Wednesday to Friday, July 25-27, 2012
Join our first 3-Day Faith House Immersion this summer! Abrahamic Manhattan will include visits to three different Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities in Manhattan, providing a rich sampling of Abrahamic diversity in NYC.
Imagine walking the streets of New York City! But instead of trotting beaten tourists paths, you are entering its real and pulsing religious life sideways. You are immersed in authentic, colorful, and welcoming spiritual communities with some of the city’s most profound guides and teachers.
We at Faith House have worked for 4 years to discover the treasures that this most-religiously-diverse city on the planet hides and have developed relationships to be able to take you through 3 days of prayer, insight, surprises, music, dance, food, and friends that can only come to those willing to experience their neighbors’ faith. Or, you can just be present, and hold back, ask difficult questions, or offer the wisdom and experience that you bring. Either way, that song, that scent, that conversation will renew your life like a breeze of fresh air or like a strong wind, and you will find your own faith deepened.
Thursday – Wall Street and Downtown
A day full of heart shifting and mind-bending experiences: “Ways We Worship: Jewish Practice” encounter at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, religious locations near the World Trade Center, and a late-night Ramadan Zikr at Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order!
Friday – Upper West Side and Harlem
Breakfast at Samir’s, Jooma Prayers in Harlem, visit an Upper West Side synagogue and conversation with a leading Rabbi, experience the largest cathedral in the USA, St. John Divine, then a paradigm shifting experience of Shabbat with Romemu, a Jewish Renewal Community! (End at 10pm)
Cost – $280
The registration fee covers meals and refreshments, contributions to the communities we will visit, and organizing overhead. Hotel deals for participants for Wednesday through Friday nights will be available. Participants will be responsible for transportation, a metro card, and lodging. We are working on arranging hotels for less than $150/night. Meals include: three dinners, two breakfasts, and two lunches, plus snacks, reflecting the diversity of food in Manhattan, including Kosher, Middle Eastern, and other ethnic cuisines.
Apply Online – Only 15 Spots!
If you are interested, please fill out this short online application. Applications will be considered as received and your spot will be secured with full payment.
Interested, but can’t make this trip? Let us know, and we’ll keep you up to date about future opportunities. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Samir Selmanovic, founder of Faith House Manhattan, is a visionary of religious pluralism, focuses on the multi-layered concept of “the other,” leading engagement on issues from the Ground Zero Mosque to Occupy Wall Street. Bowie Snodgrass has a strong history in organizing for the Episcopal Church, and has developed relationships with religious leaders around the city. Over the past four years, Selmanovic and Snodgrass have organized more than 100 experiential interfaith events in New York City, partnering with local religious leaders and communities to create “Living Room” gatherings, field trips, service opportunities, and special events.
Original Watercolor in Street Scene by Bill Papas