WISDOM Newsletter – February 2014

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In this issue
WISDOM Calendar
MIXED coming to Marygrove
IFLC presents Birth and Coming of Age Across the Faith Traditions
Besa: The Promise at the Holocaust Memorial Center
NAIN: Save the Date
Women Transcending Boundaries
Song and Spirit Institute for Peace
Religious Diversity Journeys for Seventh Graders
Interfaith Marriage
Five Women Five Journeys
Friendship and Faith

Calendar for WISDOM and Other Interfaith Events



Friday, February 28th

See the play MIXED at Marygrove College

See Flyer Below


Sunday, March 9th

3:30 PM to 6:00 PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church

26998 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak

Birth and Coming of Age Across the Faith Traditions

A Panel Discussion Sharing and Comparing

Religious Rituals and Practices

Cost $10.  To register to go www.detroitinterfaithcouncil.com

See Flyer Below!


Saturday, March 15th

Women in Islam

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

IONA (Islamic Organization of North America) Mosque in Warren

28630 Ryan Rd. Warren MI 48092

Speakers are:

Imam Steve Elturk, Najah Bazzy, Parwin Anwar

For more information email Parwin at pqanwar@hotmail.com or call her at (586) 268-8784


Thursday, March 20th

6:00 – 9:00 PM

Face to Faith high school teen event

Birmingham Unitarian Church

38651 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, MI

contact Gail Katz

gailkatz@comcast.net  for more information


Thursday, April 3rd

Showing of the film Besa: The Promise

At the Holocaust Memorial Center

Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills

See Flyer Below!


Sunday, August 10th – Wednesday August 13th

Save the Date

NAIN (North American Interfaith Conference) Coming to Wayne State University

See flyer below!




Coming to Marygrove College

Marygrove Theatre

8425 McNichols Road West

Detroit, MI 48221



Friday, February 28th!!



“MIXED” is a play that confronts issues of diversity, inclusion, identity and anti-racism, along with growth, loss and love, often times from the unique perspective of bi-racial and multi-ethnic characters. There is also an historical plot line woven into the play that tells the story of three generations of African American Women in the post Civil War South.  It’s original, entertaining, educational, & thought provoking. There will be a talk- back with the audience after the show.  Performance time runs 90 minutes.


WISDOM is asking people to bring warm coats, hats, mittens, gloves to help the homeless that are being serviced by the Song and Spirit Institute for Peace in Berkley!  There will be a collection at the theater at this evening’s performance!


Marygrove College Theatre  8:00pm

Tickets $10/$5 for Students & Seniors

Cash or Check only!  Box Office opens

45 minutes prior to the show!

Call 313-927-1522 for tickets

or email LLove@marygrove.edu


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“Birth and Coming of Age

Across the Faith Traditions

A panel discussion sharing and comparing

 Religious Rituals and Practices

Our interfaith panel will include:

Jewish: Professor Howard Lupovitch, Director of the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies

Muslim: Najah Bazzy, Transcultural Nurse and Clinical Specialist

The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints:Ed Barberis, Former Bishop

Hindu: Padma Kuppa, Board member of the Hindu American Foundation

Roman Catholic: Brother Al Mascia, Song and Spirit Institute for Peace


Sunday, March 9 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM


St. John’s Episcopal Church

26998 Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak, MI 48067

(corner of Woodward & 11 Mile Road)

Cost $10 per person.  Light refreshments available.

To register, please visit the IFLC website www.detroitinterfaithcouncil.com

And click on the EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS tab on the top of the homepage.

Questions?  Contact the Rev. Bob Hart at 248-546-1255 ext. 2. You can also pay at the door!!  This discussion is the third part of a series about life cycle events across faith traditions.


Song and Spirit Institute for Peace do a

Mosaic Installation at
Warren Community Center

Culmination of interfaith summer camp experience

for youth, in partnership with The Interfaith Center

for Racial Justice (ICRJ)

An inspiring installation yesterday was a long time coming
Several months ago, Mary Gilhuly from Song and Spirit Institute for Peace worked with attendees of the Listen, Learn, Live! interfaith summer camp experience for youth in the Warren area. Participants created six-inch square mosaic tiles which were built into three large panels that incorporated the title words from camp as well as the concepts of freedom, equality and justice. 
Mosaic tiles featured religious themes as well other subjects the kids are interested in — sports logos, shamrocks, superheros — even Japanese anime.

