Monday, April 16, 2018

Lift Up Southfield!
Clergy Recruited as Police Department Chaplains

What happens at the scene of a fire, accident, or other tragedy when pastoral care is needed?

The Southfield Police Department has a list of chaplains they regularly use to provide emergency chaplaincy services to our community. 

Several 'Lift up Southfield!' members serve, and are being recruited to serve, as police department chaplains. If you are a clergy member in Southfield, or if your religious leader would like to serve in this capacity, please contact Fr. Chris Yaw at: 248.557.5430 or

Monday, April 17, 2017

Interfaith Group to Educate about Refugee and Immigrant Issues
Immigrants, Refugees, and Sanctuary: A Non-Partisan Discussion
Free Panel Discussion with State Experts
Sunday, April 20, 2017 | 3-4:30pm
Southfield Public Library

With the war in Syria raging and conflict throughout the world growing, along with the construction of a new border-wall between Mexico and the United States, the question of immigration to the U.S. and the status of international refugees has become a hotly debated topic. As political leaders on the left and the right debate strategies to alleviate humanitarian crises and also to ensure the safety of Americans, Lift Up Southfield – an interfaith group of Southfield religious communities dedicated to building relationships with one another through mutual service to the community – is organizing an educational opportunity called “Immigrants, Refugees, and Sanctuary: A Non-Partisan Discussion.”

The event, scheduled from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at the Auditorium of the Southfield Public Library, will include a panel discussion of experts.

Currently slated to participate are:
- Bing Goei, a Grand Rapids entrepreneur named by Governor Rick Snyder to direct the Michigan Office for New Americans;
- Yuliya Gaydayenko, a social worker who helps to coordinate immigrant services for Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit;
- Angie Reyes, Executive Director and Founder of the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation;
- Rev. Ken Fouty of Trinity Lutheran Church in Clawson, who serves as community outreach specialist for the refugee assistance organization Samaritas; and
- Dr. Mustfa Ahamah of the Iraqi Consulate. 

Organizations involved with Lift Up Southfield include: The First Baptist Church of Detroit; Northwestern Unitarian Universalist; Congregation Shaarey Zedek; St. David's Episcopal Church; Emmanuel Lutheran Church; Peace Lutheran Church; Transfiguration Catholic Church; St. John’s Armenian Orthodox; and the Covenant Presbyterian Church. 

There is no cost to attend the event and it is open to the community. For more information, please contact The Reverend Chris Yaw of St. David’s Episcopal Church: 248-557-5430 or visit our website at 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Lift Up Southfield!... completed it's 4th annual interfaith Thanksgiving worship service on November 20, 2016, at the Church of the Transfiguration, 25225 Code Road, Southfield, MI 48033.  Many faiths joined in giving thanks to God for the many blessings of our lives. Congregations attending were Church of the Transfiguration (our host for this year's service), St. David's Episcopal Church, Peace Lutheran Church, First Baptist Church of Detroit, and Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church.

Fr. Harrington begins the service

Scripture readings

Pastor Tim Larson provides the sermon

Combined church choir presents the anthem

The Offering

An anthem of peace from the Larson family

Prayers of Thanksgiving

The Blessing

Closing Hymn

Conducting the service:
Fr. Jeremy Harrington, OFM 
(Church of the Transfiguration)
Pastor Tim Larson
(Peace Lutheran Church)
Pastor Theodore Turman
(First Baptist Church of Detroit)
The Rev Kimi Riegel
(Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church)
The Rev Chris Yaw
(St. David's Episcopal Church)
Fr. William Farris, OFM
(Church of the Transfiguration)

Refreshments and conversation

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Lift Up Southfield!...invites you to join us in an interfaith Thanksgiving worship service.  Join those of many faiths in giving thanks to God for the many blessings of our lives. 

The service is Sunday, November 22, 7:00 PM, at First Baptist Church of Detroit, 21200 Southfield Road, Southfield MI 48075. 

Please bring a food offering and/or financial contribution that will go to Southfield Social Services.  If you would like to sing in the mass choir, please arrive no later than 6:00 PM. 

Questions?  Call 248-569-2972.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lift Up Southfield! presents
“Islam and Free Speech:
Religious Toleration in a Modern World”
March 8, 2015
at Peace Lutheran Church
6:00pm Meal—7:00pm Program

Speaker: Imam Achmat Salie

Dr. Salie is founder and director of Islamic Studies and teacher of Arabic at the University of Detroit Mercy, co-editor of Journal for Academy of Muslim Philanthropy, president of AAMPAC, vice president and religion chair of Michigan Academy Conference (established in 1897), and pioneer of two Islamic centers.

Dr. Salie has extensive experience in Islamic Studies both in South Africa and in the USA and has created Islamic studies program at various universities.

Learn more about Islam by sharing a meal with other people of faith in the Southfield community and hearing Imam Achmat Salie, a dynamic speaker.

An Indian community meal will be served at 6:00pm to honor our Indian Muslim neighbors.

A fee is required for dinner. The fee is paid at the door.

Peace Lutheran Church
17029 West 13 Mile
(between Greenfield & Southfield Roads)
Southfield, MI 48076
(248) 642-7047

Lift Up Southfield! is “A Gathering of Southfield Faith Communities”

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Lift Up Southfield! prayer vigil for Ferguson is reported on WXYZ, Channel 7 News;
click the link to view the story:

L to R:
The Rev. Chris Yaw, St. David's Episcopal Church
Fr. William Farris, Church of the Transfiguration Catholic Church
Fr. Jeremy Harrington, Church of the Transfiguration Catholic Church
The Rev. Cornelius Davis, Hope United Methodist Church
The Rev. Kimi Riegel, Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church
The Rev. Tom James, Covenant Presbyterian Church

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ferguson, Missouri: Prayers for Healing
6:30pm Wednesday, November 26
Hope United Methodist Church 
26275 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI

Southfield, MI – Clergy and congregation members in Southfield are inviting the community to a service of prayer and reconciliation on Wednesday, November 26, at 6:30pm, at Hope United Methodist Church, where Rev. Cornelius Davis, Jr. is the pastor, 26275 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, MI. We will pray for peace and reconciliation following developments in Ferguson, Missouri.

“We stand beside our brothers and sisters in Ferguson who desire healing and restoration in their communities – and who also realize that their tensions raise wider conversation issues for the people of our nation,” said co-organizer Rev. Kimi Riegel of Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church and Lift Up Southfield!  “The continued unrest in Ferguson, Missouri has revealed an abscess of racial tension in the underbelly of our nation,” added co-organizer Fr. Chris Yaw of St. David's Episcopal Church and Lift Up Southfield! “This calls for prayer, self-examination, and a determined effort to reconciliation.”

“As people of faith we realize that prayer and conversation is a positive response. We stand together with the people of Ferguson in our shared desire to bring peace and harmony to this division,” added pastor Rev. Cornelius Davis, Jr. of Hope United Methodist.

The prayer service will take place in the main sanctuary of the church, childcare is provided. Participating Southfield congregations include St. David's Episcopal Church, Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church, Hope United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church of Detroit, Peace Lutheran Church, Church of the Transfiguration Catholic Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church, and Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Lift Up Southfield! is a group of faith communities located in Southfield, Michigan, dedicated to building relationships with one another through mutual service to the community.