Interfaith

“House of One” Unites Jews, Christians, and Muslims Under One Roof

The proposed “House of One” building in Berlin, Germany. Copyright: House of One Berlin Facebook page

Jews, Christians, and Muslims all worshipping together under a single roof.

Imagine that.

This “dream scenario” will become a reality (God willing) in 2023.

The House of One project of Berlin, Germany is an inter-religious building that will include a synagogue, church, and mosque, all connected by a singular communal room.

According to the House of One website, the communal room will serve as a meeting place, where worshippers and members of the public can come together and learn more about the Abrahamic religions and each other.

Bishop Markus Dröge, an ambassador of the House of One project, told Evangelical Focus, “We want to show that faith doesn’t divide Jews, Christians, and Muslims, but instead reconciles them.”

He adds: “[Jews, Christians, and Muslims] all believe in the same God, one God. We need to leave our differences on the table and try to find what we have in common. That’s how we can learn from each other.”

The BBC wrote an article about the House of One back in 2014. Rabbi Tovia Ben Chorin told the BBC that Berlin is a highly significant location: “From my Jewish point of view the city where Jewish suffering was planned is now the city where a center is being built by the three monotheistic religions which shaped European culture.”

Kadir Sanci, an imam involved in the project, also told the BBC that the House of One is “a sign, a signal to the world that the great majority of Muslims are peaceful and not violent.”

The House of One is similar to the Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha, Nebraska and the Abrahamic Family House in Abu Dhabi.

Personally, I love the idea of creating shared spaces that physically link Jews, Christians, and Muslims populations together as a singular community.

The close proximity of the three places of worship is crucial in developing authentic relationships based on humanity, knowledge, and peace building.

The House of One will be a literal example of peaceful coexistence in a world that is in dire need of it.

What are your thoughts on the House of One and similar projects?

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