WISDOM Newsletter – September 2011

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Sunday, September 11th

Acts of Kindness (A-OK) Detroit, Community Service Projects for Adults, young adults, and teens. Event will be held at Focus Hope, 1400 Oakman Blvd., Detroit.

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

1:30 – 2:00 PM Kick off

2:00 – 4:00 PM Community Service Projects

4:00 – 5:15 PM Refreshments and interfaith/intercultural dialogue.

To register and for more information go to http://www.usrising.org/serviceday.php

Contact Gail Katz, gailkatz@comcast.net with any questions.

Wednesday, September 14

WISDOM Film Discussion Group will kick off with Dr. Parvinder Mehta of Wayne State University, leading a discussion of the movie “Arranged.” The movie is about a friendship between an Orthodox Jewish women and a Muslim women who meet as first year teachers in a public school in Brooklyn, NY. 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM at the Birmingham Community House in conjunction with the Diversity Task Force, 380 S. Bates St., Birmingham, 48009, cookies and coffee served!! Contact Sheri Schiff to register, sheritschiff@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 21

Five Women Five Journeys Panel Presentation at Christ Church Cranbrook, 470 Church Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304. Call Peggy Dahlberg, Director of Parish Programs and Children’s Ministries for more information (248) 644-5210, ext. 12

Thursday, October 27

“Flowers Aren’t Enough,” an event to educate women and teenaged girls about abusive relationships. Sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women (Greater Detroit Section) and Temple Israel Sisterhood, and supported by WISDOM. The program will begin at 7:00 PM at Temple Israel, 5725 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield. For more information contact NCJW at 248-355-3300. See Flyer Below!!

Friday, November 11

Jewish Book Fair: Ma Baseema: Middle Eastern Cooking with Chaldean Flair. Discussion of the book with a cooking demonstration and tasting. WISDOM is a sponsor. 11:30 AM at the West Bloomfield Jewish Community Center.

Wednesday, November 16

Five Women Five Journeys presentation at St. Mary, Our Lady of the Snows Parish, 1955 E. Commerce Rd., Milford. 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Contact Mary at the church at 248-685-2702, or Elaine at WISDOM, bookfairmama@comcast.net

Sunday, December 4

“Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus” – an interfaith panel program, sponsored by the Interfaith Leadership Council, will be held in conjunction with the Rembrandt exhibit from 2:30 pm – 6:30 PM at the Detroit Institute of Art. There will be a charge for this event. Contact Gail Katz at gailkatz@comcast.net More information to follow!!

Thursday, December 8

Make an interfaith beaded jewelry bracelet with Nomi Joyrich, owner of the Franklin Bead Works. Program will run from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Unity of Farmington Hills 32500 West 13 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, 48334. Cost for attendance is $35.00 which will include beads, charms, staff time and a light supper!! RSVP to Gail Katz, gailkatz@comcast.net

Sunday, December 11

Kids Against Hunger Project – Community Service project to package dry meals for the hungry in Metro Detroit and abroad – at the Rush Trucking Warehouse 38500 Van Born Road, Wayne, MI 48184. 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Contact Gail Katz at gailkatz@comcast.net or Paula Drewek at drewekpau@aol.com

Wednesday, January 11

WISDOM film discussion group meets to view the film “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.” Discussion will be facilitated by the Rev. Dan Buttry, American International Baptist Ministries. 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM at the Birmingham Community House in conjunction with the Race Relations and Diversity Task Force, 380 S. Bates St., Birmingham, 48009, cookies and coffee served!! Contact Sheri Schiff to register, sheritschiff@gmail.com

Jews and Muslims Share Common Values, Poll Says

Muslim and Jewish Americans share common values on key questions, according to a Gallup poll.

The poll, released Tuesday, found that the Muslim Americans exceeded Jewish belief in religious pluralism and in the fairness of elections, and also in support of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – 81 percent for Muslims, 78 percent for Jews.

Jews and Muslims also were the only religious groups surveyed in which a majority backed President Obama.

Jews were the least likely group, besides Muslims, to question the loyalty of Muslims, with 70 percent of Jewish Americans denying that Muslim Americans sympathize with the al-Qaeda terrorist group and 80 percent agreeing that Muslims are loyal to the United States. They disagreed, however, on whether Muslims spoke out enough against terrorism, with 28 percent of Muslims and 65 percent of Jews saying that Muslims were not vocal enough. The 65 percent put Jews in the middle of the religious groups surveyed.

