Let’s meet up! Join the Troy Historical Society in visiting diverse places of worship. We’ll hear the history of these congregations and see the beautiful and unique architecture of their buildings.

Wednesday June 19, 7:30 pm: Dharma Gate Zen Center

360 East Maple Road, Suite K, Troy (in the Maplewood Court Industrial Park)

Visit Dharma Gate, a contemporary Zen Buddhist Center, that has roots in traditional Korean and Japanese Zen practices, and is geared toward a Western audience. We’ll tour the Zendo, which is the main room for gatherings and teachings, and see the traditional altar space and zafu/zabuton meditation areas. This tour will be hosted by Hoden Sunim, Abbot of the Center and Buddhist Monk, who will give a short talk and answer participant questions about the practice of Zen and Buddhism in general.

Saturday July 20, 7:00 pm: Song & Spirit Interfaith

1717 13 Mile Road, Royal Oak (Starr Presbyterian Church)

Song & Spirit Institute for Peace has developed a unique interfaith worship service called Sabbath2Sabbath. This hour-long observance starts with a traditional Jewish Havdalah service and concludes with a Christian Sabbath. A special candle-lighting ceremony marks the transition in between. This month, Song & Spirit invites the Village’s Place of Worship tour attendees to visit during this special service of song and ritual.

Wednesday August 21, 7:30 pm: Christ Church Cranbrook

470 Church Road, Bloomfield Hills

Built in 1928, Christ Church Cranbrook is on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally part of the George and Ellen Booth estate in Bloomfield Hills, this beautiful church became a freestanding Episcopal congregation in 1973, and is filled with historic art created by woodcarver John Kirchmayer, silversmith Arthur Nevill, stained glass designer G. Owen Bonawit, sculptor Lee Lawrie, and fresco painter Katherine McEwen.

Advance registration required, call 248-524-3570. Price: $7/Troy Historical Society Members; $8/Non-members.  Space is limited!

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