WISDOM Newsletter – March 2013

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MARCH 2013



Sunday, March 3rd

Interfaith Leadership Council presents: Healing Across the Faith Traditions, Exploring the Role of Prayer, Music, and Ritual in Spiritual Healing!  See flyer below!

Wednesday, March 6

Five Women Five Journeys presented in partnership with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lansing, MI.  6:30 PM.  Contact Paula Drewek at drewekpau@aol.com

Sunday, March 17

Five Women Five Journeys presented in partnership with Nardin Park United Methodist Church in Farmington Hills. 6:00 PM.  Contact Paula Drewek atdrewekpau@aol.com

Friday and Saturday, April 5th and 6th

Henry Ford Community College Conference: “Building Bridges of Understanding”  See flyer below!

Sunday April 14

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM “Holy Bread!”  Let’s explore the importance of bread across different faith traditions!  Keynote speaker will be Lynne Golodner, author of Holy Bread.  At St. John’s Episcopal Church in Royal Oak, 26998 Woodward (corner of Woodward and 11 Mile Road).   See flyer below for registration informtion!  Contact Gail Katz at gailkatz@comcast.net

Sunday, April 21

Five Women Five Journeys presented in partnership with the Girl Scouts Muslim Community of Western Suburbs of Detroit, 40440 Palmer Rd, Canton MI 48188.  Contact Paula Drewek at drewekpau@aol.com

Saturday, April 27

10:00 AM to 12 Noon: Five Women Five Journeys presented in partnership with the Girl Scouts at the Song and Spirit Institute for Peace, 2599 Harvard, Berkley, MI 48072, contact Paula Drewek at drewekpau@aol.com

May 3rd through May 5th

Oakland University’s Hospitality Initiative Summit.  More information to come! Go to http://essentialcore.org

You are invited to explore what authentic hospitality means for you and your

church community

Saturday, March 16, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

First Congregational Church UCC

1315 N. Pine Rochester, MI

      Hospitality Workshop: Hope Beyond Boundaries

Join us as we explore together such themes as “connecting to the inner stranger,” “welcoming volatile ambiguity,” “the value of enstrangement,” “hospitality as a baseline for welcoming the religious other,” “listening for the more than,” and other innovative topics designed to bring fresh awareness to both our outer religious world and inner spiritual lives.

This experience will be interactive with group discussions.

Presented by the Hospitality Initiative http://essentialcore.org

                    Conducted by Dr. Olaf Lidums;

Professor at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Pastoral Ministry

and Applied Ethics as well as a trained counselor

Sign up at First Congregational Church UCC, Rochester

OR contact the church office at (248) 651-6225

For more information contact Carrie Orlando: carrieofcc@sbcglobal.net

A free will offering will be taken for future events of The Hospitality Initiative

Understanding Diverse Houses of Worship

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 10:00 – 4:00 PM

A Feet on the Street Bus Tour of Detroit

Suburban meeting location:

Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield, MI

Detroit meeting location:

Fisher Building Lobby, Stella International Cafe

3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit

Registration Information:

online: www.FeetOnTheStreetTours.com

Phone: 248-353-8687

email: FeetOnTheStreetD@aol.com


9:00 AM Registration participants meet in lobby of Southfield Public Library

9:30 AM Bus departs from library for Fisher Building

9:50 AM Arrive at Fisher Building to pick up participants meeting there

10:00 AM Tour and presentation at Durga (Hindu) Temple with Shyama Haldar and Mira Bakhle

11:30 AM Visit to Clinton Street Temple with presentation by Pastor Shedrick Clark

1:00 PM Lunch, tour and presentation at Downtown Synagogue with Anna Kohn and Gail Katz, Co-Founder of WISDOM

2:30 PM Group processing and cross cultural skill building, led by Mira Bakhle and Linda Yellin

4:00 PM Return to Fisher Building, sign-out, Attendance Certificates; bus departs for Southfield Public Library

4:30 PM Bus arrives at the Southfield Public Library

Make Checks Payable to Linda Yellin, LMSW, 29260 Franklin Rd., Ste 117, Southfield, MI 48034

Fee: $109.00 all inclusive (6 CE Clock Hours certicate, program materials, lunch, snacks, museum admissions, bus)



By Karla Huber

WISDOM Board Member

February 6, 2013 was WISDOM’s second get-together of the ethnic dinner series, held at Priya Indian Restaurant in Troy. The ethnic dinner series is a new informal program created to help WISDOM board members and “friends of WISDOM” become better acquainted and make new friends over a shared meal at a different ethnic restaurant each time.