Interestingly, Jewish respondents were slightly more likely than Muslims to believe that Muslims face prejudice in American society.

The poll included results from the Gallup Heathways Well-being index conducted from Jan. 1, 2010 to April 9, 2011, as well as two independent studies of the Muslim-American population conducted from Feb. 10 to March 11, 2010 and Oct. 1-21, 2010, by a Gallup-affiliated research group based in the United Arab Emirates. According to researchers, the poll had a margin of error of 6.6 percent for Muslims and 7.3 percent for Jews.

The study also found that Muslims were the least likely religious group to agree that there is ever justification for individuals or small groups to attack civilians, that the generation that came of age post-9/11 are more likely to report feelings of anger than their peers, but that anger is reported less among those that regularly attend religious services.

“As children of Abraham, Jews and Muslims recognize that we don’t just share a common faith but also a single fate,” Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, an organization devoted to outreach between the Jewish community and other ethnic groups, said in an interview with JTA.

“People will be overwhelmed by these findings. The perception is that the Muslim Jewish relationship in the U.S. is one of conflict, not of cooperation. This is just the opposite of what we’ve found in the field.”


Below are some links to articles – some with video! Check them out. 

For Bloomfield Hills Couple, Ramadan Brings Spiritual Awakening, Closer Walk with God!!




Hate Causes a Lifetime of Pain





A Ramadan Story Of Two Faiths Bound In Friendship


A Church, a Shul, and a Mosque Try Faithful Experiment

In Omaha, Three Faiths Join To Build Sanctuaries Together

Multi-Faith: Jon Meyers (left) and John Waldbaum (right) of Temple Israel talk with Azhar Kalim of Omaha's new Islamic center.

Multi-Faith: Jon Meyers (left) and John Waldbaum (right) of Temple Israel talk with Azhar Kalim of Omaha’s new Islamic center.


Deep in America’s heartland, a Reform synagogue, a nondenominational mosque and an Episcopalian church are all putting down roots on a 37-acre tract of land that once belonged to a Jewish country club. A body of water called Hell Creek runs through the development, over which the faith groups plan to build “Heaven’s Bridge.”

Fantastical as it sounds, this interfaith campus is currently in the works in Omaha, Neb. Slated for completion in 2014, the Tri-Faith Initiative is an experiment in religious coexistence in a city better known as a hub of corn-fed conservatism.

“The only other place where such a thing exists is Jerusalem,” said Dr. Syed Mohiuddin, chairman of the Creighton University School of Medicine. Mohiuddin’s organization, the American Institute of Islamic Studies and Culture, is building a mosque on the campus. “Jerusalem is so important to these three faiths. We are sort of reproducing that model.”

If the experiment works, the city of Omaha – with a metropolitan area population of about 900,000, including 5,500 Jews, 6,000 Muslims and 4,500 Episcopalians – will become a beacon of cooperation in a world of interreligious strife. But before that can happen, the three groups still need to navigate fears, stereotypes and bureaucratic hang-ups.


Read the complete article at: http://forward.com/articles/140929/#ixzz1UZ50aSIs



By Imam Steve Mustapha Elturk

Shariah sometimes is portrayed as an antiquated Islamic system of law that is barbaric with no regard for values of democracy, human rights or women’s freedom. In fact, the opposite is true: Social welfare, freedom, human dignity and human relationships are among the higher objectives of Shariah.

What does Shariah mean?

The word Shariah comes from the Arabic: sha-ra-‘a, which means a way or path and by extension-the path to be followed. The term originally was used to describe “the path that leads to water,” since water is the source of all life. Hence, Shariah is the way to the source of life. Shariah in Islam refers to the law according to divine guidance leading to a good and happy life in this world and the next.

