Training

You may have heard of the ballot committee Voters not Politicians and the organization Count Mi Vote (both unaffiliated with the ICPJ), who are working now to establish an Independent/Nonpartisan Citizen Redistricting Commission through a state constitutional amendment.  Download the background document for more information about this issue, the history, and the background.  
We hope you will consider becoming involved.  If you are interested in doing so independently, directions are included on the attachment and through the VNP website.  If you would like to join us, the ICPJ is hosting an event with VNP to sign up signature gatherers.  Details below.  You can come to sign up as a signature gatherer, or simply to sign the petition.  If you are not able to do either, please be on the lookout for the petition and consider signing your name.
What:  Informational Meeting/ Signature Gatherer Training for Voters Not Politicians
When:  Sun, September 17th at 3:00 
Where: Ann Arbor Friends Meeting House, 1420 Hill St
Who:  Any volunteers (please bring a laptop if you can)
RSVP: If you RSVP, we can be sure we’re ready for you!  Please sign up here
Thank you!

Response to hate graffiti found in Ann Arbor

This morning swastikas, racist, and anti-Semitic graffiti was found at Ann Arbor’s skate park.

We offer our support and concern to our Black and Jewish brothers and sisters who were explicitly targeted with this act, as well as to all the other people of color, religious groups, and LGBTQ individuals who have also been under assault by this kind of hate. We also recognize that this public hate is an indication of daily acts that perpetuate inequity.

We are consulting with our allies in the community to develop a response. We have heard calls for a rally or vigil and that might be part of the response, but we are also looking for ways to go deeper to help people:

  1. Do their own work to understand how hate, prejudice, and structural inequity affect their own lives (and for those of us in the “dominant” groups, how we benefit from even as we decry this injustice).
  2. Build understanding of and relationships with people of different identities and backgrounds.
  3. Identify meaningful ongoing actions they can take to confront hate and build justice.

We will keep you informed here and on the ICPJ website, If you would like to be involved in planning please email

In the meantime, here are 3 ways you can take action.

  1. Learn about the issues: This Sunday, August 20, ICPJ will host the next in our ongoing Safely Learning and Safely Talking About Race and Racism film and discussion series. Join us at 2pm at the Ypsilanti District Library, Whitaker Road Branch for a discussion of Every Woman’s Son followed by a discussion facilitated by La’Ron Williams.
  2. Build Community: We need to come together to celebrate as well as grieve, so join ICPJ for a One Human Family Summer Potluck on August 27, 4-7 pm at the Ypsilanti Senior Cente
  3. Help create One Human Family 2.0: When the One Human Family campaign was launched, it was a response to specific attacks against Muslims and Refugees. The ongoing and visible attacks on various communities (people of color, religious minorities, immigrants, LGBTQ, etc.) shows the need to expand the message. Suggest your best ideas for a new message and get entered into a drawing for a $10 Roos Roast Gift Card.

If you have other ideas or are looking for more hands-on ways to get involved, please contact us at or 734-663-1870.

update: there is also an impromptu “peace in the park” event planned for tonight. See the Facebook event for details.


Racial Justice Film & Discussion

Join LaRon Williams for engaging community discussions on race and racial justice. LaRon is a member of the Racial and Economic Task Force of the Ann Arbor Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, a workshop facilitator and a professional storyteller. 

Watch the film Every Mother’s Son followed by a moderated discussion in a safe, welcoming setting. Every Mother’s Son tells the story of three mothers that have lost their sons because of unjustified or questionable tactics by police. These mothers have come together to question the necessity of aggressive and militarized police tactics. This film describes how aggressive police tactics coupled with high stakes public policy creates dangerous conditions for low-    income communities.

Date/time: Sunday, August 20, 2017 – 2:00 to 4:45 pm

Location: Ypsilanti District Library – 5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Cost: Free, all adults and mature teens are welcome

For more information: Email or call 734-663-1870 for details.

“What is Congregational Sanctuary?” Ann Arbor Area Presentation

The Education/Outreach team of Washtenaw Congregational Sanctuary (WCS) a new collaboration of Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice (ICPJ) and Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR) will offer a 90 minute workshop on Thursday, August 24th at the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch. This is a free, public meeting open to all individuals, community groups or congregations looking to gain a better understanding of what providing support for sanctuary means in Washtenaw County. You do not need to be a member of a faith community to be involved or to learn more.
Thursday, August 24, 2017 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm 

Location: Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch – 343 S Fifth Ave

Cost: Free, all are welcome

Co-sponsored by: Washtenaw Congregational Sanctuary (WCS), Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice (ICPJ), Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR)

For more information: Email or call 734-663-1870 for details.

A flyer for this event can be downloaded HERE. Please post/share widely. Thanks! 

One Human Family/ICPJ Summer Potluck

Would you like to spend a bit of social time with other ICPJ members and members-to-be…. (aka this could be everyone we all know!!!)

Join ICPJ members from throughout Washtenaw County for a One Human Family Picnic Potluck at the Ypsilanti Senior Center. This is a free, public event open to all individuals interested in meeting new people and enjoying yummy food! Bring a favorite dish from your original or adoptive culture as well as your family and friends for a fun evening! 

What do you think this event should look like? Would you like to help ICPJ plan this event? Are you good at connecting with new people or facilitating ice breakers? Would you be interested in providing entertainment or games for children? Contact if you’d like to help! Thanks! 

Cups, plates, and silverware will be provided. Hope to see you there – bring a few friends!


Date/time: Sunday, August 27, 2017 – 4:00 to 7:00 pm 

Location: Ypsilanti Senior Center – 1015 Congress Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (Recreation Park)

Cost: Free, all are welcome

For more information: Email or call 734-663-1870 for details. 

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