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.

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  info@icpj.net or call 734-663-1870.

Step Out for Child Justice! Rally and March for Immigrant Youth

Photo (c) ABC News

Photo (c) ABC News

WHEN: Saturday, September 6th,  2:00-4:00

WHERE: Rally and March begins at Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S 4th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 and ends at the Federal Building

WHAT: 

  • Celebrate local immigrant youth &
    their families
  • Welcome & support children fleeing
    violence
  • Address root causes of the issues
  • Support humane immigraion reform
  • March for youth of color

WHO: Sponsored by:  Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights and  Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice

Need more info?  Call Margaret at 734-417-6532

Spread the Word! Download and print the posters for the event in English  or Spanish.

Dinner with Mission

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For so many reasons, people find themselves without permanent shelter, without a place to call home. They are our neighbors, our community, and their voices deserve to be heard.

Join us on Sunday, August 17th as we share a meal and listen to voices from the homeless community. This evening of sharing is part of our preparations for the 40th Annual ICPJ CROP Hunger Walk on October 12.

What: A Community Meal and Conversation with M.I.S.S.I.O.N Ann Arbor
M.I.S.S.I.O.N. A2 is a not for profit partnership between homeless and “homeful” Washtenaw County residents collaborating to support self-governing tent communities in Michigan during the ongoing housing and employment crises. Growing from the efforts to support Camp Take Notice, it works to make tent communities safer and better connected to services so that their citizens can more quickly make their way into more permanent housing, if that is what they want for themselves. Through compassion and respect for the human dignity of all people, it strives to work with the citizens of tent communities to help build and strengthen community through self-governance and accountability. Learn more about M.I.S.S.I.O.N A2 at www.missiona2.org.

When: Sunday, August 17, 2014- 5:30 pm-8:00 pm
Guests may arrive between 5:30 pm and 5:45 pm to help with set-up. Supper will be served at 6:00 pm followed by a community meeting and conversation. We ask that guests please bring one of the following items to share:

  • Watermelon and/or other fruit
  • Desserts (cookies, cakes, pies, etc.)
  • Large can of ground coffee
  • A gallon of 2% milk
  • 2 liter bottles of pop, lemonade, and/or ice-tea

Where: 3501 Stone School Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
The property is actually on Old Stone School Road which runs parallel to the paved road. When you see the sign for “Windsong” townhouses on Valencia Drive, pull in, and you’ll see a gravel drive on the left of Valencia Dr. The house is at the end of the drive. Parking is available along the gravel drive.

To ensure that we provide enough food for the meal, please r.s.v.p. to Bill (bill@icpj.org/734.663.1870)

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on August 17.

The Future of Platt Road

GetAttachment.aspxThere’s a piece of land on at the intersection of Platt Road and Huron Parkway in Ann Arbor that used to be a juvenile detention facility.

What will it be next? Can it provide affordable housing? How can it be environmentally sustainable? How can it fit with the neighboring community?

Washtenaw County will be hosting three days of community-driven design and planning workshops later this month.
Please come out, participate in the process, and make your voice heard.

Tuesday, August 26
4pm-7pm: Come to a hands-on public visioning session where you can share your ideas for the site

Wednesday, August 27
10:30am-4:30pm: Drop in to participate in design exploration for the Platt Road site
5pm-7pm: Review and refine the design alternatives

Thursday, August 28
5pm-6:30pm: Come and we wrap up the charrette process with a presentation of the refined design alternative for the Platt Road site

Meeting Location:
United Way of Washtenaw County
2305 Platt Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Please visit the Platt Road website at: www.plattroad.org for more information..

 

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.

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.

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