Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice centers racial and economic justice as we address the root causes of violence from oppression, poverty, environmental devastation, patriarchy, and war. We wage love and practice nonviolence in all its forms through education, community organizing, advocacy, and direct action. We unite across our differences and empower leadership in people to create the change we need for a more peaceful and just world.
Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice is committed to healing as a diverse community by dismantling systems of violence and building our collective capacity to live our shared values of peace, justice, and ecological sustainability. We believe that relationships that individuals and communities build through learning, mobilizing, organizing, and growing together create the foundation for co-liberation, abundance, and dignity of all life and our planet.
Principals and Practices
This is a living document that grew out of the passions of our network, including discussions during the 2019 Annual Membership Meeting, 2019 Board Retreat, and 2019 Strategic Planning Process.
We are an interfaith and intergenerational collaborative network of individuals and organizations who share values of peace and justice. We continually strive to be more multi-racial and intersectional so we can all be our authentic selves. In pursuit of building this space together, we center anti-racism as well as the perspectives of feminism, anti-classism, and spirituality in its multiple forms.
While our network is diverse in our focus areas, lived experiences, and ways of doing the work, we share values that bind us together. We believe our actions show our values so we practice radical love in all we do. We aim to change structural systems by focusing on the interconnected root causes that continue the status quo. This means recognizing the self-determination of all peoples and the interdependence of all species. This means working to eradicate inequity in the large and small ways while being mindful of our collective and individual impact.
We will listen more, advocate for human rights, empower people to create their own change, proactively share our resources, and act with intention and humility. As we dismantle white supremacy and other oppressive power systems, we will show care for one another. As we reform the whole justice system, we will respect and value others. As we oppose military repression, occupation, and exploitation, we will respect our ecosystem.
We invite you to join us in these practices so we may achieve peace and justice for all:
- Reject systematic poverty and violence
- Invite the most impacted to help guide our work
- Build a system of equity
- Learn about the power structure
- Practice physical and emotional nonviolence
- Seek common ground for dialogue and understanding
- Recognize your privilege and how you are accountable to others
- Encourage multiple strategies in alignment with one another
- Promote truth & reconciliation with empathy for yourself and others
- Act locally too!
Our office is located at 1414 Hill Street, behind the Ann Arbor Friends Meeting. Parking is available off the alley in back, which can be accessed from Lincoln of Olivia. To learn more, just call 734.663.1870, email [email protected] Please make an appointment to visit the office.