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SUNDAY, March 5, 2017

 4:00 PM

Temple Beth El:

7400 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills

Phone: 248- 851-1100

2016 Program:

(Signer: Pamela Tucker)

Gathering Music  –  Fort Street Chorale, Ed Kingins (Musical Director), Augustus Hill, (Pianist/Organist)

Processional –  “We Are Marching”

World Sabbath Committee, Religious and Faith Community Leaders, Participants, Children of Peace

Sounding of the Shofar – Riley Gross Lempert, Temple Israel

Followers of Judaism worship one God, and are all the children of Abraham, the man who brought God’s message to the people.  The holy book of Judaism, the Torah, tells the story of how God promised to protect Abraham’s people if they vowed to love and obey God, and to follow God’s laws.  The most important laws are the Ten Commandments, handed down from God to a leader named Moses at Mt. Sinai. The shofar is a ram’s horn used by ancient Jews in religious ceremonies and is now sounded at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the most important holy days for Jews.

Muslim Call to Prayer – Rettik Ishtiaque, IONA

Five times a day, all over the world, followers of the Islamic faith stop what they are doing and pray.  With each prayer, they show their devotion to God, most often called by the Arabic name, Allah.  Today, there are more than a billion followers of Islam across the world.  The word Islam means “surrender to God,” and followers of this faith (known as Muslims) must obey God’s will.  The religion’s holy book, the Qur’an, contains the word of Allah, as told by an angel to Islam’s founder, the prophet Muhammad.

Blowing of the Conch Shell – Vishal Chandu

Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest living religions. It is a rich collection of hundreds of spiritual and philosophical traditions, followed throughout Asia for more than 5000 years. Most traditions within Hinduism share certain distinctive core beliefs, despite the absence of an identifiable beginning in history, single founder, central religious establishment or sole authoritative scripture. The concept of Pluralism is expressed through the diversity of Hindu practice and centuries of peaceful coexistence with various faiths. Hindus blow the conch during worship at home and the temple, or to mark an important occasion. When the conch is blown, the primordial sound Om is produced, which is considered to represent the Universe and the Truth behind it.

Welcome  –  Rev. Dr. Bob Agnew, Fort Street Presbyterian Church and Gail Katz, Chair of the World Sabbath

First Worship Through Music in the Hindu Tradition  – Hindu Temple Rhythms

The HTR Dancers will present Maithreem Bhajata in the classical dance style of Bharata Natyam, a song composed by Hindu Acharya Sri Chandrasekhara Saraswathi.

The lyrics in Sanskrit allude to the three “da”s” – damyata, datta and dayadhvam, or control, generosity, and compassion and a story which occurs in Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad 5.2.2.


Second Worship Through Music in the Jewish Tradition – Kidz Klez  – Annie Citron, Leah Pernick , Chana Weiss,  Kinneret Weiss, Sarah Weiss

Kidz Klez will begin with a traditional klezmer tune called a freilech.  “Freilech” is the Yiddish word for “happy”, and a freilech is a joyous dance tune.  They will then segue into “Hevenu Shalom Aleichem”, a traditional Israeli folksong whose words mean “We bring you peace”.  The words ‘Shalom Aleichem’, by themselves, mean “Peace be unto you” and are a traditional Jewish greeting, equivalent to the Arabic “Salaam Aleikum”.  

First Prayer for Peace in the Buddhist Tradition – Shoma Barua, Dipannita Barua, Arsh Wasnik, Sana Wasnik, Trupti Bankar, Mahes Wasnik

Buddhism is a spiritual tradition that focuses on personal spiritual development and the attainment of a deep insight into the true nature of life. There are 376 million followers worldwide. Buddhists seek to reach a state of Nirvana, following the path of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, who went on a quest for Enlightenment around the sixth century BCE. There is no belief in a personal god. Buddhists believe that nothing is fixed or permanent and that change is always possible. The path to Enlightenment is through the practice and development of morality, meditation and wisdom. Buddhists believe that life is both endless and subject to impermanence, suffering and uncertainty. Our mistaken belief that things can last is a chief cause of suffering.

Third Worship Through Music in the Baha’i Tradition – “O Son of Spirit”

 Guitarist: Bob Schneeweis, Kids: Kian & Iulia Schneeweis, Adora, Jordan & Leila Lady

“We verily have made music as a ladder for your souls that they may be lifted up unto the realm on high. Strike up such a melody and tune as to cause the nightingales of divine mysteries to be filled with joy and ecstasy.”

