On Sunday, November 16th, 3:30 – 6:00 PM the IFLC will continue our lifecycle series with a panel discussing and comparing different faiths’ traditions regarding marriage and divorce. The event will take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 26998 Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak. Cost is $10 per person. Light refreshments available.
Panelists will be:
Rabbi Jennifer Kaluzny – Jewish
Rabbi Kaluzny served Temple Israel since her ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2004. She is a proud Wolverine, having earned a degree in Judaic Studies from the University of Michigan in 1999. Rabbi Kaluzny feels lucky to be back at her home congregation. Rabbi Kaluzny shares her time at Temple Israel with the Jewish Hospice and Chaplancy Network. She has been a rabbi in the network since 2001. Rabbi Kaluzny was deeply affected by the death of her beloved Aunt in a hospice in Chicago when she was 19, and promised then that her work as a rabbi would include working with hospice patients and their families. Today, Rabbi Kaluzny helps guide Temple Israel families through the questions, decisions, and Jewish issues that might arise at the end of life. Through her work at JHCN and Temple Israel, Rabbi Kaluzny spends a great deal of time in nursing home and assisted living facilities visiting older adults and helping keep them connected to Temple Israel and the Jewish community, as well as connecting them to services in the community they might need.
Gigi Salka - Muslim
Gigi Salka is involved in many diversity initiatives. She works with local religious and teaching institutions to promote understanding among faith traditions. She has volunteered extensively in the Birmingham school district and through the Muslim Unity Center in Bloomfield Hills. As a prior WISDOM board member, Gigi has participated as a panelist on the 5W5J panel, worked on various community service projects, on board development and as Treasurer. Gigi graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a degree in Finance and Marketing. She currently works as a financial auditor as well as raising her three children to be positive contributors to their community. Gigi hopes and prays for a world full of love, peace, understanding and respect.
Rev. Deacon Kurt Godfryd – Catholic
Reverend Mr. Kurt Godfryd is a permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Detroit. Married and the father of five children, Deacon Kurt was ordained to the diaconate on October 4, 2008 by His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida and is assigned to St. Clement of Rome parish in Romeo, Michigan. He is also Business Officer for The Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Adjunct Lecturer of economics at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; and Vice Chairman of the Board at Alliance Catholic Credit Union. A native Detroiter, he was educated at the Jesuit-run University of Detroit Mercy, where he received a B.S. in finance, M.B.A., and M.A. in economics. His theological training was taken at Detroit's Sacred Heart Major Seminary, where he earned an M.A. in pastoral ministry.
Polly Mallory -The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Ms. Mallory has served for many years in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a Relief Society (women's organization) President, a counselor in a Stake (similar to a diocese) Relief Society Presidency, as a Seminary teacher for youth and a (Religion) Institute teacher for young single adults.
Polly Mallory is the Director of Family Prevention Services at LACASA, a Livingston County non-profit agency serving victims of child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. She was previously the Executive Director of the Family Resource Center and has worked extensively in home visitation services for families with young children. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked as a therapist with adults and couples.
She and her husband live in Brighton, Michigan and are the parents of four children and twelve beautiful grandchildren.