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Interfaith Programming Series Compares Religions March 12, April 16, May 14

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(Baldwin Library, March 3, 2015)

From March through May the Baldwin Public Library in conjunction with the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit, will be presenting a programming series designed to explore the similarities and differences of different faiths represented in our community. The follow programs will all take place at the Baldwin Public Library.

Christianity: What Does It Look Like?

Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Panelists include Michael Hovey (Roman Catholic), Reverend Canon Robert Hart (Episcopal), Bishop Greg Geiger (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), Rev. Dr. Charmaine Johnson (African American Baptist)

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Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Panelists include Rabbi Aaron Bergman (Jewish), Reverend Daniel Buttry (American Baptist), Imam Steve Elturk (Muslim), and Bill Secrest (Buddhist).

WISDOM: Five Women, Five Journeys

Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Panelists include Parwin Anwar (Muslim), Paula Drewek (Baha’i), Gail Katz (Jewish), Jatinder Kauer (Sikh), Amy Morgan (Christian).

The first panel discussion will examine the differences and similarities between faiths that see Jesus as Savior. The second discussion will explore the themes of pain and healing from a variety of faith traditions. The WISDOM (Women’s Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach in Metro-Detroit) program features the personal stories of how women who come from different faith traditions have been impacted both by their faiths and by reaching out to women of different faiths.

“One aspect of Birmingham’s identity is its diversity of faith,” said Kathryn Bergeron, Associate Director of the lisa schmidt lawBaldwin Public Library. “Over and over we see how discussion of patrons’ differences and similarities has helped them learn and connect with others. This program series gives us the opportunity to educate our patrons and to encourage diversity within our community.”

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to bring discussions about religious diversity to the Birmingham community,” said Meredith Skowronski of the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metro-Detroit. “One of the best parts of living in Metro-Detroit is the diversity of faiths represented here, and we love a chance to celebrate those difference and similarities.”

The InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit is a faith-based civic organization made up of visionary religious and lay leaders of many faiths whose shared values compel them to work toward a community that lives together in harmony. Meredith Skowronski, Administrator for the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metro-Detroit can be contacted at More information can be found at

WISDOM (Women’s Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach in MetroDetroit) provides modeling for women of different faiths to work together, empowers women to take an active role in social justice, dispels myths and prejudices about faith traditions, and nurtures interfaith dialogue. Gail Katz, Co-founder of WISDOM, can be contacted at or 248-978-6664. More information can be found at

The Baldwin Public Library is located in downtown Birmingham at 300 W. Merrill Street and can be reached at 248-647-1700 or through the Library’s website at


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