The concept behind Shariah is not unique to Islam and is found in nearly all of the world’s great religions. Moses, peace be upon him, received the Torah incorporating the Mosaic Law and the Ten Commandments. Look at the sampling of religious codes, shown at right, for more examples. In Islam, we look primarily to the revelation that came when the Quran was revealed to Muhammad, peace be upon him, incorporating the final Shariah for the benefit of humankind. “For each of you We have appointed a law (Shariah) and a way of life. And had God so willed, He would surely have made you one single community; instead, (He gave each of you a law and a way of life) in order to test you by what He gave you.” (Quran 5:48)

Sources of Shariah

There are basically two sources of Shariah-the Quran and the Sunnah (the divinely guided tradition of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him). There is also what is called fiqh or Islamic jurisprudence. There is a fundamental difference, however, between Shariah and fiqh. While Shariah is of divine origin, fiqh is the product of intellectual effort to deduce the rulings of Shariah through the jurist’s own intellectual exertion suitable for his specific time and place. Fiqh interprets and extends the application of Shariah to situations not directly addressed in the primary sources by taking recourse to secondary sources. Those secondary sources usually include a consensus of religious scholars called ijma and analogical deductions from the Quran and the Sunnah called qiyas. While the Quran and the Sunnah are permanent and unchangeable, fiqh is variable and may change with time and place-but always within the spirit and parameters of these two main sources of Shariah: the Quran and Sunnah.

Objectives of Shariah

Shariah aims at the welfare of the people in this life and in the life hereafter. The sources of Shariah guide people to adopt a set of beliefs and practices that would help them ward off evil, injury, misery, sorrow, and distress. These beliefs and practices may result in benefit, happiness, pleasure, and contentment not only in this world, but also in the next. The Quran confirms, “Whoever follows My guidance, when it comes to you [people], will not go astray nor fall into misery, but whoever turns away from it will have a life of great hardship.” (Quran 20:123-124)

It is an error to define Shariah as a “legal-political-military doctrine,” as some political activists claim. It also is wrong to associate and restrict Shariah only to the punitive laws of Islam. The fact is that Shariah is all-embracing and encompasses personal as well as collective spheres in daily living. Shariah includes the entire sweep of life: Prayers, charity, fasting, pilgrimage, morality, economic endeavors, political conduct and social behavior, including caring for one’s parents and neighbors, and maintaining kinship.

Shariah’s goal is to protect and promote basic human rights, including faith, life, family, property and intellect. Islam has, in fact, adopted two courses for the preservation of these five indispensables: the first is through cultivating religious consciousness in the human soul and the awakening of human awareness through moral education; the second is by inflicting deterrent punishment, which is the basis of the Islamic criminal system. Other major bodies of religious law in the world, including the Canon Law used by the Catholic church, contain both legal outlines of responsibilities and codes for punishing misbehavior.


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Why the Buddha Touched the Earth 

By John Stanley & David Loy


The entire cosmos is a cooperative. The sun, the moon, and the stars live together as a cooperative. The same is true for humans and animals, trees, and the Earth. When we realize that the world is a mutual, interdependent, cooperative enterprise — then we can build a noble environment. If our lives are not based on this truth, then we shall perish.” —Buddhadasa Bhikkhu


“The term ‘engaged Buddhism’ was created to restore the true meaning of Buddhism. Engaged Buddhism is simply Buddhism applied in our daily lives. If it’s not engaged, it can’t be called Buddhism. Buddhist practice takes place not only in monasteries, meditation halls and Buddhist institutes, but in whatever situation we find ourselves. Engaged Buddhism means the activities of daily life combined with the practice of mindfulness. —Thich Nhat Hanh


In one of Buddhism’s iconic images, Gautama Buddha sits in meditation with his left palm upright on his lap, while his right hand touches the earth. Demonic forces have tried to unseat him, because their king, Mara, claims that place under the bodhi tree. As they proclaim their leader’s powers, Mara demands that Gautama produce a witness to confirm his spiritual awakening. The Buddha simply touches the earth with his right hand, and the Earth itself immediately responds: “I am your witness.” Mara and his minions vanish. The morning star appears in the sky. This moment of supreme enlightenment is the central experience from which the whole of the Buddhist tradition unfolds.


The great 20th-century Vedantin, Ramana Maharshi said that the Earth is in a constant state of dhyana. The Buddha’s earth-witness mudra (hand position) is a beautiful example of “embodied cognition.” His posture and gesture embody unshakeable self-realization. He does not ask heavenly beings for assistance. Instead, without using any words, the Buddha calls on the Earth to bear witness.

