“Indeed, God commands justice, doing good to others, as well as courtesy to close relatives. He forbids indecency, wickedness, and aggression. He instructs you so perhaps you will be mindful.” (16:90 )            “For every day on which the sun rises, there is a (reward from God) for the one who establishes justice among people.” (al-Bukhari)            “And thus have We willed you to be a community of the middle way, so that [with your lives] you may bear witness to the truth before all humankind. . .” (2:143)            “Dispensers of justice will be seated on pulpits of light beside God.” (Muslim)            “Do not spread corruption in the land after it has been set in order. And call upon Him with hope and fear. Indeed, Allah’s mercy is always close to the good-doers.” (7:56)           “Even an ant in its hole and fish (in the depth of water) invoke blessings on someone who teaches people goodness.” (al-Tirmidhi)            “O believers! Remain conscious of God, and be with those who are truthful in word and deed.” (9:119)           “God does not judge you according to your bodies and appearances, but He looks into your hearts and observes your deeds.” (Muslim)            “The parable of those who spend their possessions for the sake of God is that of a grain out of which grow seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains: for God grants manifold increase unto whom He wills; and God is infinite, all-knowing.” (2:261)           “Charity does not diminish wealth.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “Let there be a group among you who call ˹others˺ to goodness, encourage what is good, and forbid what is evil-it is they who will be successful.” (3:104)           “Avoid cruelty and injustice...and guard yourselves against miserliness, for this has ruined nations who lived before you.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “Do not forget to show kindness to each other. Surely God observes your actions.” (2:237)           “(Allah) has revealed to me that you should adopt humility so that no one oppresses another.” (Riyadh al-Salihin)            “It is We who sent down this Reminder (al-Quran) and it is We who shall preserve it.” (15:9)           “The best among you are those who learn the Quran and teach it (to others).” (al-Bukhari)            “So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me.” (2:152)           “There are two blessings that many people lose -- health and free time for doing good.” (al-Bukhari)            “Say: 'O My servants who have transgressed against your own souls, do not despair of God's mercy, for God forgives all sins. It is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.'“(39:53)           “Happy is the man who avoids dissension, but how fine is the man who is afflicted and shows endurance.” (Abu Dawud)            “And you love wealth with immense love.” (89:20)           “Being rich does not mean having a great amount of property, but (it) is being content (with what one has).” (al-Bukhari)            “Every soul is held in pledge for its deeds.” (74:38)           “Make things easy and convenient and don't make them harsh and difficult. Give cheer and glad tidings and do not create hatred.” (al-Bukhari & Muslim)           

Detroit Area All Faiths Festival 2008

Detroit Area All Faiths Festival 2008

Interfaith Event with the goal being to build bridges, create dialogue, foster recognition and respect. One People, Same Needs

Detroit MI, March 28, 2008 – The Festival Will commence at 2:30PM on Sunday, May 4, 2008, at Sacred Heart Of Jesus Church Located At 18342 Utica Road, Roseville, MI48066.

The All Faith Festival is an Interfaith Event with the goal being to build bridges, create dialogue, foster recognition and respect, and support families and people in crisis among all Faith Traditions in the metropolitan Detroit area. Mrs. Edna Jackson of Focus: Hope has been invited to share her vast experience in service to persons in crisis because of economic conditions in a community. With Fr. Lawrence M. Ventline, a Roman Catholic Priest, Imam Mustapha Elturk of Islamic Organization Of North America, Rabbi Mordehi Waldman of Mount Clemens, and Rev. David Kasbow of American Clergy Leadership in Warren, MI, and the Family Federation of World Peace and Unification will collaborate in support of the community, seating a panel which will address their particular Faith Tradition and its position and views on the needs of the people in the community who are in crisis.

Rev. David Kasbow, of American Clergy Leadership In Warren, and an organizer of this event, said “It is a part of the mission of the Faith Community to help those in need, this All Faith Festival is a manifestation of this.”

The breakout sessions which follow the panel will present some of the practical remedies that are presently available that can address;

  1. Preventing Mortgage Foreclosures And Bankruptcy Counseling. In this particular breakout, Lighthouse Community Development has been asked to provide their expertise to as many of those who need this type of help as time will allow.
  2.  Counseling Of Alienated And Fractured Individuals Amid Divorce
  3. Medical And Health Insurance Coverage
  4. Mild And Major Depression
  5. Drug Counseling For Families And The Addicted
  6. Resources In Support Of Those Who Have Become Unemployed
  7. Children and stress

“Even nominal success in this bold joint venture will surely revitalize our community, and establish a permanent collaboration and respect necessary for the survival of us all.” ~ Rev. Kasbow

The organizers hope to inspire and encourage those in attendance with a music ministry which will include Fr. William McGoldrick, folk singer David Reske, and other Artists not yet confirmed. All are welcome to this free event that will accept freewill offerings, however, to help cover expenses.

The Organizers Of This Event Are From The Roman Catholic, Protestant, Islamic, And Jewish Faith Traditions. Fr. Lawrence M. Ventline, a Roman Catholic Priest and former Chaplain of Care of The Soul, Imam Mustapha Elturk of Islamic Organization of North America, Rev. David Kasbow of American Clergy Leadership in Warren, MI, and Pastor of a congregation of Family Federation of World Peace and Unification, and Rabbi Mordehi Waldman of Mount Clemens, MI, all collaborate to serve some very grave community needs.

For more information contact Rev. Kasbow at (734) 546-4395, kasbow@earthlink.net , Fr. L. M. Ventline at ventlinel@att.net, 586.777.9116, Linda at (248) 854-3260 or Jan (248) 398-7777.

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