Our Mission:


The Troy-area Interfaith Group exists to invite all faith communities to gather, grow and give for the sake of promoting the common values of love, peace and justice among all religions locally and globally.  We believe that peace among peoples and nations requires peace among the religions.


Our History:

 

1952

  • US Congress proclaims National Day of Prayer for Americans of all faiths to come together in prayer (first National Day of Prayer was in 1775, but no law existed until 1952).

1983

  • President Ronald Reagan issued a Proclamation declaring “the National Day of Prayer has become a great unifying force for our citizens who come from all the great religions of the world. Prayer unites people. This common expression of reverence heals and brings us together as a Nation and we pray it may one day bring renewed respect for God to all the peoples of the world.

1988

  • The law was amended so that the National Day of Prayer would be held on the first Thursday of May. Two stated intentions of the National Day of Prayer were that it would be a day when adherents of all great religions could unite in prayer and that it may one day bring renewed respect for God to all the peoples of the world.

1995 - 2004

  • National Day of Prayer is officially proclaimed by City of Troy. The event is organized by “National Day of Prayer Task Force”, a national Christian organization

2004 May

  • Padma Kuppa (PK) approaches organizer of National Day of Prayer event and is denied participation.
  • PK contacts City Council, Mayor invites PK to recite Hindu prayer during her opening remarks.

2005 Feb

  • PK approaches National Day of Prayer Task Force Coordinator to participate in 2005 NDP Celebration.

2005 March

  • National Day of Prayer Task Force Coordinator requests City to proclaim "National Day of Prayer-Christian Observance". 
  • Controversy surrounds issue, as City is threatened with lawsuits for violation of 1st Amendment.

  • Troy Interfaith Group (TIG) is formed.

2005 April

  • National Day of Prayer Task Force threatens lawsuit for right to use steps of City Hall.
  • Because four Council members support the right of the NDP Task Force to use City Hall, Council passes resolution to allow Veteran's Plaza to be a public forum.
  • Northminster Presbyterian Church offers to host first Troy Interfaith Group National Day of Prayer Service on 05/05/05.

2005 May

  • “National Day of Prayer Task Force” has a Christian-only National Day of Prayer event on steps of Troy City Hall – not supported by City of Troy in an official way, but with some city council members in attendance.
  • Troy Interfaith Group National Day of Prayer Celebration at Troy's Northminster Presbyterian Church has attendance of over 250 (standing room only) – with collections from event given to Troy People Concerned.  Mayor speaks at event and is threatened with a recall petition (which later fails).

2005 June-Dec

  • Dedication of Tree of Peace - also the Michigan State Tree, a White Pine, famous with Native Americans who "buried the hatchet" under the tree's roots; ribbons painted with the Golden Rule from different faiths were tied to the Tree to celebrate Troy's 50th anniversary.
  • TIG International Day of Peace Celebration at the Bharatiya Temple on Sept. 21.
  • TIG Thanksgiving Celebration at Northminster Presbyterian on Nov. 20.

2006

  • TIG is a silver sponsor of City of Troy and Troy School District MLK Event in January. 
  • TIG National Day of Prayer Celebration on May 4, 2006 at St. Anastasia Roman Catholic Church. 
  • TIG launches website - www.troyinterfaithgroup.org - with initiative from Big Beaver United Methodist member. 
  • TIG International Day of Peace Celebration at Islamic Association of Greater Detroit Mosque.
  • TIG Thanksgiving Celebration at Big Beaver United Methodist Church on Nov. 19.

2007

  • TIG is a silver sponsor of City of Troy and Troy School District MLK Event in January.
  • TIG National Day of Prayer Celebration at Troy First United Methodist Church in May 2007.
  • TIG International Day of Peace Celebration at St Elizabeth Ann Seton RC Church on Sept. 21.
  • TIG Thanksgiving Celebration at St Stephen's Episcopal Church.
  • TIG is the subject of a Case-Study at Harvard’s Pluralism Project.
  • Northminster Presbyterian Church presents plan to build a Community Interfaith Labyrinth to honor their commitment to a tolerant and accepting community, TIG's other Houses of Worship support initiative.

2008

  • TIG is a silver sponsor of City of Troy and Troy School District MLK Event in January.
  • TIG National Day of Prayer Celebration on May 2, 2008 at Congregation Shir Tikvah.
  • Community Interfaith Labyrinth groundbreaking at Northminster Presbyterian Church in April leads to construction and dedication on June 1, 2008.
  • TIG participates in June Habitat for Humanity Pontiac Blitz Build.
  • TIG International Day of Peace Celebration at Central Woodward Christian Church on Sept. 21.
  • TIG Thanksgiving Celebration at Islamic Association of Greater Detroit on Nov. 23.

2009

  • TIG is a silver sponsor of City of Troy and Troy School District MLK Event in January.
  • TIG National Day of Prayer Celebration on Thursday, May 7, at 7 pm.
  • TIG participates in Habitat for Humanity Pontiac Blitz Build.
  • TIG International. Day of Peace Celebration on Sunday Sept. 20 – a Peace Picnic at Community Interfaith Labyrinth.
  • TIG Thanksgiving Celebration on Sunday Nov. 22, 2009 at 7 pm.

2010

  • TIG is silver sponsor of City of Troy and Troy School District MLK event, Jan.
  • TIG National Day of Prayer Celebration, May 6 at First Presbyterian Church of Troy.
  • TIG providing a meal at Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build, June.
  • TIG International Day of Peace, Sept. 19, Islamic Association of Greater Detroit.
  • TIG Thanksgiving Celebration on Sunday, Nov. 21 at Bharitiya Temple.

