Face to Faith

Q. Where can Metro Detroit teens go to play “Name that Faith”?

A. Face to Faith

In 2011, after participating in a panel of Chaldean and Jewish youth, Bloomfield Hills student Josh Morof, then a high school junior, was inspired to expand the interfaith dialogue.

He brought together 75 high school students at the West Bloomfield Jewish Community Center to hear from an Imam, a Rabbi and a Presbyterian Minister about the Abrahamic faiths, followed by a panel of Muslim, Jewish and Christian teens.

This was the kick-off for a program called Face to Faith, which was created as engaging and productive way to bring high school students from Metropolitan Detroit together to learn about diverse religions.

Having fun, learning and creating opportunities for dialogue, the group has participated in making and breaking bread together, ice breakers, mixers, team building exercises, learning sessions, games, and dialogue, using each as a way to break down myths and stereotypes and increase respect and understanding.

Over the last three years 50 to 75 teens have gathered at various houses of worship – churches, synagogues, mosques, and a Jain Temple – to learn about different faiths and to discuss their commonalities.

For the coming school year, the IFLC will assume coordination of this wonderful program from WISDOM (Women’s Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach in Metro Detroit), in order for it to serve as a continuation of our very popular Religious Diversity Journeys for seventh graders.

The IFLC is currently forming a committee to work with teens to coordinate the program, looking to expand the faiths represented, connect the Religious Diversity Journeys students to a continuing interfaith dialogue, and create self-sustaining on-going activities.

The next Planning Meeting for Face to Faith will be Monday, August 4th at 4:30 PM at the home of Gail Katz.

If you are interested in helping plan exciting after school events and visits to houses of worship in our Metro Detroit area (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM) for an interfaith group of 8th through 12 graders, please email gailkatz@comcast.net or call her at 248-978-6664 with your contact information.