Phoenix is a city that has mastered the art of blending diverse cultures into its landscape. The Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park and the Japanese Friendship Garden are just a few miles from the red cliffs of Camelback Mountain. The site of the region’s first synagogue, built in 1920, became a Chinese-speaking church, and then a Spanish-speaking church, before it was established as a Jewish Heritage Center. Phoenix is home to just under 1.5 million people, and presents a striking diversity of religious centers that includes twelve Buddhist organizations, four Hindu temples, seven mosques, and two Zoroastrian groups.
The impact of interfaith groups in Phoenix is visible on the streets and highways of Arizona. The Arizona Interfaith Movement, in conjunction with the state legislature, developed specialty license plates that read: “Live the Golden Rule.” Phoenix, in addition to its connections with national interfaith organizations such as Interfaith Worker Justice, Family Promise, and Interfaith Power and Light, is home to an interfaith airport chaplaincy and a number of congregation-based efforts.