A faith center has risen, which will bring Christians, Jews, and Muslims together. It has already been called a “churmosquagogue”.
The House of One foundation stone in Berlin will be laid during a ceremony on May 27th. This ends a decade of planning and the start of a construction that should last four years.
This building worth 47m euros, designed by Kuehn Malvezzi (a Berlin Architect), will include a church, a synagogue, and a mosque. They will all be linked to one meeting space.
Those having other faiths and those with none can attend discussions and events in the large hall. A Christian theologian that assisted in starting the project, Roland Stolte said:
The idea is pretty simple. We wanted to build a house of prayer and learning, where these three religions could co-exist while each retaining their own identity.Roland Stolte
Stolte revealed that many faith communities, as well as the public have supported this project – The faith center. Although, there were some issues. He said:
In the first few years there were some fears that we were mixing religions or trying to create a new religionRoland Stolte
He revealed that the idea to add those without faith to the plan proved to be a very important part of the project. He said:
East Berlin is a very secular place. Religious institutions have to find new language and ways to be relevant, and to make connections.Roland Stolte