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What does The Interchurch Center do?
The Interchurch Center is a unique venue which houses offices of various Christian churches, world religions, ecumenical and interreligious institutes, as well as missionary, charitable, social service and educational organizations. As a symbol of growing Christian unity and interfaith relations, the Center promotes cooperation among these bodies and visitors by providing a stimulating environment with art displays and exhibits, music programs and worship services. Facilities include a chapel, library, conference rooms, dining room, café and other common space.
Whom is The Interchurch Center Affiliated with?
The Interchurch Center is affiliated primarily with its tenant agencies, many with which it co-sponsors events and programs. This affiliation also extends to institutions and individuals outside the building, as already suggested in FAQ 1 above. In particular The Center is affiliated with the Morningside Heights community, its houses of worship, its educational and cultural institutions and their social outreach.
Does Interchurch mean Interfaith?
No. The term ‘interchurch’ is intra-Christian; that is, it refers to Christian relations. It refers to relations between and among churches, which are represented by their members who speak on their behalf. Broadly speaking, the term ‘interchurch’ means ‘ecumenical’. The term ‘interfaith’ refers to relations between and among religions; that is, between and among the world’s living faiths and religious traditions. Broadly speaking, the term ‘interfaith’ is interchangeable with the term ‘interreligious’. ‘Interreligious’ is preferred by some religious bodies which describe their self-understanding in terms of a religious tradition or a religious philosophy rather than a religion or a faith.