The Baha’i Faith, beginning in Persia in 1844, is the newest of the great world religions. Its prophet-founder was Baha’u’llah which means The Glory of God. Baha’is believe in;  the oneness of mankind, independent investigation of the truth, the common foundation of all religions, equality of men and woman, elimination of prejudices, universal compulsory education, and a spiritual solution to the economic problems. “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.”

Fourth Worship Through Music in the African American Christian Tradition – Second Grace United Methodist Church Drummers- Connie Chapin, Director.  Lead by Rev. Anthony Ballah,  Rashid Alghali and drummers. 

Part I – The Calling Drums: Wonkae (Let us go), Shika N’goma (Playing the Drums) and Kake (Ready? Go)

Part II – Traditional Music of Joy: Tumblack and Kaladja

We affirm our unity in Jesus Christ while acknowledging differences in applying our faith in different cultural contexts as we live out the gospel.  We stand united in declaring our faith that God’s grace is available to all, that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.


Fifth Worship Through Music in the Aztec Tradition – Aztec All Saints

Performed by Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel from St. Gabriel Parish in Detroit

Second Prayer for Peace in the Zoroastrian Tradition – Sarosh Irani

Zoroastrianism is considered to be one of the oldest monotheistic religions in the world having originated in Persia or modern day Iran over 3000 years ago. Its founder Prophet Zarathustra or Zoroaster taught belief in one God Ahura Mazda. His teachings are contained in the divine songs called Gathas. A dominant religion of the civilized world from 500 BC to 500 AD Zoroastrianism influenced many other faiths that originated in the Middle East with concepts of Heaven and Hell, the coming of a Savior and the final Day of Judgement. Greek philosophers like Plato and Socrates studied Zoroaster’s teachings and were influenced by them. The central doctrine of Zoroastrianism is embodied in the concept of Asha or righteousness and the constant struggle between Good and Evil or Light and Darkness. The religion also preaches non-violence, religious tolerance and philanthropy. By practicing the principles of Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds, Zoroastrians work to create a Heaven on Earth filled with peace and prosperity.

Sixth Worship Through Music in the Jain Tradition: “Maitri Bhavana”-   (The Universal Friendship Song)

Jain Society of Greater Detroit – Shikha Lakhani, Siddharth Lakhani, Nilay Dedhia, Yash Mehta, Ruhin Shah, Krishi Shah, Rahi Shah, Arushi Shah, Priya Shah, Neal Sanghvi

Jainism is one of the oldest living religions of India, predating recorded history as referenced in Hindu scriptures. It is an original system, quite distinct and independent from other systems of all other Indian philosophies. Jainism has become one of the essential spiritual traditions in the South Asian religious fabric. Jains believe in the philosophy of Karma, reincarnation of worldly soul, hell and heaven as a punishment or reward for one’s deeds, and liberation (Nirvän or Moksha) of the self from life’s misery of birth and death in a way similar to the Hindu and Buddhist beliefs.  Though there are multiple similarities in these South Asian religions, there are some major portions of the belief system that remain unique to each religion.  For instance, the Jain philosophy believes that the universe and all its entities such as soul and matter are eternal (there is no beginning or end), no one has created them and no one can destroy them. 

Third Prayer for Peace in the Native American Tradition – Chris and Euphemia Franklin, Pearl and Clarence Byrd

The history of the Native Americans, or First Nation People goes back at least 30,000 years. Beliefs vary greatly from one tribe to the next, but they all share a very close relationship with the natural world. This is reflected in many of their beliefs and ceremonies, such as the smoking of tobacco in a shared pipe, purification in a sweat lodge, and the ritual of smudging. The lodge keeper is called a shaman, who forms a link between the spirit world and the everyday world.

