November 18, 2023

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Harmonious Celebration of Unity:

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Embraces Diversity in Macomb County 

A heartwarming Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at St. Faustina Catholic Church in Warren brought the community together for a celebration of unity and gratitude. Mayor Lori Stone's presence supported the event's significance, emphasizing the strength derived from understanding and appreciating diverse backgrounds.

The evening featured presentations from various faiths, including Paula Drewek, representing the Baha’i faith, the Midwest Buddhist Meditation in Warren, Pastor Melissa Claxton of First United Methodist Church, Hindu perspective given by Nasy Sankagiri of Bharatiya Temple, Islamic reflections by Imam Steve Elturk of Islamic Organization of North America and Imam Abdou Zindani of Islamic Universal Services Association, Jewish insights by Michel Keslacy of Macomb County’s only synagogue- Congregation Beth Tephilath Moses, Sikh reflections from Raman Singh on behalf of the Sikh Society of Michigan in Sterling Heights, and a message of compassion from Chaplain Michael DeRienzo of TACOM.

Father Bogdan Milosz, Pastor of St. Faustina Parish, concluded the service by conveying a message of love and acceptance, encouraging outreach and unity. The event, hosted by St. Faustina Parish, demonstrated the power of shared values, emphasizing the beauty that arises when diverse voices unite. As attendees joined a reception service, the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service left a lasting impression, showcasing the ability to find common ground and celebrate shared humanity during the Thanksgiving season.

To read the full event recap and photos, please visit: Interfaith Thanksgiving Highlights

Invitation to a Virtual Movie and Panel Discussion:

"Determined" The Story of Holocaust Survivor Avraham Perlmutter

We are thrilled to extend an invitation to a special virtual event that promises to be both enlightening and moving.

Film Screening: "Determined"

Available Virtually: November 29th - December 7th

Panel Discussion: Tuesday, December 5th, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

"Determined" is a powerful documentary that unravels the extraordinary story of Holocaust survivor Avraham Perlmutter, father of Keren Perlmutter. The film details the harrowing experiences of Avraham, who, during World War II, was sheltered by a Catholic Dutch family, the Beijers, ultimately saving him from the clutches of Hitler and the Nazis.

Join us for a thought-provoking exploration of resilience, human kindness, and the unconquerable spirit that can prevail even in the darkest hours. This interfaith narrative exemplifies the remarkable achievements made possible through relentless perseverance, providing a testament to the enduring strength of the human spirit.

We are honored to have descendants of the Beijer family, who played a pivotal role in Avraham's story, joining us from the Netherlands for the panel discussion. Their accounts will provide unique insights into the interfaith aspects of this extraordinary tale.

Thank you for joining us in this meaningful journey.!

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