WISDOM Friends Reception

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MAY 20TH, 4:00 – 6:00 PM



TROY 48083

If you are a Friend of WISDOM (a financial supporter) or would like to learn more about WISDOM, please join us at our annual Friends reception.

Our WISDOM program will give you an opportunity to meet the WISDOM Board and other Friends of WISDOM in an informal atmosphere. There will be appetizers and desserts, drawings for door prizes, and an opportunity to purchase WISDOM’s book entitled “Friendship and Faith: The WISDOM of Women Creating Alliances for Peace.

Our Friends are an integral partner in everything we do. Together we have provided food for the needy, backpacks to homeless children, and we have engaged the community on topics of common interest – most recently interfaith discussions on angels in religion and how faith communities are dealing with the lack of clean water worldwide. Together we have challenged stereotypes and prejudice by sharing our stories – either in print with our WISDOM book, on our website www.interfaithwisdom.org  or www.friendshipandfaith.com , or in person at our signature presentation “Five Women Five Journeys.” Most of all, we have empowered women through the friendships we have nurtured and the hearts and minds that we have opened.

If you are interested in joining us please contact Anjali Vale by email at anjuc_31@yahoo.com  no later than May 13th.

The Women of the WISDOM Board look forward to meeting you!!


Visit to the Bharatiya (Hindu) Temple

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On Sunday,  May 20th you are invited to visit the Bharatiya (Hindu) Temple (6850 North Adams Road, Troy, MI 48098)

9:30 AM  – 9:45 AM  Arrival

10:00 AM  Welcome, Discussion and Tour of the House of Worship

11:00 AM  Joining the devotees in the Congregation Hall

Noon  Vegetarian lunch

1:00 PM  A sharing of stories of Hindus from India about living in America, Q and A 

If you are interested please call the Hindu Temple at 248-879-2552 between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM or 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM.

Mental Health Issues and Challenges Facing Metro Detroit’s Diverse Faith Traditions

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“Mental Health Issues and Challenges Facing Metro Detroit’s Diverse Faith Traditions”


Wednesday, May 16th

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

at The Community House in Birmingham

(380 S. Bates)

The panel will include experts in the mental health field representing the Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim faith traditions. The presentation will focus predominately on youth of multiple faith groups, the challenges that they face, and the stigma attached to dealing with mental illnesses. Information will include steps that teachers, parents, family members, and clinicians can take to ensure that mental health issues of youth in specific faith traditions are addressed.

Nacha Leaf (Jewish), Clinical Social Worker/Therapist at the Jewish mental health agency called Kadima, in Southfield.

Sameera Ahmed  (Muslim), Director of the Family & Youth Institute and a Clinical Assistant Professor at Wayne State University in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience.

Rev. Sandra Gordon (Christian), Assistant to Pastor Kenneth Flowers at the Greater New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit. Former Co-chairperson of the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program. 

Mona Belsare (Hindu), Vice President of the Michigan Asian Indian Family Services which serves the South Asian community, and a psychiatric social worker in the ER at Beaumont Hospital.

These panelists will address specific mental health issues face by the youth of their faith tradition, suggestions for helping the family members struggling with their child’s issues, and ensuring that the mental health issues faced by the Christian, Jewish, Hindu, or Muslim families are dealt with in counseling and in the child’s classroom.

This program is sponsored by the Family and Youth Institute, the Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit, Kadima, The Race Relations and Diversity Task Force of the Birmingham Community House, and WISDOM (Women’s Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach in MetroDetroit).

The event is free! Coffee and cookies will be served. For further information or to register, please contact Sheri Schiff, sheri1228@yahoo.com

Islamic Center of America

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Sunday, April 22

WISDOM visit to the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn. 10:00 AM registration and breakfast (no cost), 11:00 AM meet with Imam Qazwini, 11:45 AM Tour of the mosque and Q and A, 12:30 PM plan a group lunch at a Middle Eastern restaurant in Dearborn. To sign up for this visit, please email Paula Drewek at drewekpau@aol.com.


(Women’s Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach

in MetroDetroit)


is sponsoring a House of Worship Visit to

The Islamic Center of America

19500 Ford Road

Dearborn, MI 48128

Sunday, April 22, 2012


10:00 AM – Registration and Breakfast (no cost)

11:00 AM – Meet with Imam Qazwini

11:45 AM – Tour of the Mosque and Q and A

12:30 PM – Lunch at a Middle Eastern Restaurant in Dearborn (optional)



To sign up for this visit, please email Paula Drewek at drewekpau@aol.com
(While there is no charge, as a courtesy to our hosts, we would like to let them know how many of us will be attending.)

WISDOM Mission Statement

To Provide concrete modeling of women from different faith traditions working together in harmony for the common good.
To Empower women to take a more active role in furthering social justice and world peace.
To Dispel myths, stereotypes, prejudices and fear about faith traditions different from our own.
To Nurture the growth of empathy and spiritual energy that result from our projects and interfaith dialogue.