St. John's Armenian Church 22001 Northwestern Highway Southfield, Michigan, 48075
Lift Up Southfield! presents our keynote speaker, renowned area television personality and person of faith Chuck Gaidica who will be speaking on The Power of Faith.
Master of Ceremonies is Pastor Theodore Turman, First Baptist Church of Detroit. Come join us for festive breakfast as we join community leaders from across Metro Detroit to pray for our region and hear the inspiring words of local broadcasting personality Chuck Gaidica. Faith leaders from many different traditions will be on hand to offer prayers as we seek to come together in faith and hope for our community and raise money for the hungry and homeless of our area.
Resolution of Support
and Denunciation of the Violence
at the Tree of Life Synagogue
We, the clergy of Lift Up Southfield!, an interfaith
community of Southfield congregations, pray for the victims and families
affected by the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA and roundly
denounce the violence which occurred as innocent worshippers gathered for Shabbat
services on October 27.
The murder of eleven people and wounding of many more have broken
the hearts of faithful people of all walks of life, but our souls, our beliefs,
and our shared unity of purpose remain unshaken.
As representatives of many faiths we share values shaped by
our holy texts - all of which command us to revere life. And we recognize that
an attack against anyone, particularly who’s practicing their constitutional
right to freely worship, is an attack on all people of good will.
We further denounce the current political climate of
polarization, prejudice, and xenophobia, which is now so rampant in our
country. We will not stand by idly and allow forces of hatred and bigotry go
In solidarity, we commend the interfaith community of
Pittsburgh, more than a thousand of whom gathered shortly after the shootings,
to demonstrate their love for and mutual support of their Jewish neighbors
during this tragic time.
We commit to embodying these ideals by drawing closer to one
another and by urging all peoples and communities of faith in Southfield and
Metro Detroit to do so as well.
The Very Rev. Chris Yaw – St. David’s Episcopal Church
The Rev. Kimi Riegel – Northwest Unitarian Universalist
Church Pastor Jill Heather – Emmanuel Lutheran Church The Rev. Theodore Turman – First Baptist Church of Detroit Rabbi Aaron Starr – Congregation Shaarey Zedek Fr. Jeffrey Scheeler, OFM - Catholic Church of the
Transfiguration Fr. Jeremy Harrington, OFM – Catholic Church of the
Transfiguration Very Rev. Fr. Aren Jebejian – St. John’s Armenian Orthodox
Church Rev. Fr. Armash Bagdasarian - St. John’s Armenian
Group Calls Community Together to Help the Needy
November Join Local Congregations to Fill a Truck with Winter Coats
(Southfield, MI October 29) - The cold will
soon be upon us and a local interfaith group wants to help those most
vulnerable. Lift Up Southfield! a consortium of 9 Southfield congregations
along with the Friends of the Southfield Police, are inviting the community to
donate new or gently used coats throughout the month of November.
Coats can be taken to a Lift Up Southfield!
congregation, or St. David’s Episcopal Church, 16200 W. 12 Mile Road, where a
huge truck is parked. Special thanks goes to Central Transport of Warren for
the truck donation.
“The Christian scriptures say that if one person has two coats, he ought to
give one away to a needy person,” said Lift Up Southfield! Convener, The Very
Rev. Chris Yaw, Rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church. “If you’re like me, you
have way more than one coat. This is an opportunity for us to reflect on our
blessedness, and take action for those who don’t have enough.”
Organizations involved with Lift Up Southfield
include: The First Baptist Church of Detroit; Northwest 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. The Friends of the Southfield Police
Department are a group of officers and supporters dedicated to community
Coats will be collected throughout the month
of November. They will be distributed to several local charities throughout
Metro Detroit including the South Oakland Shelter in Lathrup Village. For more information,
please contact The Very Reverend Chris Yaw of St. David’s Episcopal Church:
248-557-5430 or visit their website at www.stdavidssf.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.liftupsouthfield.org
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.