From the TWIST supplement to the Detroit FreePress

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Leaders of WISDOM from let, Trish Harris, of Bloomfield Hills, Gail Katz of West Bloomfield, Shahina Begg, of Bloomfield Hills, and Peggy Kalis, of Livonia, all in their 50’s, have resolved to put their faith into action.

December 24, 2006


Trish Harris, who is Catholic; Gail Katz, who is Jewish; Shahina Begg, who converted to Islam from Hinduism, and Peggy Kalis, who belongs to the Unity church, met last year. Within months, over informal lunches, they formed the Women’s Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach in Metro Detroit (WISDOM). Here’s what the four said were some of their guiding principles, which helped them put faith into action.

  1. Remember the Golden Rule and that it’s universal across faiths. When the WISDOM group packed aid packages for children affected by war in the Sudan’s Darfur region earlier this month, they asked participants to recite a tenet from more than a dozen represented faiths about how to love your neighbor as yourself.
  2. If you’ve got a project in mind, start small. Pick something meaningful that you can manage
  3. As important as what people believe is how they behave.
  4. Don’t be afraid to shine a light on what you believe and have accomplished. WISDOM is going online at month’s end with
  5. Pray for renewal. Feel the doubt and the fear … and do it anyway!

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.


WISDOM is a Non-Profit Organization. Get involved with WISDOM!

WISDOM’s challenge is to bring together people from different faith traditions, ethnicities, races, and cultures in an atmosphere of safety and respect to engage in educational and community service projects. Let’s change our world through the positive power of building relationships!