WISDOM Newsletter – May 2011

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MAY 2011

WISDOM Calendar of Events

Wednesday, May 11th
Five Women Five Journeys sponsored by the AAUW (American Association of University Women) at Plum Hollow Country Club, 21631 Lahser Rd., Southfield, 1:00 PM
Thursday, June 30th through Friday, July 1st
Five Women Five Journeys at the Bay View Association, Petoskey, MI.  Thursday evening 7:00 PM, Friday morning, Meet and Greet the WISDOM Women.
MAY 15TH, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
ROOM 304
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.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 Padma Kuppa by email at padma.kuppa@gmail.com no later than May 9th.
The Women of the WISDOM Board look forward to meeting you!!

Frankel Students Welcome

Catholic Students to Class

Members of the Diversity Club at Gabriel Richard Catholic High School in Riverview joined Diversity Club members at Frankel Jewish Academy on Thursday in West Bloomfield.

By Timothy Rath (West Bloomfield Patch, April 8, 2011)

Some high schools host programs designed to help students get to know one another. The Frankel Jewish Academy Diversity Club took that a step further Thursday when it hosted students from Gabriel Richard Catholic High School of Riverview to help all the teens get to know others of a different faith.

“When we leave and go into college, it’s important to know that you can find similarities and relate with others,” said Frankel club president Anna Eisenberg, 18, of Birmingham. “This way, we get a feel of their religious aspect. They come here and do the same. It’s a way for us to connect as religious-based schools and make friends.”

Eisenberg said she helped found the Diversity Club three years ago with Lisa Gilan, FJA director of student life, and that Gabriel Richard students had been coming to FJA for “a couple of years prior” to founding the club. Gilan said participation within the exchange program this year is as high as ever.

“This is the third time that we’ve gotten together this year – we went to the Holocaust Memorial Museum (in Farmington Hills) last fall, and we visited their campus last fall as well,” said Gilan. “As kids graduate and we bring in different classes, we’re seeing an increase in participation in both this (exchange) program and the Diversity Club.”

Cheryl Knapp, campus minister at Gabriel Richard, confirmed that interest in her school’s Diversity Club is on the rise as well. “Some of the kids here today aren’t members of the club, but they want to be next year, and they asked if they could come,” she said.

Sixteen students from Gabriel Richard came to study Thursday at FJA in eight classes, including Israel advocacy, Bible, Talmud, Hebrew language and ethics. The classes were spread out between two periods, and students from both clubs joined each other for lunch.

Eisenberg, a senior who has been accepted to Emery University (GA) and the University of California Los Angeles, said having Gabriel Richard students visit her class was an experience as interesting as her visiting their campus last fall.

“I went to a theology class at Gabriel Richard, and they asked me questions, and I told them my feelings, and it was interesting to have that kind of perspective,” she said.

“It was definitely interesting to hear them discuss Israel,” Eisenberg said. “A class like Hebrew language isn’t necessarily as engaging, but a class like Israel advocacy is, in my opinion, not just relevant to Jewish kids.”

At lunch, students publicly exchanged different questions they had written pertaining to faith and culture of Judaism and Catholicism. Gilan said the question-and-answer session was especially important to the program, in order to bring more attention to the differences and similarities between the two groups.

“They can easily connect on a teenage level in class in terms of interests, but we want them to connect deeper – religious traditions or family life or maybe where our things differ, and how the two intertwine,” she said.

“We don’t want to isolate ourselves within the Jewish community,” Gilan said. “We want to learn about other cultures.”

JUNE 20-25, 2011
Enroll in this class for a six-day experience-based seminar designed to introduce you to foundational information about the beliefs and practices of several of the world’s religions.
Learn about Baha’i, Buddhism, Chinese and Japanese Traditional Religions, Christianity, First Peoples and Native Traditions, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism.
For registration, cost and more information contact
Sharie Beard
University of Michigan-Dearborn
(313) 593-4925


Join the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding for their 2011 Spring Reception and Conversation on



SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2011


(13624 Michigan Ave., Deaborn 48126)

4:00 – 5:30 PM Registration, Networking & Museum Tour

5:30 PM Program begins with Fatima Shama

(Fatima Shama was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg as Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs in 2009. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Shama served as the Senior Education Policy Advisor in the Mayor’s Office. Ms. Shama

has worked for a number of community-based organizations in the City including serving as Executive Director of the Greater Brooklyn Health Coalition, managing the Urban Horizons program at the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation in the Bronx.)

