A Guide to Working with Our Neighbors

Radical hospitality, a term that is specific to the United Methodist Church (UMC), means that when you invite people into your church home you go that extra mile to welcome them and make them feel comfortable, accepted, valued, and not judged. At a recent multi-faith event at the Grand Blanc United Methodist Church, that meant… Read More

The Charter for Compassion

Compassion literally means “to suffer together” and is defined as the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering.  Compassion is about taking action when others are suffering. The Charter for Compassion, developed by multi-faith, multi-national group of religious thinkers and leaders launched in November of… Read More

Our Exploration of Baha’ism

Throughout history, God has sent to humanity a series of divine Educators—known as Manifestations of God—whose teachings have provided the basis for the advancement of civilization. These Manifestations have included Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Baha’u’llah, the latest of these Messengers, explained that the religions of the world come from the same… Read More

Welcome to New IFLC Board Member April Cook

A calling in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is believed to come from God and is an act of voluntary service that should benefit those served as well as those who serve – callings give members an opportunity to grow and become better people. “We all have divine potential,” says new IFLC… Read More

Sounds of the Spirit – a Musical Path into Spiritual Traditions

The rhythm of the drums, the vibration of the gong, the timeless sounds of the Kirtaan and the Veena, each provides a unique path into understanding the traditions whose sacred music they express. On June 11, we will once again gather to learn about and celebrate the beautiful vibrations that make up our sacred sounds.… Read More

Dive into Christianity! Explore Christian Denominations in a Special Series

In the beginning, there was Religious Diversity Journeys, the immersive religious literacy program for 7th graders. And then the IFLC education committee created Exploring Our Religious Landscapes. And participants saw that it was good. So they signed up for a deeper dive into Judaism. And it too was good. So, now we’re going to gather… Read More

17,550 Hours of RDJ!

As winter turns into spring (and back to winter and back to spring…), the school year is drawing to a close and with it our most successful year of Religious Diversity Journeys, with 35 middle schools across 18 districts, public and private in Wayne and Oakland counties.  18 sites, including Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Christian and… Read More

Sounds of the Spirit – Sacred Sounds and Holy Vibrations

All sound is vibration. Vibrations at different frequencies make different sounds or pitches. And this week, we experienced the different frequencies on which faith traditions call out to or praise God. Under the roof of Christ Church Cranbrook, which Rev. Dr. Bill Danaher said was meant to be a house of prayer for all people,… Read More