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.

Remembering Barbara Fuller

Barbara Fuller in 1984 helping send off a "To Russia with Love" peace delegation.

Barbara Fuller in 1984 helping send off a “To Russia with Love” peace delegation.

On July 29, ICPJ’s founder the Rev. Barbara Fuller passed away. Ann Arbor and the world mourn the loss of this inspirational peace advocate.

In addition to helping found the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice in 1965, after the war in Vietnam Barbara helped lead reconciliation efforts between the people of the US and Vietnam. She was also a tireless worker for nuclear abolition and an end to the cold war.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 PM, Monday Aug 4, at First Baptist Church (517 E Washington); with reception to follow at 3 PM at Journey of Faith Christian Church (1900 Manchester).

Please help preserve the memories of Barbara’s work by sharing your remembrances in the comments below. You can also ensure that the work she started to bring people together across their differences to make a difference for peace can continue by making a donation in her honor to Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, 1679 Broadway, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 or give online through PayPal or Network for Good.

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Israel and Palestine: Mourning the violence, calling for peace

picasso doveLast night ICPJ’s Board of Directors met. To give voice to our shared grief over the bloodshed in Israel and Palestine, we issued the following statement:

  • We mourn all death and deeply want the violence to stop for the sake of the residents of Palestine, Israel, and the world
  • We call for an immediate ceasefire, and we encourage our government to press for a ceasefire and a resolution to the conflict
  • The only way out of this violence is through a negotiated settlement to the conflict, we call on our government to be an active and honest broker to promote a just and durable peace agreement
  • We call upon people of faith everywhere to engage in fervent prayer and meditation for a peaceful and lasting resolution to the conflict and to personally resolve to live peacefully and with regard for the human dignity of all people.

If anyone would like to discuss ways to give public witness to this call for peace please contact Chuck Warpehoski at chuck@icpj.org or call 734-663-1870.

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 , (bill@icpj.org,or call 734-663-1870)

June Newsletter:Changing the Conversation about Gun Violence

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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

 

 

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 info@icpj.net or visit the events main page https://www.facebook.com/events/316576878493357/

 

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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