The dinner, organized by Anjali Vale, was attended by several board members and friends, including Paula Drewek, Anjali Vale, Padma Kuppa, Raj Chehl, Trish Harris, Peggy Dahlberg, Sandra Gordon, Ellen Ehrlich, and Karla Huber, and newcomers Mary and Nancy. The dinner was Mary’s and Nancy’s first time attending a WISDOM event, and they were excited to meet several members and learn more about WISDOM.

As an icebreaker for the evening, WISDOM president Paula Drewek asked each person around the table say her name, tell a little about herself, and then say one funny thing about herself, which of course led to some humorous anecdotes.

Another highlight of the evening was the discussion focused on India itself, prompted by the choice of venue. Padma Kuppa and Anjali Vale explained how complex the cultural, linguistic, and religious diversity of India is, including that there are over a dozen different languages spoken throughout the subcontinent, which, like the languages of Europe, are not understood by speakers of the other languages. Padma also explained how India has been changing, many of its distinctive cultural traits fading, since globalization.

When it came time to order the food, Padma explained some of the customs of traditional Indian dining, and assisted attendees in placing their orders. The food was delicious, the naan bread and thali sauces being among the favorite dishes.

The dinner started at 6:30 and lasted until a little after 8:30, with attendees reluctant to draw the evening to a close after having such a good time sharing the warmth of friendship.

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 The Fourteenth Annual World Sabbath

January 27, 2013

at the Bharatiya (Hindu) Temple in Troy

Article by Meredith Skowronski

for the Interfaith Leadership Council Newsletter

The Children of Peace waving their peace banners
at this year’s World Sabbath celebration
A Jewish youth blowing the shofar, a Muslim young man chanting the call to prayer , a Hindu youth blowing the Conch Shell, and prayers for peace from so many of the youth of the religions found in our community rang through Bharatiya Temple in Troy on January 27th for the 14th Annual World Sabbath.
Today when we say “World Religions” we mean the religions of southeast Michigan. The world is right here in our midst! There is nothing more wonderful than seeing children from Jain, Muslim, Buddhist, Baha’i, Zoroastrian, Jewish, Hindu, Native American, Sikh, and many Christian traditions expressing their hope for a future at peace. You could see the earnest expectations in their eyes as they joyfully waved their peace banners and prayed through music and dance before the more than 700 people who had gathered at one of the most beautiful Hindu temples in Michigan.


The focus of the afternoon was on our children as the adults asked out loud “what kind of future are we leaving for these young people?” No more important question can be asked of people of faith. We must continue to ask that question. The World Sabbath will again ask that question on the last Sunday of January next year – January 26, 2014 at the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit.


Muslims find a ‘shtender’ at UK Jewish study confab!

Muslims and Sikhs are increasingly made welcome at Limmud, the intellectual-experiential pinnacle of Britain’s Jewish calendar

COVENTRY, England – A lone woman stood and prayed in the Orthodox prayer gathering at the Limmud Conference, Britain’s flagship Jewish study festival, last month. It was a weekday evening, so attendance was sparse. And she was wearing a veil.

Halima Krausen serves as imam (religious leader) of the German-speaking Muslim community in Hamburg, Germany, and this was her eleventh conference, which she called “the highlight of the year.” A Muslim theologian by training, Krausen has been returning to Limmud to study Jewish texts and participate in the traditional Shabbat rituals.


Founded in the UK in 1980 as a retreat attended by 80 participants, Limmud events – from one-day gatherings to weekend study retreats – now take place in 26 countries from New Zealand to Mexico. In 2012 alone, Limmud events drew 35,000 participants. Limmud Conference, Britain’s central Limmud event held at the University of Warwick over Christmas, attracted nearly 2,500 participants. (Full disclosure: This fall, I too decided to spend my vacation at Limmud, speaking on the Arab Spring and social media’s contribution to journalism, and attending sessions on Jewish Italian cuisine and deciphering Talmudic legends.)