Purchase tickets online at www.ispu.org or eventregistration@ispu.org or call 734-578-6088

The Baha’i Holiday of RIDVAN – submitted by Paula Drewek, WISDOM Incoming President.

The Revelation born in Tehran’s dungeon in 1853 was proclaimed to friends and followers in the Najibiyyih Garden outside of Baghdad during Baha’u’llah’s sojourn there from April 21 to May 2, 1863. This proclamation is celebrated by Baha’is as the 12-day Festival of Ridvan, meaning Paradise. Paradise is evoked as the Time of religious renewal rather than a specific place.  Baha’u’llah writes:

“This is the Day whereon the Ocean of God’s mercy hath been manifested unto men, the Day in which the Day Star of His loving-kindness hath shed its radiance upon them, the Day in which the clouds of His bountiful favour have overshadowed the whole of mankind.  Now is the time to cheer and refresh the down-cast through the invigorating breeze of love and fellowship, and the living waters of friendliness and charity…”  (Baha’u’llah, Gleanings, 7)

It represents the spiritual springtime when God’s ancient Faith is renewed once again and assures humanity of a divine order to the universe and the renewal of the Eternal Covenant with humanity. “The universe which Baha’u’llah discloses to our minds is uplifting, wonderful and glorious.  It discloses the sovereignty of God and His purpose in creating man.  It makes science and religion equal partners in every man’s philosophy…and prescribes the parameters of human conduct and the mores of God’s Kingdom on this earth.” (Hoffman, Baha’u’llah, 31-32)

 Let us step back in time to those seminal events in 1853 and witness the birth of this revelation in Baha’u’llah’s own words “through which darkness hath been turned into light.”  “As to the dungeon in which this Wronged One and others similarly wronged were confined, a dark and narrow pit were preferable. Upon Our arrival We were first conducted along a pitch-black corridor, from whence We descended   three steep flights of stairs to the place of confinement assigned to Us. The dungeon was wrapped in thick darkness, and Our fellow prisoners numbered nearly a hundred and fifty souls: thieves, assassins and highwaymen. Though crowded, it had no other outlet than the passage by which We entered. No pen can depict that place, nor any tongue describe its loathsome smell. Most of these men had neither clothes nor bedding to lie on. God alone knoweth what befell Us in that most foul-smelling and gloomy place! “(Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, 19)

“During the days I lay in the prison of Tihran, though the galling weight of the chains and the stench-filled air allowed Me but little sleep, still in those infrequent moments of slumber I felt as if something flowed from the crown of My head over My breast, even as a mighty torrent that precipitateth itself upon the earth from the summit of a lofty mountain. Every limb of My body would, as a result, be set afire. At such moments My tongue recited what no man could bear to hear. “(Ibid. 22)

“One night, in a dream, these exalted words were heard on every side: “Verily, We shall render Thee victorious by Thyself and by Thy Pen. Grieve Thou not for that which hath befallen Thee, neither be Thou afraid, for Thou art in safety. Erelong will God raise up the treasures of the earth — men who will aid Thee through Thyself and through Thy Name, wherewith God hath revived the hearts of such as have recognized Him.” (Ibid. 19)

As to the vehicle of continuing revelatory experiences in that Black Pit, Baha’u’llah writes:

“While engulfed in tribulations I heard a most wondrous, a most sweet voice, calling above My head. Turning My face, I beheld a Maiden — the embodiment of the remembrance of the name of My Lord — suspended in the air before Me. So rejoiced was she in her very soul that her countenance shone with the ornament of the good pleasure of God, and her cheeks glowed with the brightness of the All-Merciful. Betwixt earth and heaven she was raising a call which captivated the hearts and minds of men. She was imparting to both My inward and outer being tidings which rejoiced My soul, and the souls of God’s honoured servants.  Pointing with her finger unto My head, she addressed all who are in heaven and all who are on earth, saying: By God! This is the Best-Beloved of the worlds, and yet ye comprehend not. This is the Beauty of God amongst you, and the power of His sovereignty within you, could ye but understand. This is the Mystery of God and His Treasure, the Cause of God and His glory unto all who are in the kingdoms of Revelation and of creation, if ye be of them that perceive. This is He Whose Presence is the ardent desire of the denizens of the Realm of eternity, and of them that dwell within the Tabernacle of glory, and yet from His Beauty do ye turn aside. “(Baha’u’llah, The Summons of the Lord of Hosts,  5)

