May 2020

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Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic the WISDOM Membership Dinner on May 27th has been cancelled. It is now a zoom installation for the WISDOM officers and board.

WISDOM elects new officers and board

WISDOM has elected officers and board members for 2020-21. They will be installed at WISDOM’s annual meeting, which will be conducted via ZOOM starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 27.
These women were nominated for two-year terms as officers:
President: Teri Weingarden, Jewish, of West Bloomfield
Vice Presidents, Board Development: Paula Drewk, Baha’i, of Warren, and Patricia Harris, Roman Catholic, of Bloomfield Hills
Vice Presidents, Membership: Bobbie Lewis, Jewish, of Detroit, and Shama Mehta, Hindu, of Livonia
Vice Presidents, Programming: Sameena Basha, Muslim, of Bloomfield Hills and Ayesha Khan, Muslim, of Bloomfield Hills
Vice Presidents, Public Relations/Marketing: Karin Dains, LDS, of Lathrup Village and Gail Katz, Jewish, of Bloomfield Hills

New members nominated to the board are:

  • Rev. Stancy Adams of Bloomfield Hills, Baptist, associate pastor at Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church and chair of the Interfaith Leadership Council.
  • Mary Gilhuly of Oak Park, Roman Catholic, an artist and designer and co-founder of Song & Spirit Institute for Peace
  • Suzanne Levin of Pleasant Ridge; Jewish, a retired physician assistant
  • Reem Saleh of Dearborn, Muslim, a hospice social worker
  • Rev. Diane Van Marter of Detroit, United Methodist, pastor of Faith Macomb United Methodist Church

General board members continuing their two-year terms are the Rev. Dr. Rose Cooper, Unity, of Lathrup Village; Uzma Sharaf, Muslim, of Bloomfield Hills, and the Rev. Carolyn Simon. Unity, of Southfield.
WISDOM’s Advisory Board includes Parwin Anwar, Muslim, of Sterling Heights; Sharon Buttry, Baptist, of Hamtramck; Peggy Dahlberg, Episcopalian, of Bloomfield Hills; Fran Hildebrandt, Jewish, of Farmington Hills; Delores Lyons, Buddhist, of Detroit; Brenda Rosenberg, Jewish, of Bloomfield Hills; Gigi Salka, Muslim, of Bloomfield Hills and Maryann Schlie, Unity, of Beverly Hills.

General members of WISDOM are welcome; annual dues are $25 and may be paid via the WISDOM website, General members are invited to join any of WISDOM’s standing committees: Board Development, Finance, Membership, Program and Public Relations.

WISDOM wishes everyone to remain safe and healthy at this very difficult and scary time!!

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.


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