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World Sabbath

UPDATE TO 2024 ANNUAL WORLD SABBATH

Given the current global situation and ongoing concerns surrounding world events, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the event in the interest of safety and well-being for all involved. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

We understand the disappointment this news may bring, especially considering the anticipation and preparation many of you have undertaken. Please know that this decision was not made lightly, and we are exploring alternative options for the event or potential rescheduling.

We are actively working to host World Sabbath Day and will provide further updates as soon as possible. Your patience and understanding during this time are greatly appreciated.

Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Please consider donating to the peace efforts of the World Sabbath. Donate here.

2023 Annual World Sabbath of Religious Reconciliation

Raman Singh, Executive Director of The InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit, was honored with the 2023 World Sabbath Peacemaker Award. She is recognized as someone who is making a difference in the interfaith world by bringing people together to build community.

Please consider donating to the peace efforts of the World Sabbath. Donate here.

2022 Annual World Sabbath of Religious Reconciliation

Special thanks to the Baha’i community for hosting this virtual program.

If you missed the event, watch the recording below.

Please consider donating to the peace efforts of the World Sabbath. Donate here.

What is the World Sabbath?

The mission of the World Sabbath is to teach our diverse population in Metro Detroit that the work of building a community of justice, equality, respect and peace is a calling that we all share – all of us, no matter what our faith tradition might be. But most important is the fact that we are impacting our children, our teens, and our young adults.

Our World Sabbath processional includes children of many faith traditions, proudly waving the peace banners that they decorated themselves. These children come together to sing the song “We Are Children of Peace.” Every year we honor someone with the World Sabbath Peace Award – someone who is making a difference in the interfaith world, bringing people together to build community!!

Clergy of many faiths have been invited to participate in the World Sabbath service, and all the clergy present get called up to read the Congregation Pledge together about building a world of tolerance, justice, faithfulness, and peace. What a wonderful lesson for our youth!!

World Sabbath logoThe World Sabbath begins with a Jewish youth blowing the shofar, a Muslim youth chanting the Muslim Call to Prayer, followed by middle school, high school and college youth giving additional prayers for world peace from many other religions- Jain, Buddhist, Baha’i, Zoroastrian, Christian, Hindu, Native American, Sikh, Quaker, and Unitarian faith traditions for example.

Interfaith service features musical offerings that reflect the individual language, culture and tradition of the many religions that are represented at the World Sabbath.

  • Choirs
  • Bands
  • Dance groups
  • Chantings

The World Sabbath has been enchanted by Hindu dancers, Yiddish Klezmer music, Jain songs, Sikh Shabads, Christian Dance ensembles, and Arabic elementary school drummers.

The highlight of every World Sabbath is the inclusion of third through seventh graders who decorate white cotton banners with their ideas about World Peace. These banners are stapled to pieces of basswood to make flags that the children proudly display as they march in the processional into the sanctuary. These banners are then sewn into Children of Peace Quilts which are proudly displayed at the World Sabbath services. The Children of Peace, the youth, and the young adults who participate in our Peace Prayers and our musical offerings bring their friends and family to the World Sabbath, and this interfaith happening has grown immensely – so big that the sanctuary at Christ Church Cranbrook, where the first ten World Sabbath services were held, is no longer large enough for us.