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August 12, 2016 6:03 pm

Jerusalem Interfaith Event to Bring Together Leaders of Abrahamic Faiths

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Religious symbols of three of the monotheistic religions. A new interfaith gathering will take place in Jerusalem in September. Photo: AnonMoos via Wikimedia Commons.

Religious symbols of three of the monotheistic religions. A new interfaith gathering will take place in Jerusalem in September. Photo: AnonMoos via Wikimedia Commons. – A new interfaith and spiritual gathering of Christians, Jews and Muslims will take place in Jerusalem this September.

“Amen-A House of Prayer For All Believers,” part of the 2016 Mekudeshet Festival from September 4-23, is an initiative created by the Jerusalem Season of Culture, an annual festival in Jerusalem, to bring together the world’s three major faiths “who share a belief in one God and a boundless love for Jerusalem to dialogue, study, sing and pray together in one temporary house of worship,” said a press release.

Artists, actors, musicians and media figures from around the world are expected to participate in the event.

“We will study, argue — yes, this is also allowed — and pray — together and alone. We will see if it is possible, despite all the corporeal difficulties and earthly obstacles, to create a new reality,” said Mekudeshet Artistic Director Itay Mautner.

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For a month, representatives from all three religions will offer a series of discussions at the Jerusalem Music Center, with options to pray three different times per day in Arabic, Hebrew and Coptic.

“It is nothing short of a miracle that between four walls, we will inaugurate a temporary home for the three religions that share Jerusalem and for all those who wish to dwell under the wings of the Almighty,” said Mautner.

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  • Mike Durand

    Let the deception and creation of the one world religion begin. Matthew 24:3-5 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

    4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.

  • Chris Stengel

    Do you find it ironic that they are trying to unite based on the one thing they have in common, which is love for the highest Almighty God, and yet none of the leaders will use his actual name from the scriptures, which is Jehovah?

    Ps. 83:18 King James Version – “That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.”

    If they cannot use his actual name, how can Ps. 83:18 ever be fulfilled?

    • Chris

      I believe different religions may know him by different names because of different scriptures. I know GOD, some know YHWH, some know JEHOVAH etc… Those who have received the Lord, have received the same one even if known by a different name.

  • Jay Lavine

    The people who will participate in such an event already know how to get along with other people. It’s the people who won’t participate who are the problem. Nevertheless, you need role models so that others can follow.

    I send a hearty chizuk to the organizers and wish them hatzlacha in this very significant endeavor. It hearkens back to the time of Rambam when intellectuals of these three religions also engaged in philosophical discourse. As we all know, Rambam wrote his great philosophic work, Guide for the Perplexed, in Arabic: دلالة الحائرين