“Baha’u’llah kept these experiences to Himself and would not reveal His true station for some time to come.  Meanwhile, His enemies continued to plot His demise.”  (Bowers, God Speaks Again, 32)

Thus  we turn to Baghdad, Iraq for the events that occasion this most holy of Baha’i Festivals.  The Najibiyyih Garden is situated on the East bank of the Tigris River.  “There He received guests from every walk of life who came from the city to pay their respects and to beg Him to stay.”  (God Speaks Again, 56)  He was being exiled yet again by order of the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire to its capital of Constantinople.  A few of his companions and family would accompany Him but those who would be left behind were disconsolate.   To a small group of followers gathered in this garden, Baha’u’llah disclosed that He was the One fortold by the Bab, (His Forerunner) the “One Whom God would make Manifest”.  The majority of the world’s peoples were oblivious of this announcement and the series of events it would set in motion.  And we have little information on the circumstances that occasioned it.  However, the eyewitness accounts of Nabil (author of The Dawnbreakers) described those days in the garden:

“Every day ere the hour of dawn, the gardeners would pick the roses which lined the four avenues of the garden, and would pile them in the centre of the floor of His blessed tent. So great would be the heap that when His companions gathered to drink their morning tea in His presence, they would be unable to see each other across it. All these roses Bahá’u’lláh would, with His own hands, entrust to those whom He dismissed from His presence every morning to be delivered, on His behalf, to His Arab and Persian friends in the city… One night, the ninth night of the waxing moon, I happened to be one of those who watched beside His blessed tent. As the hour of midnight approached, I saw Him issue from His tent, pass by the places where some of His companions were sleeping, and begin to pace up and down the moonlit, flower-bordered avenues of the garden. So loud was the singing of the nightingales on every side that only those who were near Him could hear distinctly His voice. He continued to walk until, pausing in the midst of one of these avenues, He observed: ‘Consider these nightingales. So great is their love for these roses, that sleepless from dust till dawn, they warble their melodies and commune with burning passion with the object of their adoration. How then can those who claim to be afire with the rose-like beauty of the Beloved choose to sleep?’ For three successive nights I watched and circled round His blessed tent. Every time I passed by the couch whereon He lay, I would find Him wakeful,

and every day, from morn till eventide, I would see Him ceaselessly engaged in conversing with the stream of visitors who kept flowing in from Baghdad. Not once could I discover in the words He spoke any trace of dissimulation.”(Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Baha’u’llah v 1, p. 275)

On the day of His departure from Baghdad, the agitation of the citizenry is described by an eyewitness:  “”The great tumult, associated in our minds with the Day of Gathering, the Day of Judgment, we beheld on that occasion.  Believers and unbelievers alike sobbed and lamented.  The chiefs and notables who had congregated were struck with wonder.  Emotions were stirred to such depths as no tongue can describe, nor could any observer escape their contagion.”  Baha’u’llah departed the city on a red roan stallion, the finest his devotees could purchase for Him, as throngs  gathered to bow their heads and even kiss the stirrups of his horse.  He dispensed alms on his way, was ferried across the Tigris and addressed the people with these final words:

“O My companions, I entrust to your keeping this city of Baghdad in the state ye now behold it, when from the eyes of friends and strangers alike, crowding its housetops, its streets and markets, tears like the rain of Spring are flowing down, and I depart.  With you it now rests to watch lest your deeds and conduct dim the flame of love that gloweth within the breasts of its inhabitants.”


During the 12 days of Ridvan (pronounced Rizvan) the first, ninth, and twelfth days are holy days for Baha’is on which work is suspended.  Celebrations are held in Baha’i communities featuring talks, readings, dramas and music commemorating these events. In addition, local spiritual assemblies are elected annually on the first day of Ridvan and national leadership councils (spiritual assemblies) are elected during this twelve-day period. 


