We imagine and long for a future in which all world religions will peacefully coexist, and we suffer under the pain of knowing that one of the greatest scandals of religion is that we too often find ourselves at war with each other. Imagining the future is a critical prophetic task of religion and all faith formation programs should have an eye on our ultimate future: the peaceful reign of God. Every once in a while, something happens that captures the future with a powerful concrete symbol. When it does, faith formation leaders can take advantage of it as a teachable moment.
The world has recently been introduced to the House of One in Berlin, Germany. The House of One is a project that will result in a worship space that is shared by the three great monotheistic religions descended from Abraham. A Jewish Rabbi, an Islamic Imam and a Lutheran Pastor… no, don’t wait for the punch line… are working together to do what the world expects religions to do… get along! The House of One will serve the distinct worship needs of each religion by including a synagogue, a church and a mosque while also providing a common space at the center where all three religions can gather along with the general public to dialogue and to learn about and from each other.
Visit www.house-of-one.org/en to explore the project. Then consider the following questions as you reflect upon this astounding vision:
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