Thank You to Our Supporters

        The InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit is grateful for the strong philanthropic support of our efforts through the online platform A Community Thrives. Forty individuals, including some first-time donors, gave $6,143 to the InterFaith Leadership Council. We greatly appreciate this generosity and commitment to positive interfaith relationships and programming.

       Consider Local Volunteer Service Opportunities

          As the InterFaith Leadership Council plans its Interfaith Community Values project, we want to reinforce the value of volunteer service as one way to improve our community. The United Way of Southeast Michigan ( provides a range of adult volunteer opportunities at These include virtual, remote and in-person service activities throughout metropolitan Detroit. The website also provides links to additional individual nonprofit organizations that welcome volunteers. If your faith community has a volunteer opportunity that you would like to share, please send an email to:

September 11, 2021 Is the 20th Anniversary of the Attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon:
Tragedy Led to Increased Interfaith Efforts in Metro Detroit

In a few weeks, our nation will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks on 9/11 which killed almost 3,000 people. Several memorial services have been announced and others are likely to be planned. Please forward information about any services that are open to the public to [email protected] so that they can be included in an upcoming issue.
Soon after 9/11, several members of the local clergy and lay leaders organized interfaith services and eventually their efforts led to ongoing inter-congregational activities. Over time, these initiatives expanded and eventually led to the formation of the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit, which became a nonprofit organization in 2010. We plan to share the memories of interfaith leaders in a future newsletter issue.

Religious Diversity Journeys
Celebrating 20 Years

 RDJ is excited to bring our partner schools and communities three exciting options for supporting interfaith and cross-cultural learning and the essential presence of diversity, equity and inclusion in educational spaces.

Not letting the pandemic limit interfaith or diversity education motivated the Religious Diversity Journeys program to shine! With creative imaginations, and input from local and national partners, RDJ offered 5,000+ Southeast Michigan students online enrichment experiences that elicited positive feedback for being immersive, engaging and meaningful. Students and teachers found the RDJ Foundations Track to be user-friendly and teachers appreciated that the curriculum could be used synchronously (in real time) as well as independently by students.

Curriculum components featuring culturally-connected recipes and stories about food were very popular, along with the live Q & A sessions that brought students and local faith leaders together. A fantastic "silver lining" to RDJ's online program is that the remote format supports multi-generational learning—as students often participated alongside parents or grandparents!

For the 2021 - 2022 school year IFLC will again focus on sharing RDJ's remote curriculum. If conditions allow, there is a framework to offer in-person field trips beginning in late winter 2022.

InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit | P.O. Box 252271, West Bloomfield, MI 48325
Phone: [313.338.9777] Email contact: [email protected]