2011

  • TIG is silver sponsor of City of Troy and Troy Schools MLK event, Jan.
  • TIG National Day of Prayer, May 5 at Troy First Methodist.
  • TIG provides meal at Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build, June.
  • TIG International Day of Peace event not held this year, as our members instead attend the 9/11 10th-year commemoration at St. Anastasia Catholic Church. Clergy from most faith traditions in Troy participated.
  • TIG Thanksgiving Event, Nov. 20 at the Troy Community Center.

2012

  • TIG is silver sponsor of City of Troy and Troy Schools MLK event, Jan.
  • TIG National Day of Prayer, May 3 at Congregation Shir Tikvah.
  • TIG joined Rippling Hope for an Interfaith Workday in Detroit.
  • TIG participates in Habitat for Humanity Pontiac Blitz Build.
  • TIG International Day of Peace, Sept. 23 at Islamic Association of Greater Detroit.
  • TIG Thanksgiving Event, Nov. 28 at Sikh Gurdwara of Rochester Hills.
  • TIG was presented with the Michigan Education Association David McMahon Human Rights Award.

2013

  • TIG is silver sponsor of City of Troy and Troy Schools MLK event, Jan.
  • TIG supported the World Sabbath of Religious Reconciliation, Jan 27, Bharatiya Temple.
  • TIG National Day of Prayer, May 2 St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.
  • TIG joined Rippling Hope for an Interfaith Workday in Detroit.
  • TIG International Day of Peace, Sept. 20, Hope United Methodist Church.
  • TIG Thanksgiving Event, Nov. 24 at the Bharatiya Temple.
  • TIG was presented the InterFaith Leadership Council Civic Contribution Award. 

2014

  • TIG is silver sponsor of City of Troy and Troy Schools MLK event, Jan.
  • TIG supported the World Sabbath of Religious Reconciliation, Jan 26, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church of Detroit.
  • TIG National Day of Prayer, May 1 St. Anastasia Roman Catholic Church.
  • TIG supported the Troy Community Coalition annual Prayer Breakfast, May 2 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Troy.
  • TIG joined Rippling Hope for an Interfaith Workday in Detroit.
  • TIG supported the NAIN (North American Interfaith Network) Conference at WSU.
  • TIG International Day of Peace, Sept. 21 at Northminster Presbyterian Church.
  • TIG Thanksgiving Event, Nov. 23 at Big Beaver United Methodist Church.

2015

  • January 5 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Refugees and Immigrants, a presentation on the history, trends, social and psychological impact, issues, needs, services, and opportunities for these two distinct groups, with a local, national, and global perspective. Presented by Wisam W. Brikho, MS, Refugee Student Coordinator, Oakland Schools.
  • March 2 at First United Methodist Church of Troy. Religious Diversity Journeys and Face to Faith, a presentation on interfaith exploration programs offered to area middle and high school students. Presented by Program Director Meredith Skowronski of the Interfaith Leadership Council.
  • April 13 at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. Christians in the Middle East, a discussion of history, traditions and issues, with a specific look at the Antiochian Church, presented by Father Joseph Antypas. Dinner and program.
  • May 7 at Northminster Presbyterian Church. National Day of Prayer Service, an evening of interfaith prayer, music, reflection, and fellowship.
  • May 8, TIG was a table sponsor of Troy Community Coalition Prayer Breakfast at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.
  • June 7 at Arab American National Museum, Dearborn. A guided tour of this museum, devoted to Arab American history and culture.
  • September 14 at City of Troy Boulan Park. Troy-area Interfaith Group 10-Year Anniversary and International Day of Peace Celebration, with peace reflections, refreshments, and fellowship.
  • October 5 at Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation. The Value of Interfaith Experiences: Learning from Each Other While Strengthening Your Own Faith. Presented by Rev. Hafidha Saadiqah, Minister, Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation.
  • November 2 at Brahma Kumaris, Farmington Hills. Diwali, Festival of Lights, a program to learn about the biggest of Hindu celebrations and the history and customs of this holiday. Traditional Diwali refreshments provided.
  • November 22 at Islamic Association of Greater Detroit, Rochester Hills. Annual Thanksgiving Celebration. Representatives of many faiths share prayer, readings, music, and fellowship.
  • December 7 at 2Booli Mediterranean Restaurant. Food, Faith, and Friends Interfaith Dinner, a sit-dinner while enjoying the casual company and conversation of individuals from different faith communities.

2016

  • January 4, Big Beaver United Methodist Church, 3753 John R Road, Troy. Faith, Caring, and Volunteering: Preparing a Meal for Welcome Inn. Meals shared with guests at the Welcome Inn Day Center, a warming shelter for homeless individuals. Pastor David Huseltine leads discussion about the integral nature of faith and caring for our neighbors.
  • February 1, Central Woodward Christian Church, 3955 West Big Beaver Road, Troy. Exploring Islamic Sects: Histories, Faiths, and Traditions. Wayne State University Professor Saeed Khan provides an overview and leads the discussion.
  • March 7, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 5500 N. Adams Road, Troy. Expressing Faith through Music and Poetry. Representatives of different faiths share and demonstrate how their faith is expressed and shared through music and poetry.
  • April 11, Congregation Shir Tikvah, 3900 Northfield Parkway, Troy. Exploring Jewish Movements: Histories, Faiths, and Traditions. Rabbi Arnie Sleutelberg provides an overview and leads the discussion.
  • May 5, Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4230 Livernois Road, Troy. National Day of Prayer, a special community evening of interfaith prayer, music, reflection, and fellowship.
  • May 6, TIG was a table sponsor at the Troy Community Coalition Prayer Breakfast at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Troy.