We recognize and value that our spiritual journey is shared by our sisters and brothers in Christ of all traditions, and our neighbors who follow other religious paths. We find ways of sharing that journey and building a more peaceful world through praying, learning, sharing, and reaching out to our community together. Our commitment to interreligious programs provides education, inspiration and opportunities for joint action.
Our rector, Atonement, a recognized NJ leader in environmental ministry, is a founding member of the Central Bergen GreenFaith Circle. Carol Schults, Our Vestry Chair for Environmental Ministry, attends the monthly meetings and coordinates Atonement’s participation in the Circle. Birgitta Karlén is our Co-Chair. The Circle brings congregations of varying spiritual traditions in Bergen County together to promote environmental justice and the stewardship of Creation.
Tenafly Interfaith Association (TIA) brings faith leaders from Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions together regularly to discuss current topics of mutual concern and to plan for annual events. This year Lynne Weber is the 2017-2018 TIA convenor.
We begin with a Candlelight Vigil for the Victims of the Las Vegas Shooting on Sunday, October 8 at 6:30 pm in the Peace Plaza, 100 Riveredge Rd., Tenafly.
A TIA lunch board meeting will be held at Atonement on Thursday, October 19th at 12:45 p.m.
This year’s Community Thanksgiving service will be held at Trinity Lutheran on Tuesday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. It features joint interfaith adult choir, speakers from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities, and an offering of shelf-stable food items or money which were donated to Center for Food Action. A reception follows the service.
The Ecumenical Good Friday Witness will be held again on Friday, March 30, 2017 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Atonement.
Interfaith Women’s Initiative (IWI)
Several of our members meet with Jewish and Muslim sisters several times a year for conversation, learning and direct service; each faith group takes turns hosting the monthly meetings. Atonement and Interweave began the annual Interfaith Women’s Tea in 2005. The Interfaith Women’s Initiative, which grew out of this, was formed in 2010 to:
- provide a means for dialogue among women of the Abrahamic faiths in the Bergen County area
- build bridges of friendship, understanding and cooperation; develop a framework and facilitate collaboration in areas of shared concern
- dialogue and educate each other about customs and practices of our respective faith traditions
Grounded in these traditions, future growth will lead to interaction with other interfaith groups. Ongoing monthly meetings are hosted by women of each faith group. Vestry member Fran Regan is the IWI Liaison for the Christian members and our rector Lynne Weber is a member. Next meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 7:00 p.m. Hosted by our Muslim sisters.
North Jersey Christian-Muslim Dialogue - The primary Episcopal – Muslim formal dialogue takes place through this ecumenical Christian dialogue with partners based at the Islamic Center of Passaic in Paterson.
Our rector, the Rev’d Lynne Bleich Weber, currently serves as the Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer of the Diocese of Newark. She represents the bishop and diocese in ecumenical and interfaith relationships.