Irvine Church Hosts Christian, Jewish, Muslim Worship Services

October 24, 2005

Source: Los Angeles Times,1,1663691.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

On October 24, 2005 the Los Angeles Times reported, "There's an Irvine house of worship that changes religions at least once a week. Irvine United Congregational Church sports golden crosses for Sunday morning services. Jewish High Holidays see it transformed into a sanctuary for Congregation Kol HaNeshamah, filled with Torahs, ram's horns and yarmulkes. And Friday afternoons, worshipers carefully unroll prayer rugs onto the floor of what becomes the United Mosques of Irvine... [Fifteen years ago, the Irvine United Congregational Church] opened its facility to University Synagogue, a nearby Jewish congregation that was meeting at UC Irvine's Interfaith Center but needed more room. Almost immediately, the two congregations developed a relationship much closer than landlord and tenant. To make the Jews feel welcome, church members removed an image of the Madonna and Child from the sanctuary wall and replaced it with a depiction of the Garden of Eden hung by both congregations... In 2000, the Christians and the Jews opened the doors of the church to the United Mosques of Irvine."