Limmud, Hebrew for study, encourages participants not only to attend lectures by well-known speakers but also to present sessions themselves. Formal titles such as rabbi or doctor are intentionally omitted from the conference handbook to level the presenters’ playing field. In 2012, this made for session topics as diverse as “Eco-revelation for the post-industrial Jew” and a hip hop concert in Aramaic.


Limmud sees itself primarily as a Jewish learning gathering, but over the past few years more and more Muslim speakers have been invited to partake in interfaith discussion panels and present their own sessions, in a sign of the community’s shifting interest from Christianity to Islam.


At her first Limmud Conference, Krausen taught a four-part series on the Koran’s attitude towards Jews. Throughout the sessions, she said, the atmosphere was both welcoming and intellectually stimulating. “I started out with comfortable texts, then moved to more critical texts and at the end I brought the tough stuff.”

Dilwar Hussain, head of the Policy Research Center and member of the Islamic Society of Britain, said he too was never made to feel “like an outsider” at the three Limmud conferences he attended. In 2012, he was on three panels; one titled “Nothing Holy About Hatred” dealing with issues of prejudice toward people with different sexual orientations; another about how religious leaders deal with sensitive issues within the community; and a third about the recent circumcision debate in Europe.


Hussain said that in addition to having made many friends, he tried to show Limmud attendees that “there are very different perspectives within Muslim communities.” At one session a few years ago, he told the audience that Muslims need to confront anti-Semitism wherever they see it, and to “understand and appreciate much better the meaning of Zionism and what Israel means to people.”


Limmud’s atmosphere of openness and mutual respect goes a long way to enable such candor, he added. “At the end of the day, when we talk honestly about our differences we can see that many of those differences are exaggerated and others are reconcilable.” Onkardeep Singh Khalsa, an active member of Britain’s Sikh community, told The Times of Israel that he was taken aback by the participants’ massive interest in Sikh social activism, about which he spoke at his session. He said the atmosphere at Limmud reminded him of much smaller-scale residential retreats held by the Sikh community. “Sikh means ‘to learn’ and Limmud really does foster an environment for learning,” he said.


One of the most popular presenters at the conference, Clive Lawton, was among the founders of Limmud over 30 years ago. He said that the involvement of non-Jewish presenters allowed participants to view their community through the eyes of others, “for good and for ill.” “These non-Jewish contributors need to have something to say that will enhance someone’s ‘Jewish journey’ – after all, that is the stated aim of a Limmud program,” Lawton told The Times of Israel.

In the early days of Limmud, organizers tended to focus the inter-religious encounter on Christian Jewish relations, but over the past few years the thrust has shifted from Christians to Muslims. Lawton said that probably reflects the growing interest of the audience in issues pertaining to Islam.

Part of being a Jew in the modern world, Lawton noted, “is discovering how we engage with ‘the other’ and how ‘the other’ sees us.”


Will the Limmud model be copied by other faith communities in the UK? Probably, Lawton said, although the product will likely be markedly different, reflecting differences in “preoccupation, culture and style” between Britain’s Jewish community and the country’s other faith groups. Krausen, the Muslim theologian, said she hoped to return to Limmud again in 2013, for the twelfth time.

“When I came back [to Germany] I said that in one week of Limmud I probably learn more about Judaism than sitting in the university for two years.”

Building a Groundswell, Lighting Up the Network
The Interfaith Observer
By Valarie Kaur

A Virtual Community Empowering Grassroots Interfaith Communities

When a dozen twenty-somethings gathered in my tiny living room in the fall of 2010, vexed about the firestorm of protest against Park 51, an Islamic center planned in Manhattan known as “the Ground Zero Mosque,” we had no idea that we were planting the seed for a movement.

We were Christian, Muslim, Jew, Sikh, Buddhist, Hindu and Humanist Millennials who had come of age in the decade after September 11, 2001. All of us were tired of witnessing religion wielded as a weapon to destroy, denigrate, and demonize others. This time, through drumming up controversy around Park 51, a small conservative network had succeeded in spreading widespread fear of Islam. When a pastor in Florida sparked riots around the world after threatening to burn the Qur’an, we gathered in my apartment to ask what we could do to stop the madness.

Valarie Kaur speaking out against sex-trafficking.Kicking off a strategy session, I looked into the beleaguered faces of my friends and decided to try a different approach. I asked us instead to envision the world that we wanted. Literally. We closed our eyes and imagined what our street corner would look and feel like in a society where every human being lived, worked, and worshiped without fear.

Something surprising happened: a sense of ease and openness filled the room. The frenetic energy and anxiety which characterizes so much of public interest work melted away, and we felt a sense of calm and connection we had felt in church, or in the woods, in prayer or in meditation.

We began to share what we saw – the respect for all people of faith, the freedom to be openly gay, the ability for immigrants to come out of the shadow, the capacity for women to care for their own bodies… the list goes on. These were not mere pictures of social or political progress: we were expressing a shared moral vision. The concern that brought us together in the wake of Park 51 was part of a larger concern for human dignity in our society.

A New Approach

Dr. Henderson at a Groundswell action.It seemed to us that the conventional way of fighting – for one’s own rights, issues and peoples – is woefully inadequate. Growing up in the era of Facebook and Twitter, our generation’s notion of “community” already stretches beyond color, class, faith, and nation. We often see ourselves in one another’s struggles: we knew we could not achieve racial justice without also securing the equality of women, economic justice without also protecting our climate. We wanted to fight in a way that matched our worldview. How might 21st century digital tools connect and support us – and others gathered in living rooms across the country – in a common struggle for human dignity?

A 200-year old seminary in New York City was ready to explore this question. Under the leadership of its new president, the Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson, Auburn Seminary was refashioning itself into a force for movement-building. They invited me to join their staff in 2011 to build an initiative that would help equip people of faith to “trouble the waters and heal the world.”

Groundswell was born

Groundswell’s 9/11 Ribbons of Hope project swept across the country. Photo: Angela JimenezGroundswell is a digital platform that gives faith leaders and communities the tools to wage campaigns as part of a national multifaith movement. We bring together people across faiths and backgrounds in actions; we amplify the voices of faith leaders in the public arena; we connect issues that are typically fought separately.

In our first year, Groundswell led campaigns to defend religious pluralism, stand for LGBTQ dignity, fight human trafficking, support disaster relief, and organize for reform in the wake of mass shootings in Oak Creek, WI, and Newtown, CT. Now in our secondyear, thanks to the leadership of Isaac Luria (director of Auburn Action), Groundswell has become open-source: people across the U.S. can now launch their own online campaigns on the same platform as part of a networked movement.

Today, the Groundswell community is 60,000 people strong.

When I travel the country, I meet congregations, faith groups, and informal circles like the one in my living room who want to do more than traditional service projects to fight injustice – they want to become political. Today, these groups can leverage the authentic voices of their priests, rabbis, imams and young leaders of all kinds in campaigns, whether to stop budget cuts to the homeless shelter down the street or call for federal gun control. Groundswell can equip these groups with the right digital tools and connect them together – like nodes in a constellation – so that they know they are not doing the work alone but as part of a broader community.

To be sure, nothing can replace the feeling of community when gathered in a living room, sharing ideas and drawing up blueprints for concrete action. Groundswell is meant to support – not replace – the thousands of faith-based, spiritual and humanist communities on the ground who are already committed to social justice. It connects campaigns and communities online, whether organizing for marriage equality, women’s rights, climate justice, gun control or immigration reform.

A Groundswell parade to The Village Voice offices in New York to protest sex-trafficking in the publication’s classifieds. Photo: Angela JimenezFor centuries, faith leaders have helped lead the greatest social movements of U.S. history, from women’s suffrage to civil rights. People of faith and moral conscious have always had the ability to transcend small-minded politics and appeal to the greater human spirit of love and justice. In a time of soaring social inequality, environmental degradation, civil rights violations and gun violence, our nationneeds these prophetic voices more than ever. Groundswell is one of many emerging ways to lift up these voices in the months and years to come.

The light of social justice flickers in brave corners but can fizzle in isolation. To achieve meaningful change in a networked society, that light must shine in a bold constellation. From my living room to yours, may we envision a better world together – and in the darkness, shine a light.

