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Interfaith Series Continues Sept. 26 with 
"Ask A Christian"

Why are there so many churches?

Is there one belief all Christians hold?

When did Christianity become a religion?

The Interfaith Leadership Council's Community Building Committee welcomes the public to discuss to these questions and ask more of their own in its continuing Community Building series where a house of worship invites representatives from another faith to promote better understanding between different religions.

"Ask a Christian" takes place Tuesday, Sept. 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Sikh Mata Tripta Ji Gurdwara Sahib, 40600 Schoolcraft Road, Plymouth. The program is open and free to the public. Participants are encouraged to register in advance here.

The Reverend Charles Packer of the Pine Hill Congregational Church in West Bloomfield will moderate the discussion facilitated by Dr. Anneliese Sinnott, O.P., recently retired professor of systematic theology and Dr. Stephen Butler Murray, president and professor of systematic theology and preaching, both from The Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit.

Packer said the intention of this series is to ask questions about one faith hosted in the house of worship in another to broaden understandings of other religions. Additionally, the participant may come away with a deeper understanding of their own faith.

"I can speak personally as a Protestant that in my religious upbringing, learning about other branches of Christianity was not a part of my formal spiritual education, but cooperation among the different branches of Christianity was a value taught in my home," Packer said. "What this very informal, participatory conversation hopes to deliver is answering questions on how different strains of Christianity give answers to topics such as salvation, Scripture and worship."
The program is part of a continuing series presented by IFLC's Community Building  Committee

The first, "Ask a Muslim," was held at Pine Hill Congregational Church.

Future programs in the series include a winter program: Ask a Sikh, tentatively scheduled at Temple Shir Shalom followed by Ask a Native American hosted by the Unity Church in Royal Oak this spring.

Stay tuned for more details.

Registration is Now Open!

IFLC's 5th Annual Awards Dinner
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
5:30- Burton Manor, Livonia

2017 Awardees

Daniel Hart Krichbaum Visionary Civic Leader Award
Rip Rapson - President & CEO, Kresge Foundation

Community Service Award
Eide Alawan- Interfaith Outreach Officer, Islamic Center of America

Interfaith Leadership Award
Interfaith Scholars Colloquy

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Question of the Week!


Q: What are the three themes of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year? The Jewish New Year of 5778 begins on sundown Wednesday, Sept. 20. Want to know how your Jewish friends celebrate their High Holiday season? 

A: Click Here


Q: What are the origins of Lutheranism?
A: Click  here  for the answer.

   By Alma Pater _Own work_ _CC BY-SA 3.0 _http___creativecommons.org

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Don't Miss These Upcoming InterFaith Events
Please visit our InterFaith Events Calendar for more information on the events listed below or contact us by clicking here.
September 2017 Events

Troy Community International Day of Peace Celebration
Troy Public Library
510 West Big Beaver Road
Thursday, September 21, 7:00-8:00 pm

Peace Day
Swords into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery
Thursday, Sept. 21, 1-4 p.m.
Dialogue about the future of the local peace movement. 
How effective are we? Of the tactics we use, what works and what doesn't? 
How can we encourage more people to join our organizations or at least participate in events?
 Which messages get people interested in peace? 
How can our organizations work together to project our aims and goals to the public? 

Health and Human Services 
Live Stream-National Recovery Month Event
Recovery, Prevention, & Hope: National Experts on Opioids and Other Addictions Equip Faith and Community Leaders, September 27  
Live Stream: 1- 2 p.m. EDT
Host your own local conversation 2- 3 p.m. EDT
Live  from Washington D.C., the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will convene national leaders and experts to talk about the opioid epidemic and other addictions to raise awareness, encourage compassion, reinforce the role of community and families in long-term recovery and prevention, and make a call to action.
About the live stream:  
This event will be live-streamed from the  HHS.gov/live page. The live stream can be viewed using the players utilized by the following web browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Safari or Google Chrome. The player is also compatible with mobile devices running Android or iOS. HHS will set up a live stream for testing purposes prior to the live event.  (You will need a computer workstation or laptop to view the live-stream and a projector to display in the room for audience viewing.)

October 2017 Events

Centuries of Light, A Celebration of the Birth of
Baha'u'l a lh and the Baha'i Faith
St. Stephens Episcopal Church
5500 N. Adams Road, Troy
Monday, October 2, 7:00-8:30 pm
Click here for more info

Society of Scholars  Zoroastrianism
Farmington Public Library Auditorium
32737 W. 12 Mile Rd. Farmington Hills, MI 48331
Saturday, October 14, 10:15 am -5:30 pm

Wisdom's Tenth Anniversary Year Celebration
North Congregational Church
36520 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48331
Sunday, October 15, 5 - 8:30 pm
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Bicentenary of the Birth of 200 Baha'u'lalh
Flagstaff Strand Theatre for the Performing Arts
12 N. Saginaw St. Pontiac MI, 48342
Sunday, October 22, 3:00 pm

5th Annual Awards Dinner
Interfaith Leadership Council 
Burton Manor
27777 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia
Wednesday, October 25, 5 pm

The 2017 Interfaith Health & Hope Coalition 
Prayer Luncheon
Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
2080 W. Grand Blvd. Detroit
Thursday, October 26, 11 am

Ecumenical Theological Seminary presents
Experiencing Nature as Spiritual Encounter
Friday, October 27, 2017, from 4:30pm-8:30pm and 
Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 9:30am-4:00pm
2930 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
  Presented by Dr. Ventra Asana
Founder and CEO WUE/Workshop in Urban Ecology
ETS Students $150
Members of the Community $50

Click here to register today! 

November 2017 Events

Interfaith Religious Conference
S.S Peter and Paul Jesuit C hurch
438 St. Antoine St., Detroit MI, 48226
Tuesday, November 7, 7:00-9:00 pm

Troy Interfaith Group
Annual Thanksgiving Celebration
Troy First Presbyterian Church
4328 Livernois Road
Sunday, November 19, 7:00-8:30 pm
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December 2017 Events

Food, Faith, and Friends Interfaith Dinner
Orchid Café of Troy
3303 Rochester Road
Monday, December 4, 6:30-8:00 pm
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