Walking the Walk

March 3, in a mosque filled with Muslims, Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists and people of other faith traditions, the Song and Spirit Institute for Peace was recognized for bringing people together “to engage in creative service through education, music, art and social outreach programs” in metro Detroit.

The Song and Spirit team with host Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi

The Song and Spirit team with host Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi

At the 20th Annual World Sabbath, a service of music and prayer at the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights, Mich., Song and Spirit received the 2019 World Sabbath Peacemaker Award, which honors those “seeking to build a world of tolerance, justice, faithfulness and peace.”

Accepting the award were Song and Spirit’s founders, friar Al Mascia, Hazzan Steve Klaper and Mary Gilhuly, and its Outreach Coordinator, Greg Allen. The Song and Spirit Interfaith Choir performed in a variety of languages.

“It is an inspiring event, from which we all emerged with hope that our world will become a better place for future generations,” Al said. “It is always uplifting to see youth of many faith traditions participating in prayer and song and as Children of Peace.”

Steve, Mary and Al create and stage Song and Spirit’s retreats and outreach programs. Greg drives the Care-A-Van and delivers CarePax to the homeless in Detroit.

Visit their website at: http://www.songandspirit.org/




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