As the world watched the twin towers of the world trade center collapse, a number of our local leaders were already planning a coordinated interfaith response to the anticipated backlash against the Muslim community. The Interfaith Leadership Council grew out of that response.
The IFLC was formed with the vision of uniting Metro Detroit’s interfaith and faith community to address that challenge and the many others we face as a community. Over the last thirteen years, what began as Interfaith Partners and is now IFLC, has grown into a broad network of faith leaders and interfaith activists.
This newsletter was designed to help each of you to be aware of interfaith events and initiatives around the community, to provide you with the information necessary to expand connections and to help create an extensive network of like-minded people and organizations. It is also one of the many means through which we increase religious literacy, with the aim of helping people appreciate our wonderful diversity and unite on our expansive common ground.
This week we celebrate this work at our annual awards dinner. This is the time of year that we ask our supporters to help provide the financial support to fund programs such as our mapping social fabrics project, Face to Faith for teens, Religious Diversity Journeys for 7th graders, our literacy and warmth initiatives, our communications efforts and many other educational and civic projects.
It is an opportunity to recognize community leaders like our honorees Najah Bazzy, founder of Zaman International, Mariam Noland, President of the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, and Glenda Price, President of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.
And it is an opportunity to say thank you for the generous sponsorship of DTE Energy Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan. We also thank our supporters, including Judy and Robert Bruttell, The Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, PVS Chemical, Henry Ford Health System, JAR Group, Islamic Center of America, Ed Levy, our patrons, and all the 35 congregations and many individuals who have purchased tables, ads and tickets for the dinner.
We look forward to celebrating with those of you who will be joining us. But the celebration, while the culmination of a great deal of work, is not an end. So, if you won’t be with us tomorrow night, we hope you will join us in the coming year. The work continues. So many of you are already doing magnificent work. And as we enter this next year of projects and programs, we invite each of you to join us as contributors, volunteers, and, as builders of this growing network, to bring more community members into the circle.
As we begin the mammoth task of mapping all of the community support programs being conducted by the faith community, and move into another year of rapidly expanding education programming, we need your participation more than ever.
If you can give time to help with our religious literacy efforts and education programs, or with one of our community initiatives contact Meredith Skowronski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to make a donation to fund IFLC programs.