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.

Mayoral Candidate Forum on Housing and Homelessness

mayoralSquareDoes the future of affordable housing and homelessness in our community matter to you? If so, then join the four Ann Arbor mayoral candidates as they discuss this important issue affecting the city.

Temple Beth Emeth & St. Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church will be the host of this political forum which is sponsored by Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice in conjunction with over 30 local religious congregations. This community event will have the four Ann Arbor mayoral candidates – Sabra Briere, Stephen Kunselman, Sally Hart Petersen, and Christopher Taylor – answering your personal questions that relate to affordable housing and homelessness. Each candidate will do a brief public address and answer prepared questions from a variety of local organizations that work on these issues.

We look forward to seeing you.

Date: Tuesday, July 15th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Following  will be a meet and greet with the candidates and  refreshments)
Where: Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard Road (cross street: Eastover)
For more information please email or visit the events main page


Many Faiths Will Walk: CROP Hunger Walk October 12, 2014

PleCROPase join us for the 40th Annual Washtenaw/Ann Arbor CROP Hunger Walk. We walk to raise funds for hunger and poverty relief here and around the world as well as witness for justice for our poorest neighbors experiencing hunger in a world of plenty.

Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014

Time: 1:00 pm registration; 2:00 pm send-off service followed by the walk

Where:  Rudolf Steiner High School (2230 Pontiac trail, Ann Arbor)

Register yourself and your team now!

For more information: contact  Bill , (,or call 734-663-1870)

June Newsletter:Changing the Conversation about Gun Violence


On average, 32 Americans are murdered with guns every day and 140 are treated for a gun assault in an emergency room.


Every day on average, 51 people kill themselves with a firearm, and 45 people are shot or killed in an accident with a gun.


American children die by guns 11 times as often as children in other high-income countries.


Why do we accept this level of gun violence in America? All of us need to raise our voices and change the conversation about guns and violence. Together we can find sensible solutions to this national epidemic.

Download and read our latest newsletter devoted to the issue of gun violence. You will find articles about guns and public health, myths about gun violence, living a non-violent life, action steps you can take to help prevent gun violence, and much more.


My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together. ~Desmond Tutu



What are Your Thoughts on Climate Change?

aCan you spare a five minutes to fill out our short survey exploring options for future project work? What types of issues would spark your interest? Energy Efficiency? The Food System? Consumerism? Green Economy?

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Asking Saves Kids

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In America, one out of three homes with children has a gun, and nearly 1.7 million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun. Every year thousands of kids are killed and injured as a result.

The ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Campaign promotes a simple idea with the potential to help keep kids safe. It encourages parents to ASK if there is an unlocked gun in the homes where their children play.

Parents ask all sorts of questions before their children visit other homes. They ask about pets in the house, discuss allergies and Internet access, and ask questions about supervision. ASK encourages parents to add one more question to this conversation: “Is
there an unlocked gun in your house?” It’s a simple question, but it has the power to save a child’s life.

Every parent cares about the safety of their children. ASK allows parents to play an active role in keeping kids safe. Any parent can make a difference by ASKing, and encouraging others to do the same.

For more than a decade, the ASK Campaign has partnered with over 400 grassroots organizations to spread its message in neighborhoods nationwide.

The ASK Campaign was created in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics who has promoted the ASK message to its 60,000 members across the country. The ASK Campaign has successfully inspired an estimated 19 million
households to ask if there are guns where their children play.

June 21st is National ASK Day. Held annually on the first day of summer, a season when children spend more time in other homes, ASK Day reminds parents about the importance of ASKing if there is an unlocked gun where their children play. This ASK Day, pledge to ASK at You can also learn about more ways to get involved, and how you can spread the ASK message, both on ASK day and year-round.

New Volunteer Opportunities at ICPJ

Help out Your Community While you Take a Drive!

We are looking for volunteers to hang up ICPJ posters in Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti’s most popular spots! Posters are a very effective method of informing the community of our mission. Keep some posters in your car and post them wherever you venture throughout your week.

We look forward to hearing from you! If you would like to learn more about this position, please email Jane at


Do You Have a Passion for Photography?

Interested in photography? Looking for a new and fun experience? We are looking for a volunteer who would be responsible for: taking photos of our office and surrounding area, local Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti congregations, ICPJ events, and ICPJ Staff. No professional experience or extensive photo editing necessary and time schedules are very flexible.

We look forward to hearing from you!  If you would like to learn more about this position, please email Jane at


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