The Tri-Faith Initiative is a unique and ambitious project in the field of interfaith relations in design, scale, and scope. It brings together into permanent residency a synagogue, church, mosque, and interfaith center on one 38-acre campus in the middle of America’s heartland. By its very model it challenges people of faith and goodwill to be conscious and proactive about the assets of faith in civil life in a religiously pluralistic society. The Tri-Faith Initiative aims to create a more inclusive culture in which religious pluralism is socially normative.
The Tri-Faith Initiative is made up of three Abrahamic faith groups who have chosen to be in relationship together as neighbors on one campus, committed to practicing respect, acceptance and trust. Our three members are of the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic faiths: Temple Israel, Countryside Community Church (UCC), and The American Muslim Institute.
WHAT IS TRI-FAITH?
The Tri-Faith Initiative fosters empathy, invites understanding, and advances common action between people of diverse faiths through the shared efforts of intentionally co-located congregations of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths and an interfaith center on one campus.
We imagine and work for a world in which religious differences are seen as an asset and strength to be celebrated, where people realize the ability to overcome fear and stereotypes and embrace one another.
EMPATHETIC – We are committed to transforming lives through fostering empathy and understanding
INFORMED – We are guided by today’s leading research and scholarship and continuously assess our performance and impact
OPEN-MINDED – We are an agent for change in transcending differences and engaging all persons without regard to faith or status
JOYFUL – We believe it is important to purposefully nurture both humor and joy in our togetherness
COMMITTED – We are deeply passionate about understanding ourselves and our neighbors better and embodying that through permanent residency together on a shared campus
ENGAGED – We celebrate and foster interfaith relationships, dialogue, and action in our communities
RESPECTFUL – We act with courage and conviction from our respective faiths while we strive for generous hospitality to be our salient trademark
REVERENT – We hold space for a purpose and meaning to our lives that is greater than ourselves and expressed in our respective faiths
VISIONARY – We act with hope and faith as we work together for justice and peace in our world
INFLUENTIAL – We strive to be known as an innovative international leader in interfaith relations
“In bringing the three faiths together, each of us is making our own faith, our own belief, our own religion stronger.” – Dr. Syed Mohiuddin, AMI president