to the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, there are more than 550
"interfaith centers" in the United States—many of which have begun
since 9/11—dedicated to combining various faiths in the same house of
worship. "I wanted to build a church where Christians are not in
charge," says one Seventh-day Adventist pastor who leads the Faith
House Manhattan in New York. "We wanted to include all the people who
have a right to belong and be partners in the discussion, not as
outsiders that need to be converted, but as insiders that we need to be
interdependent with." Not surprisingly, many interfaith centers are
particularly attractive to women. "Interfaith organizations provide
opportunities for women's leadership in a way that oftentimes the
religious traditions themselves do not, simply because those positions
do not need to be sanctioned by any religious head or body," explains
Pluralism Project spokeswoman Kathryn Lohre. [Religion News Service,
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