The Earth has observed much more than the Buddha’s awakening. For the last 3 billion years the Earth has borne witness to the evolution of its innumerable life-forms, from unicellular creatures to the extraordinary diversity and complexity of plant and animal life that flourishes today. We not only observe this multiplicity, we are part of it — even as our species continues to damage it. Many biologists predict that half the Earth’s plant and animal species could disappear by the end of this century on the current growth trajectories of human population, economy and pollution. This sobering fact reminds us that global warming is the primary, but not the only, extraordinary ecological crisis confronting us today.


To read the rest of this article go to: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-stanley/buddhism-and-climate-change_b_925651.html

Brigid’s Place Pink Iftar Dinner

Pink Iftar

Since its founding, Brigid’s Place in Austin, Texas has established connections with women from other faith backgrounds. Brigid’s Place has honored common roots by celebrating the women’s Passover Seder annually since 1998 during which women of all ages and faiths meet to experience a feminist liturgy for the traditional Passover Seder meal. Two Jewish table heads lead 8-to-10 women from other faiths through the Seder experience and share their own family traditions in order to foster better understanding and mutual respect.

Some Muslim women attended the 2009 Women’s Seder and became energized to create a similar experience that would promote understanding of Muslim traditions and celebrate the accomplishments of Muslim women through the ages. In 2010, Brigid’s Place celebrated its first-ever Women’s Ramadan Iftar with an educational talk followed by traditional prayers, breaking the fast, and a delicious meal. As with the Women’s Seder, the Women’s Ramadan Iftar celebration now is an annual event.

The Pink Iftar Committee, Brigid’s Place, and Christ Church Cathedral in Austin, Texas have planned another unique interfaith experience for non-Muslim women interested in learning about, celebrating, and honoring Muslim women’s contributions to the arts, sciences, religious and academic scholarship, politics, and everyday life. The Second Annual Pink Iftar Dinner will be Thursday, August 18, at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue in Austin. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and at 7:15 Dr. Elora Shehabuddin of Rice University will open the program with a discussion about Islamic Faith and Feminism. Muslim women of diverse backgrounds will gather to welcome women from other faith traditions and lead a conversation about their life experiences and perspectives. Traditional Ramadan foods from around the world will be served along side engaging conversation.

The purpose of Brigid’s Place is to promote ecumenical relationships that are mutual, inclusive, and provide unity in diversity; relationships whose basis is love and “power with” rather than “power over” or privilege. Brigid’s Place is named after St. Brigid, a fifth century Irish Celtic Saint who founded a monastery of nuns and monks based on the social concept of equality of men and women. They were known for their wisdom, compassion, hospitality, and healing.



Rev. Stephanie Warfield, MA, BCC
Chaplain, Seton Cancer Care Team
Austin Cancer Center
2600 E MLK Blvd.
Austin, TX 78702
512.294.1897 (cell)
512.474.2695 (FAX)

Clergy Beyond Borders PRESS ADVISORY

 Friday, Aug. 19, 2011 Contact: Katherine Mullen

914-309-7804 (day, evening)

 Religious Leaders to Amplify Voices of Pluralism, Confront Extremism during Multi-State Inter-faith Campaign Following 9/11 Anniversary

 Washington, D.C. – The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks calls Americans to

promote voices for freedom and oppose the voices of extremism in every faith community. On Sept. 11, Clergy Beyond Borders will embark on a two-week journey across America to spread the message that religious diversity is an essential value in Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Attacks on any faith community and on freedom of religion promotes extremism and threatens peace in America and abroad.

Using an approach modeled on interfaith dialogue, Clergy Beyond Borders will present

and teach resources for use by community members, clergy and divinity students so that they can respond to attacks on faith communities within the U.S., including anti-Islam sentiment. Each stop on the tour will respond to local communities’ needs and include sources for pluralism within Abrahamic traditions and resources for conflict resolution. The Tennessee program, and others as applicable, will focus on discouraging current anti-Shari’ah legislative efforts as well as opposing religious bigotry in all its forms.

Speakers on the tour will include Founder and President of Clergy Beyond Borders,

Imam Yahya Hendi, who is also the Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University and a member of the Islamic Jurisprudence Council of North America. Other participants include Rabbi Gerald Serotta, Executive Director of Clergy Beyond Borders and founding Chair of Rabbis for Human Rights-North America; Rev. Dr. Adam Bunnell, a Conventual Franciscan Friar and Roman Catholic priest who currently serves as Special Assistant to the President for International and Interfaith Relations at Bellarmine University; and Rev. Carole A. Crumley, an Episcopal priest who has served as Senior Program Director at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation since 1997.

The Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of the Jewish Theological

Seminary of America, the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement, and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), among other Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and interfaith organizations and individuals, have endorsed Clergy Beyond Borders’ Religious Leaders’ Caravan for Reconciliation.

 Clergy Beyond Borders:


Religious Leaders’ Caravan for Reconciliation:

An American Journey of Clergy Beyond Borders  

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 – Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011

Coming to Detroit, MI on Sept. 22



Clergy Beyond Borders (CBB) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to an active religious

pluralism that goes beyond mere tolerance for difference. The basic premise of our work is the conviction that all religions contain a message of commitment to improving the world, and that too often the differences rather than the commonalities become the subject for discussion. CBB promotes mutual recognition among religious communities, seeking not to remove meaningful borders between them, but rather building bridges of understanding and cooperation.


For specific travel times and locations or to make advance arrangements for interviews,

please contact Katherine Mullen at 914-309-7804.

For more information on Clergy Beyond Borders, visit: www.ClergyBeyondBorders.org  



Flowers Aren't Enough
Temple Israel Visit Temple Israel Visit 2On Friday evening, August 26th, WISDOM hosted a site visit to a Jewish House of Worship, Temple Israel in West Bloomfield. About 30 visitors of different faith traditions met with Gail Katz, WISDOM Co-Founder and member of Temple Israel, in the main sanctuary to learn about some of the basics of Judaism along with a description of some of the beautiful Judaica in the synagogue. Above on the left is one of the six stained glass windows in Temple Israel, depicting Isaac M. Wise, the founder of Reform Judaism in America. On the right is the golden Ark that houses the beautiful Torah scrolls pictured below. The Ark is made to resemble the portable one that the Jews carried with them when they wandered in the desert. The twelve circles on the front of the Ark represent the twelve tribes of Israel.


Temple Israel 3Temple Israel 4

Cindy Kandel, Temple Israel bar and batmitzvah tutor, took out one of the Torah scrolls and unrolled it so that our WISDOM visitors could get a good look at the holy Hebrew text of the Torah.


Temple Israel 5

The visit to Temple Israel is the first in a series of visits to houses of worship of many faith traditions. Other visits are being planned and will be publicized in the WISDOM Window in the near future.





6:30 pm – 9:30 pm


First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham

1669 West Maple Road

Birmingham, MI


How much do you really know about other religions? On Thursday, September 22nd, start a year long journey with Face to Faith in order to help break down the stereotypes that divide us and find some of the many things that Jews, Christians, and Muslims share in common.


Please RSVP by September 20th to facetofaith@yahoo.com and include your religion.

BBYO Teens: Register on www.b-linked.org to reserve your spot! Registration opens on August 25th and closes on September 20th.


Questions? Contact Gail Katz at gailkatz@comcast.net



Who Needs Sabbath?

posted by Rabbi Brad Hirschfield | Thursday August 25, 2011

Who Needs Sabbath? We all do. We all need a Sabbath – one that nurtures the body and the soul. But as religious leaders tend to spend more time defining what that means, convincing others to share their definition and condemning those who don’t share it as missing out on the having a “real” Sabbath, most people can’t imagine that Sabbath is for everyone and that it can look different from person to person and community to community while still remaining an authentic Sabbath.


Sabbath is a method or a value more than it is a rigid recipe or fixed practice. That may sound odd coming from a traditional Jew whose Sabbath observance is defined by many rules – rules which include many fixed practices and which prohibit all kinds of behaviors deemed to violate the Sabbath. I love that Sabbath and feel with all my heart that it achieves its goals, but it is the goals which need to be achieved and there have always been many ways to do that depending on the time and place in which Sabbath was observed.


Sabbath as described in the Hebrew Bible bears little outward resemblance to contemporary Jewish practice, and even among contemporary Jews, there is a wide range of what is experienced as Sabbath observance. The constant among all that change is, or should be, about a very simply idea: whoever you are, you should take about 15 percent of your time each week to remind yourself that you are more than that which you achieve or accomplish.


Sabbath was a radical innovation when it was introduced some 2,000 years ago, and it remains a radical concept to this day. No matter what happens, that you exist as you are, is worthy of celebration. No matter what anybody says or does to you, you are an infinitely valuable creation endowed with inalienable dignity, the right to be free and to enjoy a measure of rest on a regular basis. That has been the essence of Sabbath, in Jewish tradition at least for millennia, and while I may understand how that is accomplished in very specific ways, the ways are not the issue – feeling those feelings and connecting to the sacredness of our existence, are the issues.


