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.
2014 ICPJ Annual Meeting
The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice will highlight local efforts to promote restorative justice approaches within our schools and courts. Rather than focusing on punishment, restorative practices involve all parties to ask, “How can we make this right?”
Sunday, March 30
- 7:00 Dessert Reception;
- 7:30 ICPJ Annual Business Meeting and cultural program,
- 8:00 program featuring a panel moderated by La’Ron Williams. Panelists will discuss recent efforts to implement restorative practices in the schools, Judge Timothy Connors’s newly-formed peacemaking court, and efforts to establish a victim/offender conferencing option for nonviolent juvenile offenses.
Location: First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Road.
Free and open to the public. Details: email@example.com, 734-663-1870.
Food, Land and Justice through a Jewish Lens:
A Symposium Honoring the Sh’mita Year
March 23rd, 2-5 pm, @ The Jewish Community Center
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The “Sh’mita” (sabbatical year) begins this fall and taps into the most fundamental elements of sustainability. At it’s core, the Sh’mita reminds us of the how we are treating our environment, encourages us to conserve our food and agriculture consumption/production, and instructs us to treat those who labor for it more justly. This symposium will explore how ancient Jewish traditions around food and land are relevant to us today. Continue Reading »
Help us say ‘Thanks’ to Grace Helms Kotre after six years on staff at ICPJ. Her dedication and passion for the work of this community was integral to our shared success and will be dearly missed on a day-to-day basis. However, even as we bit ‘Farewell’ to Grace, we are buoyed by the knowledge that she is looking forward to continuing her involvement as a non-staff “member”. Help us wish her the best in her new adventure. As is the case with most ‘good-byes’, there is also a ‘hello’ to be made. ICPJ welcomed new staff member, Jane Pacheco, in February as the new Program and Development Coordinator. Please help us welcome Jane to the ICPJ team. She is looking forward to hearing your story!
What: Open House-style reception at private Ann Arbor home
Light refreshments will be served
When: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Time: 5:00—7:00 pm
Where: Contact Chuck for directions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join ICPJ for a screening of a deeply touching and revealing documentary, ” Our Fires Still Burn”, which depicts the contemporary state of Native American peoples living in the Midwest. Filled with powerful and inspiring stories of a true American history, Audrey Geyer’s documentary reflects the experience of a people overcoming nearly two centuries of systematic oppression and destruction.
Attendees will also have the unique opportunity to meet the filmmaker, Audrey Geyer, for an in depth discussion and debriefing session. Audrey Geyer, a University of Michigan graduate, has worked in independent film or over 15 years, having her work aired both locally and nationally. Don’t miss your chance to view this amazing film. This event is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 4
TIME: 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Church of the Good Shepherd, UCC, 2145 Independence Blvd, Ann Arbor
Michigan UAW Member to Share First-Hand Experience of Honduras Election Crisis Feb. 6
Many international watch groups witnessed the Honduran presidential elections in November 2013 to assess the levels of fairness and transparency. First-hand accounts of vote buying, pre-marked ballots, and police intimidation were all reported by these observers.
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