Calendar for WISDOM and Other Interfaith Events
Thursday, October 3rd
Face to Faith event for High School Teens – focus on Catholicism at the Manresa Jesuit Retreat house, Bloomfield Hills
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Contact Gail Katz for more information at email@example.com
Sunday, October 6th
Final Goodbyes: Death, Dying and Mourning Across the Faith Traditions
3:30PM to 6:00 PM
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 26998 Woodward Ave. in Royal Oak
We will have Jewish, Muslim, African American Baptist, Sikh, and Native American panelists
Contact Gail Katz for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org and to register!!
$8.00 admission charge can be sent to the Interfaith Leadership Council at 10821 Capital St., Oak Park, MI 48237
or you can pay through paypal on the IFLC website: http://www.detroitinterfaithcouncil.com
Click on the events button on the right side of the webpage – a form will come up for registration and the paypal button
will be on the bottom of the page
See Flyer below!
Monday, October 7th
Five Women Five Journeys, Troy Area Interfaith Group
Northminster Presbyterian Church
3633 Big Beaver Rd., Troy, MI 48084
For further info: email@example.com
Thursday, October 17th
WISDOM Ethnic Dinner in Greektown
See flyer below for details
Monday, October 21
WISDOM sponsors the one hour documentary on Michigan Native Americans entitled, “Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience.” Guest speaker is producer Audrey Geyer.
Birmingham Community House, 380 S. Bates, Birmingham, MI 48009
See Flyer Below
Tuesday, October 29
Five Women Five Journeys
Congregation Bnai Moshe, 6800 Drake Rd. W. Bloomfield. Contact is “Anne Rottman” firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, November 7th
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Face to Faith event for High School Teens
at the Bharatiya (Hindu) Temple in Troy.
Discussion about Diwali. Contact Gail Katz, email@example.com
for more information
Face to Faith High School Interfaith Teen Event
Thursday, October 3rd at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House, 1390 Quarton Road in Bloomfield Hills (North side of Quarton just West of Woordward).
Come into the building that says “Manresa” on it!
$10 donation to help us cover the cost of the dinner!
6:00 PM Mixer and Dinner
6:45 PM Tour of Manresa and discussion of Catholicism
7:30 PM “Reuniting the Children of Abraham”
8:15 PM Small Group Discussion
9:00 PM Conclusion
Contact Gail Katz for registration and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit
FINAL GOODBYES: DEATH, DYING AND MOURNING
ACROSS THE FAITH TRADITIONS
(Co-sponsored by WISDOM, Women’s Interfaith Solutions
For Dialogue and Outreach in MetroDetroit)
An interfaith panel will include:
Jewish – David Techner, Ira Kaufman Chapel, Southfield
Muslim – Imam Abdullah El-Amin, Detroit Muslim Center
Christian – Rev. Sandra K. Gordon, Greater New Mt. Moriah, Detroit
Sikh – Raman Singh from the Gurdwara Sahib Hidden Falls, Plymouth
Native American – Kay Givens McGowan, Choctaw-Cherokee heritage
Sunday, October 6 3:30 – 6:00 PM
St. John’s Episcopal Church
26998 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48067
(corner of Woodward & 11 Mile Rd.)
$8.00 checks can be sent to the Interfaith Leadership Council at 10821 Capital St., Oak Park, MI 48237 or you can pay through paypal on the IFLC website – www.detroitinterfaithcouncil.com Click on the events button on the right side of the webpage – a form will come up for registration and the paypal button will be on the bottom of the page! Questions? Contact the Rev. Bob Hart at 248-546-1255
You can also pay at the door!! Light refreshments will be served! This discussion is the second part of a series about life cycle events across faith traditions.
IN COLLABORATION WITH
THE RACE RELATIONS & DIVERSITY TASK FORCE
WILL BE SHOWING THE DOCUMENTARY
“OUR FIRES STILL BURN: THE NATIVE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE”
ON MONDAY OCTOBER 21ST AT 7:00 PM
AT THE BIRMINGHAM COMMUNITY HOUSE
(380 S. Bates St. Birmingham)
Join Audrey Geyer, independent video producer, as she talks about the stories featured in this documentary about Native Americans in the Midwest, their past trauma and how they are initiating social change.
There is no charge, but please register
By sending an email to Sheri Schiff
| 30 Days of Peace Continues
By DIANE SPEER – News Lifestyles Editor , The Alpena News
The 30 Days of Peace activities included a Women’s Interfaith Panel that presented Reflections on Peace and Unity Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. at Alpena County Library. The panel was comprised of two members of WISDOM (Women’s Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach in MetroDetroit), who shared their personal responses to their differing faiths, what brought them together and what keeps them working for women’s empowerment, peace and justice.
The two panelists were Gail Katz, who is Jewish, and Dr. Paula Drewek, who is Baha’i. Their appearance in Alpena was sponsored by the Religions Study Committee at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Alpena and LARCC (Lutheran Anglican Roman Catholic Congregational churches of Alpena).
“We are trying to promote peace by studying the different religions, and thought it would be a nice tie-in with the Peace Coalition’s efforts,” said Janice Boboltz, a member of the Religions Study Committee.
