WISDOM Newsletter – Sep 11, 2011 Special

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A SPECIAL WISDOM WINDOW
ABOUT THE ACTS OF KINDNESS DETROIT
COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENT
SEPTEMBER 11, 2011

 

WISDOM
 ACTS OF KINDNESS (A-OK) DETROIT

A DAY OF COMMUNITY SERVICE

AND DIALOGUE

ON THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11

AT FOCUS: HOPE IN DETROIT

1355 Oakman Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48238-2881
(313) 494-5500

 

PLEASE SUPPORT THIS OPPORTUNITY

TO COME TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE OUR DIVERSITY

AND WORK TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITY

A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE.

 

Wear RED, WHITE, or BLUE

Clothing to this 9/11 Event

 

To register for AOK Detroit

Go to

http://www.usrising.org/serviceday.php

 

You will receive an email confirmation

after you register with detailed information

about our September 11th A-OK event!!

 

Donations to support this 9/11 A-OK event

would be greatly appreciated to help us pay for supplies and food for our volunteers!!

See Below!!

 

A-OK Flyer Revised

 

 

 

 

A-OK Detroit on 9/11Breakdown of the Day’s Agenda!!

 

For folks working on the outdoor beautification projects near Focus: Hope or in the Food Pantry Warehouse at Focus: HOPE

 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Check in and get project assignments

1:00 – 1:30 PM – Kick Off Rally –

2:00 – 4:00 PM – Community Service Projects

4:00 – 5:15 PM – Get Refreshments in Cafeteria and Participate in the “Get to Know You” Dialogue in Focus: HOPE Conference Rooms

 

For our teens and adults working on the indoor projects (backpacks for Detroit Public School students, kits for DPS teachers, and writing letters to our troops)

 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Check in and get project assignments

1:00 – 1:30 PM – Kick Off Rally

2:00 – 3:00 PM Community Service Projects

3:00 – 4:00 PM “Get to Know You” Dialogue

4:00 – 5:15 PM – Refreshments in Cafeteria and Conversation

 

Questions? Contact Gail Katz, gailkatz@comcast.net, 248-978-6664

 

Metro Detroit community groups transform 9/11 anniversary with ‘acts of kindness’Multicultural groups work side by side

in spirit of hope, harmony and unity

 

Press Release!!

 

DETROIT—-Major community leaders and organizations have joined to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with a day of community service and intercultural connection called A-OK (Acts of Kindness) Detroit

 

A-OK Detroit aims to transform 9/11 into a day of caring and service by bringing together diverse community groups with common missions of unity, peace, and mutual understanding.

On September 11, volunteers from ACCESS, Women’s Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach in MetroDetroit (WISDOM), the Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan, City Year Detroit, United Way, and J-Serve will come together in service activities focused around Focus:HOPE’s campus and its food outreach, education and community revitalization efforts.

“The Acts of Kindness (A-OK) mission is to transform 9/11 into a day for people to work side by side to make their community a better place to live,” said Gail Katz, co-founder of WISDOM and a board member of the Interfaith Leadership Council. Katz was a leader in launching the A-OK Detroit last year with more than 400 volunteers working on a number of projects in southwest Detroit.

“With this new approach, 9/11 becomes a day to find our commonality as human beings. As we work together, we reduce myths and stereotypes about the ‘other’ and increase respect and understanding,” she said. “We must continue to maintain our relationships and move forward-getting more people together to talk, perform community service together, and find out what we all have in common.”

“We want to make sure that we keep this message going long in the future, not just one day a year, but as a way of life,” according to Hassan Jaber, executive director of ACCESS. “When young people work side by side with those from different cultures and backgrounds, they have a wonderful way of focusing not on their differences but on their commonalities. In this way, our young people become examples for all of us, leading us forward into a brighter future.”

“This special day of service shows both the power and the beauty of people from different backgrounds working together in a spirit of harmony and unity,” said Focus:HOPE CEO William F. Jones Jr. “It is an honor for Focus:HOPE to host Acts of Kindness Detroit. My hope and belief is that this day will advance the effort to build a metropolitan community of people who respect and embrace our differences and our similarities.”

 As we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11, we would like to offer you an opportunity to join with others in creating a prayer of hope for our future.

In May, WISDOM women created a beautiful prayer that dealt with diversity in response to the words “Open my eyes to …,” which may be viewed on our website at www.interfaithwisdom.org. We would like to use a similar format to create prayers of hope for our nation and our world in honor of the upcoming commemoration of 9/11 in the spirit of remembrance and renewal.

Just complete the line:

” I hope for a world where …”

and email your response to David Crumm at david.crumm@gmail.com by August 31st and look for these prayers on www.readthespirit.com and www.interfaithwisdom.org around Sunday, September 11th.

Please identify your prayer as a WISDOM response, since we will have other prayers from other organizations that will be participating in the Acts of Kindness (A-OK) Detroit event down at Focus: HOPE that WISDOM is co-sponsoring on Sunday, September 11th.

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!!
LINKS THAT YOU CAN USE FOR MORE INFORMATION!!

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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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.

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