Presentation of Peace Award – Robert Bruttell, Chair of the InterFaith Leadership Council

World Sabbath Peace Awardee: Faith Fowler (for more information on Faith, please click here)

Offertory Appeal  – Rev. Dr. Bob Agnew, Augustus Hill, pianist/organist

(if you prefer, checks can be made out to The Interfaith Leadership Council, a 501(c) 3, with “World Sabbath” in the memo line) 

Interfaith Pledge – Clergy, Religious and Faith Community Leaders  – led by Rev. Dr. Bob Agnew

“We pledge ourselves this day in the name of all we hold holy to raise our voices in the cause of peace.  No longer shall we remain silent when armies march and children die; while dictators lay the blame on God.  No longer shall we remain silent when religious and political leaders use religion as an excuse for bloodshed or claim faith as a reason for war. We shall raise our voices when prejudice and persecution are blamed on God.  We shall raise our voices when scriptures are twisted.  We shall build a world of tolerance, justice, faithfulness, and peace.  We shall build a world where all may know that our faith calls us to be builders of peace, not makers of war.  And this we pledge: Salaam, Shalom, Shanti, Peace.”

Responsive Prayer for Peace- Faith Fowler

We pray this day for children and families who suffer, starve and die as victims of environmental degradation, racial conflict, ethnic persecution, and religious war.

Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Peace

We weep as bullets fly, suicide bombs explode, houses of worship burn, machetes draw blood, and the life drains from the eyes of innocent children in holy lands and sacred cities across the globe.  

Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Peace

We remember especially today the children of Sudan… Syria… Israel…Palestinian Territories… India… Pakistan… Afghanistan… Iraq…and other countries around the world that have suffered war and unrest.

Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Peace

We call on all people of faith in every land to unite their hearts in the pledge that all boys and girls everywhere will have full and fair access to education, healthcare, nutrition, environmental protection, prosperity and peace.

Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Peace

Seventh Worship Through Music in the Sikh Tradition- 

Manjot Singh, Maheep Singh, Jeevin Singh, Preet Singh

Will be playing traditional instruments used in Sikh kirten (sacred music) These include the dilruba, taus and jori..  They will be playing some meditation music and vocals as well as a musical piece called a Shaan.  A shaan is usually an introductory piece done during  a Sikh kirten performance. 

Sikhism is a monotheistic religion based on a definitive revelation. With over 25 million followers worldwide, it is one of the youngest major world religions.  Sikhism was revealed to Guru Nanak over 500 years ago in the Punjab, the Sikh homeland in South Asia.  Guru Nanak Sahib, the founder of Sikhi (also Sikhism) talked about the principle of Oneness, which leaves no room for distinctions based on race, caste, creed, gender, color or nationality.  Therefore, differences between “them” and “us” vanish.  As it says in the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh Scriptural Canon, “I see no stranger.”  For this reason principles of divinity, dignity and liberty are inherent to the Sikh lifestyle.  Sikhism preaches a message of devotion, remembrance of God at all times, truthful living, equality between all human beings, social justice, while emphatically denouncing superstitions and blind rituals.

Musical Selection – Children of Peace, “We are Children of Peace” Renaissance Unity Youth Choir, directed by Kim Lange

Verse One: Peace

We are children of peace. We are the children of the world. We are children of peace. We are the children of the world

Verse Two: Friendship

We are children of friendship. We are the children of the world. We are children of friendship. We are the children of the world.

Verse Three: War

We don’t want war anymore. We are the children of the world. We don’t want war anymore. We are the children of the world.


Listen people everywhere – hear our song. Come and take somebody’s hand. Sing along. The choice is ours – what will we do? It’s up to me. It’s up to you.

Verse Four: Justice

We are children of justice. We are the children of the world. We are children of justice. We are the children of the world.

Verse Five: Compassion

We are children of compassion. We are the children of the world. We are children of compassion. We are the children of the world.

Verse Six: Love

We are children of love. We are the children of the world. We are children of love. We are the children of the world


Verse Seven: Music

We are children of music. We are the children of the world. We are children of music. We are the children of the world.


Verse Eight: Love

We are children of love. We are the children of the world. We are children of love. We are the children of the world.


Verse Nine: War

We don’t want war anymore. We are the children of the world. We don’t want war anymore. We are the children of the world.

Final Chorus:

Please see insert in your program for the Houses of Worship or Institutions that have Children of Peace participating in our World Sabbath program. 

Announcements and Acknowledgements – Gail Katz, World Sabbath Chairperson

Dedication of the Seventeenth Annual World Sabbath to Rev. Rod Reinhart- Gail Katz

A Tribute to the Life of Rodney E. Reinhart

Co-Founder of the World Sabbath


Sadly Fr. Rodney Reinhart passed away in December 2015, and as the Co-Founder of the World Sabbath of Religious Reconciliation, the World Sabbath Committee is dedicating this 2016 World Sabbath in his memory. 

