Why these three groups?
All three partners were looking to build new houses of worship in West Omaha. All have a commitment to interfaith relations and cooperation. We believe that we are being led by our God to continue the journey started by Abraham and that we are all called to be a blessing to each other and our community.
Why not include the other great world religions on the Tri-Faith Initiative Commons?
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam share a monotheistic belief system. Our traditions have many names for God and use several languages for our sacred texts, but we share a belief in the God of Abraham.
While the Tri-Faith partners share an Abrahamic faith, we invite and encourage people of all religions to visit and interact on our commons.
Are you trying to invent some new combined religion?
No. In fact, it’s just the opposite. We have learned that people who engage in interfaith dialogue tend to become even more committed to their own faith tradition and more engaged in their own congregations. Those of us who have participated in the Tri-Faith Initiative have experienced this firsthand.
Who can visit the Tri-Faith Commons?
Anyone! All Tri-Faith Initiative programs and spaces are open to all people. We only ask that visitors abide by our Memorandum of Understanding, which states there will be no proselytizing on the campus; all people are to be treated with respect—and all beliefs will be respected, too.
We hope for our commons to be a place where people can feel comfortable and safe sharing their personal faith journey with others. We encourage you to bring a respectful curiosity about the other traditions, too.
Who is funding this project?
100% of all funds raised for the Tri-Faith Initiative have come from Omaha community members and local philanthropic foundations.
We are still raising funds to build the Tri-Faith Center and depend on contributions from people like you. We appreciate any financial support you can offer and have made it easy to make a tax deductible gift online.
Who runs the Tri-Faith Initiative?
The Tri-Faith Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are governed by a local board of directors consisting of representatives from each faith partner and three additional community representatives. The board is comprised entirely of Omaha area leaders with long track records of participation in other community activities.
What is the construction timeline
for the Tri-Faith Commons?
Temple Israel completed construction of its new synagogue in 2013.
The American Muslim Institute has secured funding for the construction of a mosque and Islamic center and broke ground in late 2015. They anticipate opening in spring 2017.
Countryside Community Church United Church of Christ continues with the planning and design process for becoming the Christian presence on the Tri-Faith Commons. They anticipate an opening of their new church in 2018.
The Tri-Faith Center will be the last building to open on the commons, and is anticipated to be completed in 2019.
Tri-Faith Initiative is already sponsoring activities including speaking engagements, a children’s program, shared holidays between congregations, an annual picnic, and others.
How can I get involved?
There are lots of ways! Here are just a few:
- Participate actively in your own faith group and encourage your own community to engage in interfaith cooperation and education. Be an ambassador for the Tri-Faith Initiative.
- Invite our speakers to make a presentation at your church, synagogue, mosque, civic or community group, or school.
- Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Please feel free to request to be on our media advisory list.
- Link to our website from yours. Blog and talk about the Tri-Faith Initiative online.
- Tell us about your special gifts and talents that you can offer to the Tri-Faith Initiative. This project is moving forward because of the commitment of many dedicated volunteers. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Offer your financial support for our programs and toward building our shared
Tri-Faith Center. Click here to make a donation.