Successful Interfaith Sharing Program

June 19, 1998

Source: Chicago Tribune

On June 19, 1998, the Chicago Tribune reported that "In the fall of 1996, McNamara and other religious leaders in Palatine and the south suburb of Hazel Crest embarked on an ambitious yearlong initiatative to bring 12 different faiths closer together. Under the auspices of the Chicago-based Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, the dozen congregations paired up and shared sacred holidays, weekly services, potluck dinners, spiritual traditions and even weddings. The 200 or so participants hoped to find common ground among the disparate religions and spur dialogue at a grass-roots level. Now, more than a year and a half later, most participants are calling the exchange program a resounding success--so much so that the council's Metropolitan Chicago Interreligious Initiative kicked off a similar project in April in Hinsdale.