Katz is a retired teacher from the Berkley School District where she taught English as a second language to immigrant students and sponsored diversity initiatives in the district. A member of Temple Israel in West Bloomfield, she has been involved in bringing Jewish and Chaldean women together in the Metro Detroit area to get to know one another and form a joint women’s social action initiative.
Drewek is a retired professor of humanities at Macomb Community College and recently served as coordinator of Macomb’s Multicultural and International Initiatives Program. She has been a Baha’i since her teen years and has taught the faith widely in presentations and workshops in the United States, Canada, India and Southern Africa.
The 30 Days of Peace begins each year on Sept. 11 and continues for 30 days with a variety of prayer services, films, discussions and music events, all intended to put the spotlight on issues surrounding the need for peace on a personal level as well as a global level. It is sponsored by the Alpena Peace Coalition.
Check out WISDOM on the Alpena local TV station at
AOK (Acts of Kindness) Detroit
Sunday, September 8th, 2013
Community Service at
Alternatives for Girls
in Southwest Detroit
Welcoming Michigan kicked off Welcoming Week early by joining partners and volunteers from ACCESS, WISDOM, U of M Dearborn, First Congregational Church of Royal Oak, Interfaith Leadership Council, National Network for Arab American Communities, and Chadsey Condon Community Organization for A-OK Service Day 2013. The mission of Acts of Kindness (A-OK) Detroit is to honor the memory of 9/11 as an opportunity for people to come together and work side by side to make their community a better place. This year 70 volunteers worked at Alternatives For Girls in Chadsey Condon, southwest Detroit. Volunteers from across metro Detroit – Dearborn, Royal Oak, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Troy and more – helped clean up a vacant overgrown lot across the street. Inside the building volunteers helped clean & tidy the kitchens and childcare room, washed windows, organized the library and arts & crafts room, and packed hygiene kits. Ania Bieciuk from Governor Snyder’s Office issued a special tribute and we were joined by very special guests Oakland County Judge Michael Warren and Rep. Rashida Tlaib. It was a great experience for everyone to give back while getting to know their neighbors!
THANK YOU EVERYONE! Please join us again next year!
Pope Francis to Japanese students:
‘Dialogue is what brings peace’
Not wanting to disappoint 200 Japanese junior high school students, Pope Francis held a special audience Wednesday in the San Damaso Courtyard of the apostolic palace. The students from Seibu Gakuen Bunri Junior High School in Tokyo had planned their trip to Rome and the Vatican long before the Vatican announced that Pope Francis would not hold his weekly general audiences in August. The pope told the students that traveling, getting to know people who are different from themselves, learning about other cultures and religions “is good for you. It helps you grow.” Growth, he said, is impossible if a person stays closed in on himself.
“If we go out to encounter other people, other cultures, other religions, we grow and we begin that beautiful adventure called dialogue,” he told the students.
“Dialogue is what brings peace,” the pope told the group, which included Christians and Buddhists. “Peace is impossible without dialogue.
“All wars, conflicts and troubles we encounter with each other are because of a lack of dialogue,” he said.
Pope Francis said there is always a danger that two people with firm identities and an inability to be open to the other will fight instead of dialogue.
“We dialogue to meet each other, not to fight,” he said.
Dialogue involves asking the other, “Why do you think this?” or “Why is that culture this way?” then listening to the response, he said. “First listen, then talk — that’s meekness.” “If you don’t think like I do … and you can’t convince me to think like you do, that’s OK. We can still be friends,” he said.
After the students sang for him, Pope Francis told them that give-and-take is important in dialogue, but he was very sorry that he couldn’t reciprocate with a song of his own. “I don’t know how to sing; I can’t,” he said. A young girl, in correct but halting Italian, thanked the pope for giving the students some of his precious time, and she promised they would try to follow his advice.
“Are you from Naples?” the pope asked her. “Your Italian is so good.”
Pope Francis Flexes His Hebrew, Wishing the World’s Jews Happy New Year.
Pope Francis claims he isn’t much of a polyglot, but apparently he had no problem giving new year’s greetings in Hebrew. In a meeting yesterday with a delegation from the World Jewish Congress, the pope wished its president, Ronald Lauder, and Jews worldwide, “Shana Tova” or “good year” as the Jewish New Year of 5774 begins on Rosh Hashanah, Wednesday evening. The pope also called on world leaders to “do everything to avoid war” and to foster increased dialogue, especially among the world’s religious communities, according to a statement released by the New York-based international organization.
It wasn’t the first time the pope met with an international group of Jewish leaders; in fact, he reiterated the same forceful phrase he pronounced during a June meeting with an international Jewish coalition, in which he said, “Due to our common roots, a Christian cannot be anti-Semitic!” Christians must learn about and understand Jewish history and traditions, the pope added at yesterday’s meeting, according to the WJC.
The group said the pope promised to get his point man on relations with Jews, Cardinal Kurt Koch, to do what he could concerning Poland’s ban on the kosher slaughter of animals. The papal meeting also including discussions about attacks against religious minorities, such as the Coptic Christians in Egypt, and increasing restrictions against male circumcision.
Ronald Lauder praised the church for its work in improving Catholic-Jewish relations and said Pope Francis’ leadership “has not only reinvigorated the Catholic Church, but also given new momentum to relations with Judaism.” As Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, the future pope was close to many Jewish leaders and made numerous inroads to improving inter-religious relations.
As a token of thanks during the meeting, Lauder gave the pope a Kiddush cup, used for the blessing of wine on Jewish holidays, and a traditional Rosh Hashanah dessert of honey cake.
Dr. Diane Baker is Ordained and Installed
at Bethel United Church of Christ Along
with Multi-Faith Presentations
Dr. Diane Baker re-created her ordination and installation on August 25th at the Waterford Bethel United Church of Christ by including prayers from several other faith traditions as well as prayers from other denominations of Christianity. The final moments of Diane’s installation was inclusive of words of welcome from Dr. Charles Mabee, chair of the Institute of Engaged Hospitality followed by prayers in the Baha’i, Hindu, Muslim, Jain, Jewish, and Buddhist faith traditions. After each interfaith blessing and prayer, the representatives of the variety of faith traditions lit a candle to symbolize their unity in faith and their work toward peace and wholeness in and throughout the earth.
The prayers were offered by John Suggs (Macomb County Baha’i Community), Seema Shah (Bharatiya Temple), Hajj Reyad Mallad (Muslim Chaplain at Oakwood Hospital), Avi Shah (Jain Temple), Gail Katz (Temple Israel), Ven. Bup Mee (Muddy Water Zen).
A group photo of all of the multi-faith partners was taken at the end of Diane’s wonderful service! Congratulations Diane!!
WISDOM Partners with Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit to pack backpacks for the church’s school children!
Rev. Sandra Gordon shows one of the backpacks to the children in the church’s sanctuary as they honor the WISDOM board members
who came to the Sunday, September 8th service to help distribute the backpacks!
LOCALLY, A PRE-YOM KIPPUR CUSTOM
INVOLVES BOTH JEWS AND MUSLIMS
Article in the Detroit Jewish News
on September 19, 2013
On the evening before Yom Kippur, an astounding 3,000 individuals performed the rite of kapores (symbolic atonement), with its after-effects spilling over into both the Jewish and Muslim communities. The huge Jewish crowd gathered in a white-tented area outside the Chabad House of Farmington Hills on Sept. 12 to participate in the unique custom that includes the recitation of a prayer and the circling of a chicken overhead three times. Participants paid a nominal fee, but do not own the chickens. Many came as families, and one representative would circle a chicken for them all. After the service, the chickens were transported to Halal Live Chicken in Hamtramck, where they were slaughtered according to Jewish law, with most sold to the needy in the Jewish community at deeply discounted prices.
“We brought in a world-class shochet (ritual slaughterer), Avrohom Greenberg from Cleveland,” said Rabbi Herschel Finman of the Jewish Hour radio show, who has been organizing the service for the past 25 years, along with Rabbi Chaim M. Bergstein of the Chabad House. It is done as a community service. Kapores is not to be thought of a sacrifice. “It is a humbling experience,” Finman said. “We are made to feel the value of life and understand that this animal is going to be losing its life shortly. We do not want that to happen to us.”
More than 200 individuals came to Halal to watch the slaughter the morning after kapores. “They want closure,” Finman said. “Being there brings the realization of the fragility of life.” The chickens were processed at Halal. “The birds must be cleaned, soaked and salted before they can be consumed,” Finman said. “With no kosher markets in the Detroit area set up to process them, we hired Halal, and they did an outstanding job. This was a Jewish project that included members of the Muslim community in an effort to show that the two communities can work together and that the differences between us are small. “Halal’s proprietor, Tony Islam, is very impressed with the Jewish community and honored to be part of this ceremony,” Finman said. “He saw how we handled the birds and was awed that we distribute the chickens to the Jewish community.”
The chickens were ritually slaughtered on Friday morning and were in freezers by 10:30 a.m. About 200 kosher chickens are still available and may be purchased at a low cost. The processing was done under the supervision of the Council of Orthodox Rabbis of Greater Detroit. “It was their job to ensure that the process was done correctly; a non-Jew may salt kosher chickens under proper supervision,” Finman said. With no kosher poultry farms in Michigan, the 1,200 chickens used for kapores at the synagogue were purchased from a poultry farm in Indiana. Kapores can also be performed with money – instead of fowl – which is given to charity.
Finman is aware there is much concern about mistreatment of chickens by participants of kapores in some cities. “Here in Michigan, the animals are kept cool and comfortable,” he said. “They are handled with compassion. The shechitah (Jewish ritual slaughter) is the most humane way to slaughter an animal. We are very aware of tzar baalei chayim, the prohibition of causing pain to animals.”
Finman is extremely attentive to the manner in which the custom is fulfilled. “I instruct each person on how to hold the chicken so they cause no harm,” he said. “I make sure they do not grab in an improper way and they do not hurt them. There is no animal cruelty involved in the kapores ritual. “Regardless of religious affiliation, people who attended kapores said they appreciated being able to participate,” Finman said. “They told me it was like connecting with their ancestors in being part of the same rite.”