Join the Troy-area Interfaith Group

As they celebrate together!!

“Prayer: It’s In Every One of Us”

Thursday, May 5th at 7 PM

at Troy First United Methodist Church

6363 Livernois, Troy, 48098

(North of Square Lake, West side)

A goodwill offering will be taken to benefit Red Cross International Relief efforts, and Troy People Concerned.  Refreshments after the program. You are welcome to bring snacks to share, but please arrive at least 15 minutes before the program begins if you are bringing food.

Jewish Historical Society Led a Bus Tour of Four Historic Detroit church Buildings That Were Formerly Synagogues on Thursday, April 7, 2011
by Gail Katz, WISDOM Co-Founder
I was fortunate to be one of the passengers on a Jewish Historical tour through Detroit on April 7th to view The Church of God in Christ Bailey Cathedral (formerly Congregation Adat Shalom), New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church (formerly Congregation B’nai David), St. Paula A.M.E. Zion Church (formerly Congregation B’nai Moshe) and Clinton Street Greater Bethlehem Temple of the Apostolic Faith (formerly Congregation Shaarey Zedek).
I was quite taken with the Judaica still present in the stones of the walls, the doors and the pulpits in the sanctuaries, along with the stained glass windows.  The juxtaposition of the Jewish symbols next to the Christian crosses and images of Jesus tugged at my heart strings as a devoted interfaith activist.  I thought I would share some of the photos with the readers of the WISDOM WINDOW!!
Bailey Cathedral
  Judaica from the Bailey Cathedral
Jewish Theological 1
Christian and Jewish symbols side by side
Jewish Theological 5
  The Jewish star in the ceiling of one of the historical churches
Jewish Theo 6
  Crosses in the windows of the Bailey Cathedral juxtaposed to the Hebrew lettering that says Beit HaKnesset Adat Shalom (Adat Shalom Synagogue) in the next photo.
If you are interested in this fascinating tour, contact the Jewish Historical Society at 248-432-5517 or info@michjewishhistory.org
Freedom Journeys

Freedom Journeys

by Rabbi Arthur O. Waskow and

Rabbi Phyllis O. Berman

Special to the Jewish News

This book related the themes of Passover to our own modern-day

struggles – from the climate crisis and environmental destruction to corporate greed and personal arrogance.

If a pharaoh fell in the Red Sea but nobody told the story, did it actually happen? No.

If no pharaoh fell in the Red Sea, but we told the story for 3,000 years, did it actually happen? Yes. Is it still happening? Yes. To people brought up in the modern mode of focusing on cold, hard facts, these responses may seem ridiculous. Either something happened, or it didn’t. But suppose we can find no evidence beyond the Bible that our ancient stories of Exodus and wandering in the wilderness actually happened the way we have learned them? Shall we throw them out? Or is there some profound value for our generation in retelling the story of Exodus, of Sinai and of Wilderness? The two of us concluded that there is indeed deep wisdom in reframing and retelling the story, and that is why we wrote Freedom Journeys: The Tale of Exodus and Wilderness Across Millenia (Jewish Lights;$24.99), paying especially close attention tothe transformative roles of women and ofecological upheavals that have often beendownplayed in previoustellings of the story.Modern historians andarcheologists have so far

found little evidence outside the biblical text that the Exodus ever happened, yet the story lives, more powerful than its factuality, because it speaks to deep strands of arrogance, fear, despair and courage in the human process. Far beyond the Jewish community, it has influenced not only the religious traditions of Christianity and Islam, but also the life of black America and many modern secular liberation movements rooted in class, nation, culture and gender. It has even influenced efforts to free and heal the Earth from destructive exploitation. The pharaoh motif invoked in news coverage of the recent Egyptian upheaval that overthrew Hosni Mubarak was certainly due not only to geographic accident, but also to the nature of tyranny and popular resistance. And the issues are not only macropolitical, but apply also to the spiritual and psychological struggles of individual human beings confronting their own “internal pharaohs,” when one aspect of the self takes over the whole person, twisting and perverting a person’s humanity by turning other facets of the self into slaves that yearn for freedom and full integration.