The Network of Networks: Spreading the Awareness of MetroDetroit’s Increasing Intercultural competency
By Karla Huber
For Karla’s complete article with links go to
2013’s first meeting of the Michigan Professional Communicators with interest in religion and cross-cultural issues (MPC) started the year of interfaith networking with great foreshadowing of the Detroit area’s future of cultural competency. This month’s host venue chosen for its regional cultural and religious significance was the Bharatiya Temple in Troy.
Padma Kuppa, Executive Council Member of the Hindu American Foundation and co-founder of the Troy Interfaith Group, gave us a tour of the main sanctuary, briefly described the Temple’s history, and answered some of the most frequently-asked questions about Hinduism.
One of the major themes of this month’s meeting was cultural and religious competency, which starts with being able to tell the difference between reliable sources of information on other faiths, and information compiled by outsiders to those faiths, or by aggregator software programs which sometimes target credible sources, and sometimes not.
The concept of cultural competency goes hand-in-hand with religious competency, since so many of our cultural differences stem from religious differences. Helping to create this understanding and thus improve relations among different faith groups in Michigan is one of the primary purposes of the Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit (IFLC), which also happens to be the parent organization of the MPC.

Robert Bruttell, Chairman of the IFLC, reported receiving a request from a local school district for a calendar of fasting days, and information about food restrictions, for the different faiths their students represent. He realized the IFLC does not currently have such a list. “The IFLC refers to itself as a civic organization,” Bruttell said, “and that is the kind of civic duty an interfaith organization should fill.” So, he determined to see what kind of record could be created of this information, and how it could be shared with schools and other organizations in a more contemporary format than simply mailing out a printed piece of paper.
The IFLC is currently seeking media professionals to assist with this and other such projects, which require up-to-date knowledge about the ever-changing nature of how information is disseminated and accessed online. College students are ideal for this need, and much of the work can be done by remote (as opposed having to work from the IFLC office). If you’re interested in helping out, contact info for the IFLC is in the links section at the end of this entry.

Another great resource for accurate information about different religions is Read the Spirit’s “Religious Holidays and Festivals” column. Written by Stephanie Fenton, this column is the only consistently-supported resource of its kind for actual articles, not just dates and a descriptive sentence, about holy days around the world. The articles even sometimes include a description of how a holy day is observed in different places (for example, how a particular Muslim holy day is celebrated in Iran versus how it is observed in Indonesia). There are aggregator software programs that compile information about holy days around the world, but even if this information is correct, it’s only a list, and doesn’t help a person who knows nothing about it really understand how to accommodate an employee, student, or neighbor during the time of that holy day (or week, or month).

Cultural competency has become a buzzword for continuing education in business; it’s even the name of a category in the files of human resources departments seeking to meet the needs of an increasingly more diversified workforce. Educational institutions as well are beginning to step up to the challenge of helping to foster true pluralism in the U.S., particularly in southeastern Michigan. Joe Grimm presented about his new intercultural competency class he teaches in Michigan State University (MSU)’s School of Journalism. The goal for the class is to create a new cultural competency guide each year, to answer about 100 questions regarding a particular group. The decision for the 2013’s topic population, East Indians, was prompted by the news that Consumers Energy, a major natural gas service provider, intends to bring over a few hundred East Indian IT workers to staff its Jackson, Michigan facility. Until now, Jackson has experienced very little cultural diversification, so citizens of this small south-central Michigan city need all the help they can get for learning how to coexist with their new neighbors.

This guide will be the first in a series of cultural competency books. Read the Spirit and Joe Grimm are also planning revisions for a cultural competency guide Joe Grimm co-wrote previously regarding Arab-Americans. He and David Crumm, the MPC’s facilitator and co-founder of Read the Spirit Books and ReadTheSpirit.com, are also in the process of acquiring publishing rights from the Native American Journalism Association to a Native American guide produced by the Wichita Eagle, to revise and incorporate into the series.

The key to the success and accuracy of these guides is credible sources to help vet the material and confirm the accuracy of what details end up in print. MSU students compiling information for the guides will solicit and utilize input from credible insiders of the cultures they will be writing about. Joe Grimm’s goal as a teacher is to “get these students out of their computers and off their phones and talking to people”-and specifically, “talking to people who don’t look like them.” Another resource these MSU School of Journalism students will be enlisting the help of is the IFLC, which has a vast network of connections to culturally-authentic human resources to assist with vetting the material.

In addition to highlighting the accomplishments of MPC members and affiliates, the MPC is also a great source of news about events the mainstream media ignores. Three major interfaith events were discussed at this meeting: the 14th Annual World Sabbath for Religious Reconciliation, the 2014 North American Interfaith Network (NAIN) conference to be held in Detroit, and the Hospitality Initiative summit to be held this upcoming May 2013 at Oakland University.

