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Gateway to Religious Communities


Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and sacred spaces of all kinds dot the landscape of our region. While all religious communities aspire to be welcoming, it can be difficult for individuals to walk into an unfamiliar environment without a specific invitation. It is for this reason that the Interfaith Center launched  Gateway to Religious Communities in January 2010.

Through Gateway, members of the public can register to visit a diversity of faith communities across the Greater Philadelphia area. Participants receive a tour of each congregation, attend a worship service, and engage with members of the religious community. Each Gateway visit concludes with refreshments and opportunities for questions and answers with the religious leader.

Gateway visits have included Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Baha’i, Mormon, Lenape Nation, and Sikh communities, and are set up to encourage neighboring communities to visit one another. Gateway is proud to help open our city’s houses of worship to anyone seeking to broaden their knowledge of other faiths.

“The Imam was very warm, genuine and willing to answer questions in detail. I learned so much.”  Participant, Gateway to Religious Communities

“The Soka Gakkai congregants shared what their religion meant to them in their daily lives, so inspiring.”  Participant, Gateway to Religious Communities

“I love seeing my Gateway friends and sitting with them from month to month as we have been on this journey.”   Participant, Gateway to Religious Communities

What’s New

  • Read a reflection from Gateway to Religious Communities participant Ranwa, following her visit to Kol Tzedek synagogue in October 2011 .
  • View photos from previous Gateway visits.
  • Read about what trip participants have said about Gateway to Religious Communities.

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