Jewish Journal


December 19, 2011

Tri-Faith plans church, mosque and synagogue for same campus


Interesting story from Jaweed Kaleem about a new interfaith effort in Omaha, Neb. The organization Tri-Faith Initiative is starting to raise funds for a 35-acre campus that would have a house of worship for each of the three Abrahamic religions. This is definitely a unique approach to interfaith-community building.

Kaleem writes:

“We thought, let’s intentionally choose our neighbors,” says Vic Gutman, a spokesman for the Tri-Faith Initiative, which launched five years ago as a grassroots interfaith effort and quickly gained funding and community support among the city’s religious leaders. “We want to form a relationship between all Jews, all Muslims and all Christians.”

The group, which announced this week that each religious group had closed on land purchase deals for the interfaith campus that total $5 million, will also build a Tri-Faith Center that will have educational and social facilities for use by all the campus’ religious groups.

Gutman says the project is one of the first in the nation to intently build houses of worship of the three Abrahamic faiths next to each other. Temple Israel, an 800-family strong Reform tradition synagogue that’s the oldest and biggest Jewish house of worship in the state, has plans to open by the High Holy Days in 2013.

The church will be Episcopal, which isn’t much of a surprise. Check out a map of the planned campus and read the rest here.

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