The World Sabbath, which took place Sunday January 27 at the Bharatiya Temple, was founded fourteen years ago by Reverend Rodney Reinhart, who was present at the meeting and described what led him to create it.

The World Sabbath was Reinhart’s response to the absurd and antithetical notion of God-sanctioned war, which has been declared by many religions since time immemorial, and which has always been merely a front for conquest initiated by greed-for oil, power, money, land, or other resources held by people of some religious or cultural group different from that of the group wanting the resources.

Reinhart also pointed out that our religions are very exclusive of each other, each with its own holy days that the other religions don’t celebrate. So, he decided to create “a holy day for everybody, an interfaith holy day for peace” that celebrates our differences while also showcasing our commonalities, such as the core belief in peace in each religion’s Scripture. To demonstrate this central tenet of peace, the World Sabbath showcases children and youth from many different faith traditions saying a prayer of peace from their religion, and also including traditional song and dance from those religions. Children who participate in the World Sabbath create a peace flag beforehand, and at the end of each World Sabbath those banners have been collected and sewed into a quilt which is part of a traveling interfaith peace display that is booked for viewing at congregations all over southeastern Michigan. Six quilts from previous years’ World Sabbaths were displayed at this year’s event, and the flags from this year will be made into the seventh. There is currently a waiting list for the display. If you’d like information on how to arrange for the display to come to your house of worship, you can contact Gail Katz, Chairperson of the World Sabbath, or Steve Klaper and Mary Gilhuly at the Song and Spirit Institute for Peace.

The second major upcoming event discussed was the Hospitality Initiative summit scheduled for May 3rd through 5th, 2013. It has been confirmed the summit will be held at Oakland University. For more details, see the Web site linkwww.essentialcore.org

Dr. Olaf Lidums, one of the Hospitality Initiative’s founders, pointed out that this initiative is not taking place in a vacuum, nor is it the only one of its kind. “We’ve tapped an aquifer,” Lidums pointed out, drawing on the concept of quantum physics to describe how we’re all connected at some deep level and drawing from the same well. Carl Jung referred to this as the Collective Unconscious, and as the Hospitality Initiative picks up momentum, you’ll likely read more about this phenomenon in my blog.

The interfaith and intercultural work being done in southeastern Michigan (and wherever else similar movements are developing) will eventually achieve this as well, and the wider society will begin to become aware and be drawn to it as a more humanity-friendly alternative to our current “us-versus-them” thinking, or campaigns for “tolerance” which often feature an undercurrent of condescension rather than a sincere interest in integrated coexistence.

The third major interfaith event described in detail at this meeting is the 2014 conference of the North American Interfaith Network (NAIN). Detroit will be hosting the 2014 gathering, to be held Sunday through Wednesday August 10-13. The conference will include site visits to different places of worship around the Metro Detroit area, in addition to seminars in which local organizations invited by NAIN will present on interfaith themes.

Organizers of the 2012 NAIN conference in Atlanta were impressed by the report given by Gail Katz and another member of WISDOM (Women’s Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach in MetroDetroit) regarding Detroit’s interfaith activities, and as a result Detroit was suggested as a good site for a NAIN conference. The conference will place a big emphasis on youth, including college students. Scholarships for conference attendance will be available. “Building bridges and breaking down barriers” are the big theme,” Katz said. “Detroit is one of the most segregated cities in the U.S.,” and we want to show “what we are doing to build bridges.” To tie NAIN in with news and comments from earlier in the meeting, an organization like NAIN, though small, will be very important to help recommend and filter authenticity of resources for information regarding different religions-like a version of the IFLC at the continental level.

There were some other shorter mentions by both regular attendees and newcomers to this MPC meeting. Kari Alterman of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) spoke at the meeting about a site dedicated to fostering understanding and better relations between Jews and Arabs. The AJC Web site includes a link to it (which is in Arabic), and also features a descriptive article (in English) by Kenneth Bandler of the Jerusalem Post about the Web site.
Another newcomer to this MPC meeting was Brad Seligmann, who is working within the University of Michigan’s Ginsberg Center (Service Learning Department).
Reverend Roger Mohr, Minister of the First Unitarian-Universalist Church in Detroit, spoke of an upcoming interfaith event to be held at Henry Ford Community College, April 5-6. He is in the process of developing the Web site for the event, and more details will be forthcoming.

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!!


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