 The panels were installed on in a ceremony at the Warren Community Center, which included Warren Mayor James Fouts, Rev. Michail Curro of the Interfaith Center for Racial Justice, as well as other leaders from the Warren interfaith community. 



The plan is to add new panels every year until the entire corridor is filled with creative and positive messages from area youth. 

When over 180 seventh grade students, parents and teachers arrived at the Hidden Falls Sikh Gurdwara on Tuesday, December 10, the excitement was palpable.  This field trip, the first of six Religious Diversity Journeys planned over the course of the school year, promised to expose the students and parents to the religious customs and practices of the Sikh faith tradition. Members of the Gurdwara were equally as enthusiastic, having  spent weeks planning presentations, demonstrations and a langar meal for our Journey with them. 

However, little did we know when we arrived that morning, that not only were we going to spend the day learning about the major tenets of the Sikh tradition, but more than even they anticipated, we were going to experience the Sikh’s deep commitment to service.  Not long after we entered the Gurdwara, removed our shoes and covered our heads in scarves and bandanas we realized that on the coldest day of the year so far that only one room in the building had heat!

As the realization set in that much of what we had planned for the day quickly needed to change, the Sikh community took it all in stride.  Determined not to let the heat affect our visit, volunteers rushed to the Gurdwara with a portable sound system and AV equipment.  A white sheet was tacked to the wall to use as a make-shift screen. And although the Main Hall- used primarily for worship and where we planned to spend the majority of our time was only 36 degrees, musicians from the Sikh community still played in the cold while the students quickly filed through to view the holy scriptures and tour the Sukhasan room- the place where the scriptures are laid to rest each night. 


We learned about the relatively new history of the Sikh religion, the five articles of the Sikh faith, student volunteers were taught how to wrap a turban and we all partook in the langar meal: a community meal eaten while sitting as a group on the floor which was prepared and served by members of the Sikh community.  


Community and service to others are two of the main tenets of the Sikh faith and could not have been demonstrated to us more clearly than they were last week as we all came together, despite the cold, to share in the warmth of true service and understanding of one another.


The Religious Diversity Journeys for Seventh Graders program began eleven years ago within six Oakland county schools as a way for students to develop a better understanding of the faiths of their classmates, teachers and community.  One day each month, December – June, select students visit different houses of worship in the metro-Detroit area where they are encouraged to explore the traditions and customs of that faith, are given the opportunity to inquire and ask questions and partake in a meal with members of the community. 


For more information on the Religious Diversity Journeys Program or to inquire about your school districts participation within the program, please email Meredith Skowronski at detroitinterfaithcouncil@gmail.com 



 Interfaith Marriage: Christian And Hindu

Love Story Told In ‘Saffron Cross’



Growing up Baptist, J. Dana Trent heard plenty of warnings about interfaith romance. Marrying the wrong person – known as being “unequally yoked” – could ruin your faith and your marriage. But three years after marrying a former Hindu monk, Trent says she’s a better Christian than ever.


“I had become complacent in my Christianity,” said Trent, an ordained Baptist minister. “Now my religion and spirituality have become much more integrated in my life.”


Trent tells the story of her interfaith marriage in a new book “Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk.” Out this month from Nashville, Tenn.-based Fresh Air Books, “Saffron Cross” is part of a recent mini-boom of guides to interfaith marriage and family.

There’s also “Mixed-Up Love” from Jon M. Sweeney and Michal Woll, “‘Til Faith Do Us Part” from Naomi Schaefer Riley, and “Being Both,” by Susan Katz Miller.

All are aimed at helping families navigate the joys and challenges of interfaith life. They may find a large audience as blended faith families have become commonplace in American culture.


About out one in four Americans (27 percent) is either married to or lives with a partner of another faith, according to the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, published in 2008 by the Pew Research Center.

But until recently there have been few books on how to make interfaith marriage work.


So Trent decided to write her own, with the help of her husband, Fred Eaker.

It’s part love story, part how-to guide on interfaith communication.

The couple, who are now in their early 30s, met five years ago with the help of eHarmony.


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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 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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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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