As T. S. Eliot wrote, “April is the cruelest month, mixing memory with desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.” Mixing memory with desire – weaving together our memory of the past with our hope for the future, a profound description of the intertwining of Exodus with Passover, Passover with Palm

Sunday, Moses with Martin Luther King, Jr. “Mixing memory with desire” is what the biblical account of Exodus does by weaving together the description of the Exodus itself as a moment in the utter present – hope and desire turned into action – with detailed instructions of how to celebrate that transformative moment, remembering it through festivals far into the future. Looking at the world today, we see the whole human race, the whole planet in a crisis that reminds us of the archetypal tale of Pharaoh and the Ten Plagues, which were ecological disasters brought on by Pharaoh’s arrogance, stubbornness and brutality. Today it is the arrogance of some powerful human institutions that, according to an overwhelming majority of the world’s climatologists, oceanographers and epidemiologists, is leading to the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere heating up in a way that is already disrupting climate patterns and

is likely to bring about radical changes in polar and high-mountain ice, ocean levels, droughts, crops and distribution of disease. These predictions warn of huge movements of new kinds of refugees, deepening

the gulf between the extremely rich and the desperately poor, and could lead to the widespread collapse of many governments. In short, to what the Torah calls “plagues.” But the echo of the Exodus story does not stop there. The ancient story sows the seeds of hope as well. A new community was born at Sinai

and tested in many experiments during the trek in Wilderness. Today, we are seeing the seeds sown for new forms of grass-roots community that curve across our globe. So we believe that whether the story of Pharaoh, the Exodus and the Wilderness “actually happened” or not, our present situation calls us to relearn and rethink the story. It calls upon us to learn in order to act.

Rabbis Arthur Waskow and Phyllis Berman



Bay View Association of the

United Methodist Church

Petoskey, MI



7:30 – 9:00 PM         Voorhies Hall

Five Women of different faith traditions

(Baha’i, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim)

share their journeys



9:30-11:00 AM         Evelyn Hall


MOVEMENT, 1:00 – 2:30 PM Loud Hall, Room 13

Gail Katz (WISDOM Co-Founder) and Deb Hansen

(Interfaith Chaplain) will offer their perspectives

and experience in the Interfaith Movement. Explore how Interfaith Interaction and Celebration are affecting today’s world!!

 Cover of WISDOM Book






1:00  – 2:30 PM    Loud Hall, Room 12

After having had the opportunity to meet several of the contributors to WISDOM’s book, Friendship and Faith, you will now have the chance to share your thoughts, ideas, and experiences

with others.

WISDOM – Women’s Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue

and Outreach in MetroDetroit

www.interfaithwisdom.org             www.friendshipandfaith.com

Every community has a filmmaker …

Every community has teens it wants to engage …

Every teen wants to be heard …

Flips Clips gives a teen a voice!

The future of the Jewish community lies in its ability to meaningfully connect Jewish teens to southeast Michigan. Building on the positive acclaim of the documentary, Detroit Remember When: The Jewish Community, award winning film-makers Sue Marx and Allyson Fink Rockwell, Detroit Public TV and the Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education joined forces to create a short film project  – Flip Clips.

Flip Clips transformed teens into modern day storytellers. It was designed to connect Jewish teens with their Detroit Jewish heritage, focusing on family and community, and ultimately encouraging them to plant their roots in the Detroit area.  Twenty -six teens participated, and the project was funded by community philanthropists, with major funding coming from the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation and the Stephen H. Schulman Millennium Fund.

Flip Clips airs on Detroit Public TV on Sunday, May 15th at 2:30pm. Its movie debut is Sunday, May 22nd at 2:30pm at the Lenore Marwil Film Festival at the Berman Theatre for the Performing Arts on the JCC W. Bloomfield Campus.

For more information contact Dana Loewenstein at dloewenstein@dptv.org   248 – 305-3721


700 surround Islamic Center to protest Terry Jones’ rally plans


Friday, April 22, 2011 

Some of the interfaith clergy – Muslim, Christian, and Jew – stood hand in hand, others stood linked arm in arm, silently surrounding the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn in solidarity this afternoon. With them stood about 700 people, members of the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit, members of the clergies’ congregations, and

supporters. Standing around the perimeter of the Islamic center, their mission was to protest Florida pastor Terry Jones’ plan to hold a rally Friday afternoon outside the Islamic

