"We pride ourselves on celebrating not only our similarities, but also our differences," said Brian Golden, president of the Farmington Historical Society and event co-organizer. "This Tour gives us a chance to learn about those faiths that are not necessarily our own."
Four different houses of worship are on the tour, which begins at 1 p.m. at the Universalist Unitarian Church at 25301 Halsted Rd. and includes:
- Zhong Shu Temple–Michigan’s only Tao Temple–located at 23845 Middlebelt Rd.
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 33900 W. 13 Mile Rd.
- Tawheed Islamic Center, 29707 W. 10 Mile Rd. (includes a reception hosted by the Center with appetizers, sweets, and beverages)
Each tour lasts 30 minutes, with 20 minutes allotted for traveling between locations. Tour pamphlets containing maps and additional information can be found at both Farmington and Farmington Hills city halls, the Farmington Community Library Main Library and Farmington branch, and the Farmington Hills YMCA.
Pamphlets will also be available at the participating houses of worship during the event.
The Servant Church of St. Alexander has donated use of its bus to transport up to 48 people on the Houses of Worship Tour, at no cost to the passengers. People wishing to ride the bus should meet at the Costick Center, on 11 Mile Road east of Middlebelt, at 12:30 p.m. The bus will return to the Costick Center no later than 4:30 p.m.
Bus seating is limited, on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants may also drive independently to any and all of the participating houses of worship.
Afroz Khan, a member of the Tawheed Center, said, “We are honored to be a part of the Houses of Worship Tour. It is our hope that events like these will help…bring our community closer together.”
Source: Event press release