If someone wants to know why I Sabbath as I do, great! I am always happy to explain because I love it and because it works. But in this crazy world, moving at a pace and filled with demands that make increasingly difficult for people to feel their own true value, however one gets to that place of rest, what the book of Exodus describes as being re-souled, is the thing upon which we should all be focused.

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The Song and Spirit Institute for Peace and its partners in faith throughout metro Detroit are proud to announce a Spirit of Assisi celebration, Thursday-Saturday, October 27-29, 2011. Commemorating the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s historic 1986 gathering of leaders of all faiths in Assisi, Italy to pray together for peace, we join in cooperation with the Archdiocese of Detroit, and with the support of area churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other interfaith organizations, in a peace-filled dialogue – a cultural and spiritual exchange – with our brothers and sisters from a variety of faith communities.


Thursday, October 27, at 1:30 p.m. the Archdiocese of Detroit will host Pilgrims for Peace at St. Fabian Catholic Church, 32200 W. 12 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI.


Religious leaders from Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Orthodox (Christian), Protestant, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and other communities will be on hand to present documents and statements on world peace. This will also include a Peace presentation from area schoolchildren and music performance from Song and Spirit, featuring Jewish and Franciscan story-telling/song-writing duo, Maggid Steve Klaper and Bro. Al Mascia, OFM.

Pilgrims for Peace


Contact: Michael W. Hovey, Coordinator, AOD Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations,

Phone: (313) 237-4678 – email: hovey.michael@aod.org


Friday October 28, at 7:30 p.m., we welcome the entire interfaith community to Reform/Renewal-style Jewish Sabbath services at Congregation Shir Tikvah, 3900 Northfield Parkway, Troy, MI. Rabbi Arnie Sleutelberg and Maggid Steve Klaper will be joined by New York-based Cantor Ellen Dreskin, a nationally known Jewish teacher, program leader and musician. Refreshments to follow.


Jewish Sabbath Worship contact: Maggid Steve Klaper, Song and Spirit, ph. 248-895-3011

email: songandspirit@gmail.com


Saturday, October 29, 10:00 am – 4:00 p.m. we will host study sessions, storytelling, classes, and discussions with local

Jewish, Muslim and Franciscan teachers at the Song and Spirit Institute for Peace, 2599 Harvard, Berkley, MI.


Saturday sessions contact:Brother Al Mascia, OFM, Song and Spirit, ph. 313-320-0548 – email: alofm@hotmail.com


Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m., we will present a musical program at St. Hugo of the Hills, 2215 Opdyke Road, Bloomfield Hills, with a community interfaith choir, followed by a Song and Spirit concert, featuring Maggid Steve Klaper and Bro. Al Mascia, OFM.


Saturday evening program contact: Maggid Steve Klaper, Song and Spirit, ph. 248-895-3011 email: songandspirit@gmail.com


All events are free of charge and open to the public. More details regarding Pilgrims for Peace participants and teachers and session leaders for Saturday morning and afternoon will be announced. It is our hope that these exciting, insightful and uplifting activities will build bridges of faith and understanding within our diverse communities. On its 25 anniversary, we embrace The Spirit of Assisi as an example to be embodied — a guiding force to heal a broken world, to complete that which cries for completion, to bring Shalom/Salaam to the world.

New Beginnings:
Let’s Work Together

An interfaith service and get-together to lift up Detroit

Sponsored by the Detroit Interfaith

Outreach Network (DION)
Sunday, September 25, 2011

1:00-4:00pm Fort Street Presbyterian Church

631 W. Fort Street, Detroit, MI 48226


1:00 pm Social Hour & Potluck

Let us know what dishes you will bring when you RSVP.


2:00 pm Screening of the film “Coexistence: Is It Possible?” and discussion on ways we can work together for our city.


3:00 pm Concluding prayers, hymns, and readings.

We will also be accepting donations of gently-used clothing and unopened toiletries for the “Open Door Program” for the needy.



Rabbi Dorit Edut – mutzim@aol.com

Randy Commissaris commissaris@wayne.edu


Secure parking is available.


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.

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