InterFaith Leadership Council Receives $20,000 Grant

         The InterFaith Leadership Council is very pleased to announce a grant of $20,000 from USA TODAY NETWORK’s A Community Thrives initiative! A Community Thrives, which is part of the Gannett Foundation., supports non-profit organizations with projects focused on community building. This operating grant will be used for Religious Diversity Journeys and the new Interfaith Community Values project.
         A Community Thrives, a grant making and crowd-funding program, has helped to contribute more than $17 million to non-profit organizations since 2017. In order to be eligible for this grant, the InterFaith Leadership Council was required to participate in an online crowdfunding campaign, which generated more than $6,000 from local donors. We thank you for this support.
         "The InterFaith Leadership Council is very grateful for this grant from the USA TODAY NETWORK's A Community Thrives Program. These funds will help support Religious Diversity Journeys, our immersive interfaith education program for 7th graders. In addition, the grant will help bring our Interfaith Community Values project into fruition, building on broad community participation and a joint commitment to a more harmonious community," said Raman Singh, president of the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit.
Learn about Hinduism at the Bharatiya Temple

         The InterFaith Leadership Council will present a program about the Hindu philosophy, deities (examples shown in the photo at left) and rituals on Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bharatiya Temple. Nasy Sankagiri, who chairs the temple’s Outreach Committee, will guide visitors on a tour of the temple, located at 6850 N. Adams Road in Troy.
         Space is limited and masks and COVID vaccinations are required. To register, contact Jasmine Jenkins--[email protected]. A $20 donation is suggested. For more information visit:

Greg Geiger
Greg Geiger.
Dr. Anil Kumar
Dr. Anil Kumar.
InterFaith Leadership Council Board Welcomes New Members
           Greg Geiger has recently rejoined the InterFaith Leadership Council Board after he and his wife returned from Philadelphia, where they served as volunteer Church representatives helping community members overcome the challenges of generational poverty. Greg is an ordained Bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and a retired Ford Finance executive. He has been active in the Detroit interfaith community for more than 20 years, and previously served as vice chairman of the InterFaith Leadership Council, convener of the Farmington Interfaith Group and a board member of several local non-profit organizations.
           Dr. Anil Kumar grew up in an interfaith family—his father was Hindu but he attended the local Sikh Gurdwara and his mother belonged to a Hindu sect called Arya Samaj. Anil attended a Jesuit school in a Bombay suburb where his family practiced Hinduism and attended St. Andrew’s Church. He and his wife belong to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, where he has taught adult Bible school. Dr. Kunar is an elected member of the Board of Governors of Wayne State University. He is chief of staff at Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital and vice chief of urology at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland.

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