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Ecumenical and Interfaith

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.  Atonement has helped lead the way in this area since 1965 when its unique ecumenical-interfaith Chapel was built.

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.  Each year we hold a Community Thanksgiving service (this year on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7:30 pm at Trinity Lutheran), an Ecumenical Good Friday Witness, interfaith vigils ad other events.  In 2024, the TIA will offer a program on educational and racial equality in New Jersey.

Interfaith Brotherhood-Sisterhood Committee of Bergen County has brought people of faith together in our county for over 30 years.  Lynne Weber is on the board.  the Committee hosts an annual interfaith brunch (usually on President's Day in February), and other programs for interfaith education and prayer.

Interfaith Woman's Initiative - 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 

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 and Convener for the New Jersey Ecumenical Officers.  She represents the bishop and diocese in ecumenical and interfaith relationships.

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