In 2004 the Reverend Rod Reinhart moved to Chicago, and Gail Katz took over as the chair person of this event, and along with the efforts of the World Sabbath Committee, the message of the World Sabbath has spread throughout Metro Detroit. Because of Gail’s background as an elementary and middle school teacher and diversity club sponsor, she felt the focus of the World Sabbath needed to be changed from the clergy giving the calls to prayer for world peace, to participation of our youth and young adults.
The World Sabbath, now held on the last Sunday afternoon in January, begins with a Jewish youth blowing the shofar, a Muslim youth chanting the Muslim Call to Prayer, followed by middle school, high school and college youth giving additional prayers for world peace from many other religions- Jain, Buddhist, Baha’i, Zoroastrian, Christian, Hindu, Native American, Sikh, Quaker, and Unitarian faith traditions for example.
Interfaith service features musical offerings that reflect the individual language, culture and tradition of the many religions that are represented at the World Sabbath.
- Dance groups
The World Sabbath has been enchanted by Hindu dancers, Yiddish Klezmer music, Jain songs, Sikh Shabads, Christian Dance ensembles, and Arabic elementary school drummers.
The highlight of every World Sabbath is the inclusion of third through seventh graders who decorate white cotton banners with their ideas about World Peace. These banners are stapled to pieces of basswood to make flags that the children proudly display as they march in the processional into the sanctuary. These banners are then sewn into Children of Peace Quilts which are proudly displayed at the World Sabbath services. The Children of Peace, the youth, and the young adults who participate in our Peace Prayers and our musical offerings bring their friends and family to the World Sabbath, and this interfaith happening has grown immensely – so big that the sanctuary at Christ Church Cranbrook, where the first ten World Sabbath services were held, is no longer large enough for us.
In January 2010 we held the Eleventh Annual World Sabbath at the Church of the Holy Family in Novi – the very first time the World Sabbath was held outside of Christ Church Cranbrook.
In 2011 the World Sabbath was held at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield – the first time at a Jewish house of worship. The 2012 World Sabbath was held at the Greater New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit. In 2013 the World Sabbath was held at the Bharatiya (Hindu) Temple in Troy, followed by Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit in 2014. The 2015 World Sabbath will be held at Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills.