At Sharing Sacred Spaces, we use a community-building structure focusing on the vehicles of architecture and space to bring people together in a compelling, non-threatening way.
We use space as a community-building tool because space includes both built forms and their contexts. Every space contains within it some kind of belief system, some kind of value system, and some kind of communal story. Space is also physical, and one responds to being invited in, received, and welcomed with hospitality. This is a visceral phenomenon that generates lasting emotional memories of belonging.
We include “sacred” in our name because sacred means ironically both “full of presence” and “forbidden.” When we enter the world of another, we enter into different territory, and herein lies the possibility to open our eyes and see things anew. We get to see and hear beauty—sometimes sorrow—and this opens a much fuller understanding of what it is to be human. There is no other program—whether its diversity and inclusion, interfaith, intercultural—that utilizes the compelling vehicle of architecture to bring people together and through this process of discovery and deepened understanding.
Since September 11, 2001, Sharing Sacred Spaces has convened, connected, and accompanied religious congregations in building local, sustainable interreligious communities that stand the test of time and work together for peace and civic change.
The effectiveness of our process has convinced us to enter into new contexts. You will find us, in 2021, building the next generation of inclusive leaders through inter-high school cohorts and branching out into workplaces that want enhanced and sustainable results for their diversity and inclusion efforts.
I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings.
My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and peace.
We use the vehicles of architecture, education, dialogue, and hospitality to bring people together across the spectrum of difference
into model communities of caring, trust,
friendship, and action.
All people experience belonging and the power to make a difference across the shared space of our planet.
We dare to do things creatively and differently
We trust in the goodness and power of people
We stand for the inherent worth of all people
We uphold a foundation of dialogue
We strive for all people to feel safe and welcome