Center mosque. Jones, known for burning the Q’uran – the Muslim holy book – a month ago as a protest against Islam was nearby at a Dearborn courthouse as Wayne County prosecutors and Dearborn police argued to make Jones pay a bond to cover the cost of

 security for the Dearborn rally. The vigil began at 5:15 PM and ended five minutes later. As the vigil came to a close, Islamic Center Imam Sayed Hassan Al-Qazwini said the Muslim community was “indebted to our Christian friends who have showed us absolute support.” “Terry Jones, he is not representative of the Christian community … Terry Jones is speaking for himself only,” Al-Qazwini said. “This is bigotry and we condemn his
bigotry.” Al-Qazwini and other Islamic Center officials also directed the Muslim
community to attend a peaceful protest at 4 p.m. Friday at the Dearborn Civic Center,
away from the mosque “so as to avoid any confrontation.”

Before the vigil, the InterFaith Leadership Council hosted a nearly one-hour “Vigil for the Beloved Community” program inside the Islamic Center.  A sign outside the large banquet hall read: “Pastor Terry Jones Does Not Speak on Behalf of Christians.” Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly Jr. and U.S. Rep. John Dingell,  a Dearborn Democrat, attended the event, along with the heads of Islamic, Christian and Jewish organizations.

Archbishop Allen Vigneron of the Archdiocese of Detroit also attended the event.  “We have an opportunity to show the nation and the world that it is possible for peoples of many different faiths to respect one another and to foster mutual understanding,” said Vigneron, who also spoke at the program.  The various speakers received frequent rounds of applause and standing ovations as they spoke in support of the Muslim community.

(End of Free Press Article)

 Solidarity at the mosque

The Rev. Dan Buttry and the Rev. Ken Flowers helped to organize the InterFaith Leaderhip Council solidarity rally at the Islamic Center of America on Thursday, April 21st!

David Crumm, publisher of Friendship and Faith and

creator of ReadTheSpirit.com

needs your help.


Below is David’s request!!


We are putting together a prayer from our many religious traditions, but we’re not using any of the traditional prayers.
We’re putting together a prayer in which each line begins, “Open my eyes to …”
We want a wide range of women to write 1 line — or 1 sentence beginning with those words.
No more than 1 sentence.
Please, email this back as soon as possible.


Send your prayers beginning with “Open my eyes to … “


to david.crumm@gmail.com


Community Volunteer Fair

Sponsored by Huron Valley’s celebration of

the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

National Day of Service.


Milford High School

Saturday, May 14th

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m

Keep Huron Valley a reflection of the Beloved Community; where people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds work together to create beautiful and safe neighborhoods! Join us on May 14!

Animal and humanitarian groups, beautification, maintenance, and outdoor clean-up projects for people of all ages! Opportunities for volunteering with dozens of local non-profit and charity organizations! This is your chance to help make a difference!





























Gigi and her mother at the Diversity Champions Breakfast

Gigi photo 1


and below Gigi and her father


Gigi photo 2


Five Women Five Journeys: How Different Are We?
 WISDOM Women together

This unique WISDOM program features personal stories of women of different faith traditions – how their childhood impacted their beliefs today, what the challenges are for women in their faith tradition, what parts of their religion are misunderstood, how reaching out to someone from a different faith has enriched their lives.
To inquire about a Five Women Five Journeys Program for your organization, contact Elaine Schonberger at bookfairmama@comcast.net or Paula Drewek at Drewekpau@aol.com .
Check out the latest story about a friendship that crosses religion, race, or ethnic boundaries at www.friendshipandfaith.com.
Email Gail Katz at gailkatz@comcast.net if you have a personal story for the friendshipandfaith.com website!!

 1)  Go to http://www.readthespirit.com/religious-holidays-festivals/ for fascinating information about upcoming Religious holidays that your neighbors of different faith traditions may be celebrating!!

2)   Go to http://www.readthespirit.com/were-making-news/ for a listing of all the articles written about the WISDOM Book Friendship and Faith: the WISDOM of Women Creating Alliances for Peace.

Go to our WISDOM websites at www.interfaithwisdom.org

Read our interfaith story of the week from our book Friendship and Faith,

and find the link to buy the book at

Amazon at

Contact Information


Gail Katz gailkatz@comcast.net
phone: 248-978-6664

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