BFnews: The Cathedral is planning an interfaith service in place of its regular Holy Eucharist service to be held on Sunday, June 26, at 11:15 am.
In addition to the National Cathedral, more than 50 churches in 26 states have committed to participating, which was announced in a press conference call this morning with Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III; the Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, president of Interfaith Alliance; and Tad Stahnke, director of policy and programs at Human Rights First.
Faith Shared is designed to reflect the mutual respect shared among many Muslims, Christians, Jews, and other Americans as they stand together against negative images that have dominated domestic and international news. At its core, this project will bring together Christian, Jewish, and Muslim clergy to read from and hear from each other’s sacred texts. In doing so, they will celebrate the American commitment to freedom of religion and serve as a model for respect and cooperation, building and strengthening ties between faith communities. Learn more at www.faithshared.org.
Dean Lloyd said: It is as urgent a cause as I can imagine that we work to bring religions together to help claim the higher ground with each other, to hold up compassion and social justice, and to become a common voice in addressing the great problems in our world. I see one dimension of Faith Shared to be both a call for tolerance, respect, and understanding, and also a fresh affirmation that we from different religions are called to partner in creating a more peaceful and more just world.
Washington National Cathedral is a church for national purposes called to embody God’s love and to welcome people of all faiths and perspectives. A unique blend of the spiritual and the civic, this Episcopal cathedral is a voice for generous-spirited Christianity and a catalyst for reconciliation and interfaith dialogue to promote respect and understanding.