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, Lynne Weber, will be manning the booth at Teaneck Night Out on Tuesday, August 1 sponsored by the Central Bergen GreenFaith Circle. Atonement is a founding member of the 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 such as the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. This years’ service will be held at Trinity Lutheran on Tuesday, November 21. 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. Lynne Weber is the TIA convenor for 2017-18.
The Ecumenical Good Friday Witness was held again this year on Friday, April 14, 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. The Interfaith Women’s Initiative 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 public event: Sunday, Nov. 12, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. “Welcoming the Stranger” educational event.
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.