June 2017 I will travel to Berlin as part of my campaign to raise funds for The House of One
The unique architecture of the House of One honors and celebrates the mutual common ground of the Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Each religion will have its own separate worship site within the structure, with a common area connecting them for education, mutual celebrations and encounters.
I have a registered campaign to raise funds for The House of One. https://house-of-one.org/en/node/11721
My campaign began with plans to donate the sale of prints of my Paintings of the Jewish Wedding. I hope to revise it soon to offer prints of three of my paintings that celebrate the Al-Andalus Renaissance that emerged from the fruitful commingling of Christians, Jews and Muslims in Medieval Spain.
My trip to Berlin will include a visit to gift to the House of One a beautiful full size print on fabric of my fused glass art, Pillar with Wings. Wilfred Kuehn of the German architectural firm Kuehn Malvezzi won the competition for the design. The architects promote funding for the House of One with events in which the portable interfaith art could be used. It can be easily packaged and transported to display at various sites.
As an Interfaith Artist, the House of One is close to my heart. It is my hope that, when the building is completed, my fused glass triptych, The Wilderness Journey, will find a home there.
Utne Reader article about the House of One
Utne Reader 8/12/2014 Coexistence in Berlin by Katie Moore
“The House of One will provide a space for prayer and dialogue between the world’s religions.
Many of the world’s disagreements and conflicts can be attributed to religion. But in Berlin, one site’s construction is hoping to create a bridge of understanding and dialogue between different faiths. The idea for the House of One began in 2009 when St. Peter’s Church was undergoing excavation after having been destroyed during WWII. The Protestant community recognized that there was not enough need for another church while also noticing the lack of spaces for local Jews and Muslims. A collaboration between a pastor, a rabbi, and an imam put into motion the tri-faith place of worship. Markus Dröge a Protestant bishop commented, “We can see all over the world that faith can divide people. We want to show that faith doesn’t divide Jews, Christians, and Muslims, but instead reconciles them.”
A competition for the design of the building was opened in 2012. Architect Wilfried Kuehn, won with his plan for separate rooms for each religion and a central area connecting the spaces. Each of the three rooms are the same size but feature different elements like an organ in the church and a foot washing area in the mosque.”
The Three Religious Leaders
Greg Holberg, Lutheran Pastor, Rabbi Tovia Ben Chorin, Imam Kadir Sanci
The architectural design has three stages, each stage able to be used as completed.
The first stage construction phase will require 10 million Euros. As of March 20 2012, the amount available is 5,300.100 Euro.
The estimated cost to complete the project is 58.6 Million Euros.
The three Religious Leaders hold bricks that represent donations. Anyone is invited to donate a brick for 10 Euro. https://house-of-one.org/en/donate