The InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit

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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Upcoming Events

March Events

Detroit Interfaith Outreach Network August 5 Interfaith Summer Picnic Planning Meeting

Home of Rabbi Dorit

10075 Nadine, Huntington Woods

Help plan the August 5th  annual interfaith picnic, Bridging Suburbs and City,  that takes place on Belle Isle

4 p.m. Saturday March 17

Detroit Interfaith Outreach Network Interfaith coffee & Concert

Fort St. Presbyterian Church
631 W. Fort St., Detroit
Featuring nationally-known folk guitarist and singer TOM ALLEN
Sponsored by Detroit Interfaith Outreach Network (DION) and IFLC

Tickets: $8 in-advance ($10 at the door)

Send checks and money orders to:

DION, P.O. Box #70112

Huntington Woods, MI 48070


3 to 5 p.m. Sunday March 18


Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue

1457 Griswold, Detroit

4:00 to   6:00 PM Sunday, March 25, 2018

This year, our congregational Seder will be held prior to Passover.

Our Seder will be an opportunity to explore our journey toward freedom and justice in partnership with the Bethel Community Transformation Center and the JCRC/AJC. The Seder will feature a new Haggadah and joyful music led by members of Breakers Covenant Church International. Register in advance here.

Dearborn Premiere, Screening of the Sultan and the Saint


Michael A. Guido Theater
Ford Community & Performing Arts Center

15801 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48126

3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 25th


An Interfaith Seder

Featuring Rabbi Justus Baird, Auburn Theological Seminary

Temple Beth El

Telegraph Road Bloomfield Hills

7:00 PM Thursday, March 22

This year’s Glazer Institute offers a unique opportunity to both learn about

and experience the ancient rituals and modern impact of one of Judaism’s

most beloved rituals – the Passover Seder.

Rabbi Mark Miller will lead participants through many of the holiday’s symbols and blessings, while Rabbi Justus Baird offers insight and wisdom about how this celebration ties into some of our most pressing concerns today. The evening will include traditional foods to sample, meaningful conversations around the table, and a chance to deepen the sacred relationships we share.

The Glazer Institute is the longest-running Interfaith Institute in the country, and celebrates Temple Beth El’s historic and growing commitment to interfaith relations.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Danielle Gordon at or 248.851.1100.

April Events

Ask a Native American

7 PM – 8:30 PM Thursday, April 12
Unity of Royal Oak
2500 Crooks Rd, Royal Oak, Michigan 48073
Do you have questions about Native American beliefs/culture?

IFLC welcomes Chris Franklin, Oneida of the Thames, 1st Nationsand his wife Sue Franklin, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians for an informative and informal discussion open to the community. Chris Franklin is Chair of the American Indian Veterans of Michigan, Center Line, MI Sue Franklin is the Executive Director of South Eastern Michigan Indians, Center Line, MI

Chris & Sue live in Center Line, MI and are committed to serving the community through educational, social, spiritual and cultural functions and services.

To Register, go to


“Just Water” Conference on Detroit’s Water Runoff Bills on the City’s Churches

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018

Hartford Memorial Baptist Church

18700 James Couzens Fwy

The daylong conference will include: • Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of Greenfaith, will moderate an interfaith panel discussing the importance of water across the Abrahamic Faith Traditions. • A presentation by Detroit Water and Sewer Department Deputy Director, Palencia Mobley, and Stormwater Management Group Director, Lisa Wallick, discussing current drainage fees within the city and grant opportunities to help congregations make positive environmental changes. • Dr. Donald Carpenter, Vice President of Drummond  Carpenter, a leader in environmental and water  resources, technical services, engineering and applied  research will join us to present on practical methods  congregations can use to green their spaces.  This  presentation will also include 4 concept models using local congregations. • Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome, Senior Program  Officer–Environment, Kresge Foundation, will discuss their strategic grant priorities and what work they are funding to support climate resilience and urban storm water runoff.

TO REGISTER: For questions, please contact Meredith Skowronski:


16th Annual Heath Fair

9 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 22

The Hindu Temple of Canton

44955 Cherry Hill Road, Canton

No walk-in is allowed.

Physician Consultation & Report of Blood Screening

(No Blood Testing on this day). No Pre-Registration is required.

Blood Pressure Check-up, and Health Related discussion with Primary Care Physicians

Exploring Religious Landscapes – Islamic Prayer

6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26

Muslim Unity Center

1830 W. Square Lake Road in Bloomfield Hills

Imam Mohamed Almasmari, spiritual leader of the Muslim Unity Center, will discuss the fundamentals of Muslim prayer. A light dinner will be served.

The cost of the program is $20.

Register online at or by email or phone to: and (313) 338-9777.


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