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.

Aalaiki’ssalaam: Peace Be With You – A Benefit Concert Celebrating 50 Years of ICPJ

Voice & Piano Duo 1717 BROADWAY bring Edward Ryan’s The Prophet, Persian songs, Ravel’s Melodies Hebraïque, Naji Hakim, soulful Haiti, glittering Liszt & beloved  spirituals to the stage.

Join us for this colorful celebration and support the Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice!

When:     Sunday, November 9, 2014 * 4:00 – 5:15 pm

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Where:     Huron Hills North, 3150 Glazier Way

Single Tickets$14 in advance / $18 at the door

Family Tickets:  $35 advance/ $40 at the door

Other: Dessert reception to follow the concert.

Buy tickets online:  http://bit.ly/1EYMNMr

Veena Kulkarni teaches at the Faber Piano Institute, rocks out in her church band and was an award-winner in the 2011 Liszt-Garrison Competition. Jean Bernard Cerin, baritone, hails from Port-au-Prince, Haiti and has performed throughout the U.S., Haiti, France, Austria & at 1717 Broadway, A2.

Add your name to the interfaith sign on letter in support of affordable housing on Platt Road

Background: The Washtenaw County Board or Commissioners has been exploring options for what to do with a site of the former juvenile detention center on Platt Road. In August, the County led a community design process that resulted in a Vision Plan that includes mixed-income housing with an affordable housing component. However, as often happens with affordable housing is proposed, this vision has met with some community opposition.

Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, along with Religious Action for Affordable Housing are calling on the County Board of Commissioners and the Platt Road Citizens Advisory Committee to follow through on the Vision Plan and include affordable housing on the Platt Road site.

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25th anniversary Commemoration of Jesuit martyrs in El Salvador

Jesuit Poster ImageThis November 16, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the assassination of 6 Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her 16 year old daughter in San Salvador, El Salvador. These men of faith had offered their voice, hands, and heart to the poor and oppressed of that El Salvador for decades. Their advocacy for justice in the face of a brutal military repression of the population cost them their lives.
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In the middle of the night, a crack battalion of the Salvadoran military entered the University of Central America and coldly, methodically massacred the six Jesuits. The two women who had sought safety in the priests’ residence that night were brutally murdered along with them.The Latin America Task Force of the Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice and St. Mary’s Student Parish invite you to a commemorative event in honor of the Jesuits and the women.
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We will come together to celebrate their lives and their message of solidarity, be inspired by their response to the time and place in which they lived, and be challenged to reflect on our own response to injustice in our time and place, and in the global community.

 

The event will be held on the eve of the anniversary, Saturday,November 15, 2014. It includes a Salvadoran meal and an interfaith service of remembrance. During the service, we will hear from keynote speaker Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, professor, author and activist.

 

Event details:

When: Saturday, November 15, 2104
5:30 pm – Dinner catered by Pilar’s Tamales ($6-$10 suggested donation)
7:00 pm – Interfaith Commemoration Service

Where: St. Mary Student Parish 331 Thompson St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104

 

Please download the flyer for more details (English and Spanish).

To RSVP for this event, contact Aaron at ICPJ: 734-663-1870, aaron@icpj.net or chuck@icpj.net

Food & Faith – A Collaboration with First Presbyterian Ann Arbor

In conjunction with ICPJ & First Presbyterian of Ann Arbor’s Food & Faith series we will be touring a local farm and the Washtenaw Food Hub this October. These visits are free and open to the public. They are just a preview of the exciting Food & Justice programming that ICPJ will be kicking off in January 2015. For more information about how you and/or your faith community could get involved please contact Jane@icpj.org

TOUR – Golden Fleece Farm on Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 pm.    golden fleece farem

Meet Dr. Brett Seabury, a retired U of M professor, and Barb Seabury, the owners of Golden Fleece Farm, an off-the-grid beef cattle farm that is part of the grass fed beef movement. Brett and Barb will give a tour of their farm, discuss why and how they farm, and share stories of life on the farm. Learn more at www.goldenfleecefarm.com A carpool will be leaving from First Pres at 1:15 pm.

TOUR – Washtenaw Food Hub on Saturday, October 25 at 10:30 am.
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Richard Andres, owner of Tantre Farm and the Washtenaw Food Hub, will give a tour of the Food Hub and discuss how it creates a thriving community of “triple bottom line” farm and food businesses. Learn more at www.washtenawfoodhub.com A carpool will be leaving First Pres at 10:15 am.

 

Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience

image1What: Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience

When: Saturday November 1, 2014, 1:00-3:00 PM

Where: First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor

Cost: Free

“Our Fires Still Burn”, a documentary about modern day Michigan Native Americans in the Mt. Pleasant area followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Audrey Geyer. Presented by First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor and ICPJ, Washtenaw Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice. Location: 4I001 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor MI   Cost Free. Donations welcome. For more Information about the  film, go to: http://www.ourfiresstillburn.com/about-the-film.

Healing Communities presents: Faith Communities Working for Justice, Healing and Restoration.

PicMonkey CollageWhat:Faith Communities Working for Justice, Healing and Restoration.

When: Thursday, October 23 2014

Time: 6:30-9:00 PM

Cost: Free

Healing Communities presents:Faith Communities Working for Justice, Healing and Restoration. 

Every aspect of wrongdoing harms our community. Learn what local organizations are doing and share what you are doing.

Panelists include: Carol Burell Jackson (POWER, Inc.), Ronald Simpson-Bey (American Friends Service Committee), Carolyn Christopher (Zen Buddhist Temple), Kathy Wyatt (Grizzly Community Social Center), Carolyn Madden (Restorative Justice for Washtenaw County), Reuben Miller, (School of Social Work, University of Michigan), Representative, Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending.  6:30 light refreshments. 7:00-9:00  the program. The event is being held at:Community Church of God, 565 Jefferson Street Ypsilanti MI 48187 (parking in rear)   The event is being  Co-sponsored by Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice. For more information, contact Kathie at 313-268-6537.

 

Resisting Militarizaiton: Fr. Roy Bourgeois Speaks out against the SOA

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Police brutality in Honduras against the “People’s” political party group – 2014

Are you concerned about the recent wave of militarization both within the United States and Latin America, which has caused a violation of police trust, riots, increased child immigration rates, and unnecessary violence?

The SOA/WHINSEC is a major factor in the militarization of the Americas, leaving a trail of blood and suffering in every country where its graduates have returned.

Hear Father Roy Bourgeois speak powerfully and from personal experience about the connection between SOA violence, U.S. militarization and forced migration in the Americas.

As founder of the School of the Americas Watch group, Father Roy has spent decades as a socially conscious clergyman who has dedicated his life to Latin American social justice issues.

A light reception will follow.

 

Father Roy Bourgeois will share his insight into the recent surge of police militarization within Latin America

What: Resisting Militarization – A presentation by SOA Watch Founder Fr. Roy Bourgeois

When: Tuesday, October 7th @ 7:30 pm
Where: First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor – 517 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI

Co-sponsored by Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice and Veterans For Peace Chapter 93

 

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