Fr. Rod Reinhart was ordained as priest at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on the campus of Detroit’s Wayne State University in 1984. While at St. Andrew’s Fr. Reinhart established programs to care for Vietnam veterans, university students, and people with HIV/AIDS. For much of his career in Detroit, Fr. Reinhart specialized in Interim and Transitional ministries. Working in close coordination with the Bishop of Michigan, he helped troubled parishes transition through times of conflict and change. During that time Fr. Reinhart was very concerned about the tragedy of religious prejudice and war.  In 1999 he established the World Sabbath of Religious Reconciliation – the first interfaith Holy Day dedicated to overcoming religious and racial war.  With the support of the Rev. Edward Mullins and Christ Church Cranbrook, the World Sabbath became one of Michigan’s most important interfaith events, and continues to be a vital force in Michigan to this day.

In 2004 Fr. Reinhart moved to Chicago to become the Rector of St. Clement’s Church in Harvey, Illinois and St. Joseph/Aidan’s Church in Blue Island, Illinois. Under his leadership both churches became great centers for helping homeless veterans survive the winter.  Rod Reinhart was always deeply concerned about the ways that women, gays and racial minorities were abused and mistreated in American society, and took the message of inclusion and equality out to the world. With his long career of preaching, caring for people, and changing the world, Fr. Rod Reinhart saw his whole ministry as a matter of engaging people in making connections between their faith and their everyday lives.  He saw this as especially true as people sought out God in the midst of the struggles, injustice, changes, and transitions that they experienced.

Rod and his spouse, Alan Engle, came to Detroit every year since 2004 and stayed with Gail Katz, the chairperson of the World Sabbath, so that they could visit with friends and family, and attend the World Sabbath interfaith world peace service.  Rod was the one who made the peace award and presented it to the World Sabbath peace awardee!  This Seventeenth Annual World Sabbath is dedicated to Fr. Rod Reinhart’s memory and all that he did to repair the world.

Passing of the Peace Banner  – Rev. Dr. Bob Agnew,  Fort Street Presbyterian Church, Detroit to Rev. Jim Lee, Renaissance Unity in Warren

Fourth Prayer for Peace in the Quaker Tradition – “Give Peace a Chance” Detroit Friends Meeting – Samantha Smith, Douglas Smith, Jayson Smith, Thalia Hunter

We attend the Detroit Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Most people know us as Quakers. We turn to an inner guide for continuing spiritual direction called the “Inner Light” and believe that there is that of God in everyone.  The Quakers have been known for their social and political involvement and have received the Nobel Peace Prize.  The Detroit Friends Meeting practices an unprogrammed form of worship where they gather in silence and expectant waiting.   Quakers believe that each person has a direct relationship with God.

Closing Song – “Let There Be Peace on Earth”  – Renaissance Unity Youth Choir, directed by Kim Lange

Please wave your colorful banners!!

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.

Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.

With God our creator, family all are we.

Let us walk with each other, in perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now.

With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow.

To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally.

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.

Recessional – “Scotland the Brave” –  Roland Hill – bagpiper, Student at Harrison High School, Farmington Hills

Please join us for the Afterglow at the end of the World Sabbath in the  Social Hall at Fort Street Presbyterian Church. Please recycle your programs if you do not care to take them with you and recycle the cloth napkins so we can use them again next year!!  Boxes are placed near the exits!

The Eighteenth Annual World Sabbath will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 4:00 PM at Renaissance Unity, 11200 E. 11 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48089

Our Thanks to the 17th Annual World Sabbath Committee:

Azar Alizideh, Bev Brun, Rabbi Dorit Edut, Dr. Charmaine Johnson, Eide Alawan, Gail Katz, Janet Pound, Judy Lewis, Lalita Avutapalli, Loretta Stanton, Mary Gilhuly, Mary Webster, Meredith Skowronski, Micky Grossman, Motoko Huthwaite, Padma Kuppa, Raman Singh, Ruth Turner, 

Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

Christ Church Cranbrook for printing of program

The Write Stuff, Inc. for design of program and flyers

Fort Street Presbyterian Church for their venue and assistance

InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit 

St. Johns Episcopal Church – for hosting our World Sabbath committee meetings

Home Depot in Pontiac for providing materials for the Peace Banners

To learn more about next year’s World Sabbath and to sign up for the InterFaith Leadership Council’s weekly e-newsletter, please visit the IFLC website: