America has described herself in many ways. It is often thought of as a melting pot or as a tapestry of cultures woven together. Religious and cultural diversity has grown exponentially since 1965. So many differences, so many opportunities for misunderstanding and tension. Our mission in a nutshell is to take practical steps to transform all of those difficulties into creative energy and build a metropolitan Detroit community that thrives on the basis of what we have in common and what we can learn from one another. Please join with us. We welcome your contribution. 

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Glazer Institute: The Legacy of Vatican II

Monday, April 27th,     1:00pm – 3:00pm

Temple Beth El

The 73rd Annual Rabbi B. Benedict & Ada S. Glazer Institute on Judaism will continue to fulfill Rabbi Glazer’s quest to build goodwill among all people. This year, we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II and the Nostra Aetate document that revolutionized relationships between the Catholic Church and many faith communities. At the same time, we will focus on the shared concerns, hopes, and dreams that will allow us to build stronger relationships and a more cohesive future.

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Religious Diversity Journeys Continue…

April 22 and April 23 at the Detroit Institute of Arts

This year over 275 7th grade students from 30 middle schools in Oakland and Wayne counties, along with their teachers and parents, have embarked upon an immersive religious and cultural experience visiting  churches, synagogues, mosques, Hindu Temples, Sikh Gurdwaras and the DIA.

To get your school involved, please click here for more information!

 

Face to Faith for 8th – 12th Graders

Thursday, April 30,      6:00pm – 9:00pm

Song and Spirit Institute for Peace

Students will spend the evening learning more about the culture and customs of the Christian and Jewish Faith traditions, participating in several service projects and learning about interfaith work in our community. Dinner will be served.

Please click here to register and click here for an event flyer!

Interfaith Panel Discussions

Thursday, May 14th,  6:30pm- 8:30pm

Baldwin Library,  Birmingham

May 14:  WISDOM: 5 Women 5 Journeys.

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.

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