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article imageJoint Christian-Jewish-Muslim worship center planned in Berlin

By Justin King     Jun 22, 2014 in World
Berlin - The three main monotheistic religions of Europe are building a joint house of worship in central Berlin. The House of One, hopes to help unite the three religions by promoting dialogue and fostering understanding.
Each faith will maintain a separate structure in the complex, but the presence of all three religions at one site is giving many hope of opening dialogue between faiths that have sometimes been at odds in the past. Pastor Gregor Hohberg, a Protestant Christian, said
Under one roof: one synagogue, one mosque, one church. We want to use these rooms for our own traditions and prayers. And together we want to use the room in the middle for dialogue and discussion and also for people without faith.
The planned construction site is the former location of St. Petri’s Church, which dated back to the 1100s. It was heavily damaged during World War II, and then demolished by the East German government after the war.
The Islamic representative, Imam Kadir Sanci, said
When I was doing my Muslim theology studies in Frankfurt, I had seen in the neighboring town of Darmstadt, a Catholic church and a Protestant church under the same roof. I said to the priest it would be great to one day have a shared place with Muslims. But the priest told me ‘be patient, it took us 600-plus years’.
Dr. Tovia Ben-Chorin, the Rabbi, said
It is the city in which the extermination of the Jews was planned. Now, the first house in the world for three religions is to be built here.
The new building’s architecture is based on the more primitive styles of houses of worship. Before towers and minarets became synonymous with various religions, houses of worship from the various faiths maintained very similar building designs. Building the structure as currently designed will cost roughly $60 million. Donations are being accepted via the House of One website.
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