The ICP program, previously called Sharing Sacred Spaces, was created in partnership with the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions by Sacred Space Ambassador Suzanne Morgan and Reverend Dirk Ficca. The program was designed to engage religious diversity and widen participation in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Fall of 2011 through May 2012, eight places of worship in downtown Chicago opened up their doors to extend hospitality to visitrs from other congregations as well as the general public.
The participating congregations included:
Midwest Buddhist Temple
The Fourth Presbyterian Church
St. James Episcopal Cathedral
Chicago Sinai Congregation
First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple
Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist
Old St. Patrick's Church
Downtown Islamic Center
At the end of May, all the communities came together to celebrate their newly found friendships and signed a Pledge of Solidarity to commit themselves to one another.
The newly formed interreligious community decided to address the issue of violence in the city. They came together to gain a better understanding of how each other faiths understood violence and justice. Since the conclusion of the program, the group has reunited several times and the bonds of friendship have remained strong.