Church, Synagogue, Mosque to Share One 'House'
Berlin project will cater to Christians, Jews, and Muslims
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2014 4:30 PM CDT
A design for House of One.   (HouseofOne.org)

(Newser) – A pastor, a rabbi, and an imam walk onto an empty lot, and ... bury their shoes. Why? Because they plan to build what may be the world's first interfaith facility with separate houses of worship for Christians, Jews, and Muslims, the BBC reports. Dubbed the "House of One," the downtown Berlin project will include separate designs for each building—with an organ in the church, a foot-washing area in the mosque, and two levels in the mosque and the synagogue (but just one in the church). It will also offer shared space where worshipers can mingle and contemplate, notes the Independent. So can they all get along? "We can," said Rabbi Tovia Ben Chorin, one of the leaders involved.

"That there are people within each group who can't is our problem but you have to start somewhere and that's what we are doing," he added. They've already found an architect and launched a crowd-funding campaign; construction will start once $10 million is in the bank, Haaretz reports. The site once housed St Petri's Church, Berlin's first, which was built in the 12th century and destroyed by invading Russians during World War II. When archaeologists discovered an ancient graveyard there 6 years ago, it led to talk of a new place of worship and eventually the "House of One." Says Im am Kadir Sanci, the project's Muslim leader: "We want our children to have a future in which diversity is the norm."

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JohnStefanyszyn
Jun 23, 2014 8:44 PM CDT
"House of One" ...what is the 'one' way that this building of many different religions represent? Is it not the belief in FREEDOM...freedom of all religions, freedom of self-rights? And this FREEDOM dictates that it is RIGHT (a right) to be free to worship ANY 'god'. The words of the Apostle Paul are true, for the Lord Christ Jesus said that we are to worship Only the One Lord Creator and Him Alone to serve in obedience and love...love for Him and love for the fellowman. But man says instead that his way is right, that his religions are right, and that the One Way of the One Who gives existence to all that exists is not right....but the Creator replied that is it not His Way that is Right and Good and not man's? Soon , very soon, the Lord and King Jesus Christ will return to rule the earth in power according to the Will of the One Creator and NOT according to man's first love for "his self-freedom", for his desire to serve and magnify oneself (XES). ....and there will not be any "freedom to worship ANY 'god'....for there is no other.
dann0
Jun 23, 2014 1:01 PM CDT
Now, if only someone could get them to split and actually pay property taxes.
baldpirate
Jun 23, 2014 11:17 AM CDT
.......One Nation, Under God...............