Join interactive and engaging vital conversations, dialogues, and community events that explore societal issues, foster interreligious and cultural understanding, and celebrate our community’s diverse tapestry.

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Experience the beauty of world religions in Greater Houston through our Brigitte and Bashar Kalai Plaza of Respect “Welcome to Our House” video series, annual Gershenson Lecture on religion, peace, and ethics, interfaith dialogues, faith leader workshops, and immersion learning experiences.

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Explore the cultural and religious diversity of Greater Houston through specially designed house of worship tours for student, corporate, faith, and community groups.  Visit some of our community’s historical cultural sites.

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Support the critical work of Interfaith Ministries and network with diverse groups of women through ticketed events, service projects, and coffee chats that foster dialogue, service, and collaboration.

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Embrace diversity, promote understanding, forge new connections, and make a difference through service as part of this programming for young professionals in Greater Houston.

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Connect with 8th graders and a parent or guardian during this five-month leadership program to build stronger interpersonal relationships, strengthen communication skills, foster a more active volunteer spirit, and help with the transition from junior high to high school.

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“Welcome to Our House” Video Series

Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Major Support Provided By:

The Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation

Additional Support Provided By:
Debbie and Floyd Kearns

The Interfaith Relations and Community Partnerships Department of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston is pleased to present “Welcome to Our House” educational videos that showcase common elements of houses of worship in different faiths. The series is sponsored by The Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation with additional support from Debbie and Floyd Kearns. These videos explore the common elements of the diverse houses of worship right here in Greater Houston. We hope these videos serve as a valuable resource for student, corporate, community, and faith groups and individuals of all backgrounds seeking to better understand our faith and culture.

Welcome to Our House Discussion Guide

Commonly Asked Questions

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston is Houston’s oldest interfaith service organization. We’ve been around since 1969 offering a variety of services, but all under the banner of “The Strength of Shared Beliefs.” We’re focused not only on helping people, but also on the way that we help people. We want to bring people together to learn, to connect, to understand, and we do much of that work across religious communities.

“Interfaith made our visits a lifelong memorable experience for our students…Greg’s proactive presence throughout the trip, even anticipating which turns might be missed by our buses, ensured that we moved all 100 middle school students on three busses efficiently and safely. He came back to school and thoroughly debriefed with our students, making sure they reflected on all the things they saw, noticed, wondered about, and learned. It was a truly complete experience.”– KIPP Houston Public Schools

“Interfaith Ministries has organized and led our yearly ‘World of Neighbors’ experience to different faith communities since 2017. Our participants have been able to learn about many different religions not only by visiting different houses of worship but also through visiting with people from these diverse faith traditions. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive; participants regularly comment on how the visits are transformative, educational, and fascinating. In a city as large and diverse as Houston, people of different faiths need to know more about their neighbors.” – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

“Thank you again for putting on Religion Beyond the Hedges last night. I can honestly say that it was one of the most meaningful events I’ve attended in my time at Rice. The fact that you were able to create an atmosphere in which students felt comfortable enough to share their personal beliefs and ask vulnerable questions was really inspiring…the work you do is so important…”  -Rice University Student after attending IRCP’s “Religion Beyond the Hedges” program as part of Rice’s Interfaith Week, January 2019

We know that helpful and relevant information about religions is sometimes hard to find, and that religion is not a conversation that our culture trains us to have in constructive ways. We know these can be uncomfortable conversations; we also know that a community with a low level of religious literacy, knowledge of basic facts and concepts about different faiths, an even worse problem. We know there are ways to learn about each other’s religions that are interesting, interactive, and thoughtful. Religion and religious beliefs are a key part of the fabric of human culture; while a unique phenomenon on its own, religion is also a place where history, philosophy, art, literature, ethics, and anthropology intersect. In other words: learning about religion is never boring, and it’s usually relevant to day-to-day life.

Good question! It sounds like a new religion, but it’s not. Interfaith, or sometimes interreligious or multireligious work, is defined by the fact that it happens when there are different religions interacting with one another. It’s more about the interaction and engagement between religious experiences. These interactions between religions, these “interfaith” interactions, happen all the time, and they need to be done well. We’re interested in the importance of people understanding not only their own religion, but others as well. While we’re looking to create a more harmonious culture, we’re not in this work for feel-good, simplistic, “kumbaya” moments. Religious understanding can be a source of more meaningful collaboration, just as misunderstandings based in religion can be the source of enmity and conflict. In other words: knowledge of other religions isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity.

We seek to engage with people that aren’t religious. Many surveys show that nearly 25% of the adult population in the United States don’t affiliate with a religious tradition (see the work of the Pew Forum). 25% is a good chunk of the American public and needs to be part of the conversation. In addition, regardless of what you think about religion, most of your neighbors most likely belong to one! That sounds like a good reason to learn more about other religions.

Our experiences have shown that learning about other religions doesn’t dilute one’s own faith. We are about education and relationship-building; indoctrination is not our work.

Interfaith Ministries is about helping people understand other religions, and what it means to be religious. Interestingly, IM is not a religious organization; we are an organization that takes the role of religion, and the role of religious communities, seriously. If you work for a non-religious/secular/government organization, that’s fine with us.

Public schools are not the places for religious instruction, indoctrination, or conversion; schools are places for education and understanding about religions. We’ve found that, when students learn more about religions, it helps put into context the learning they do in history and social studies courses. We’ve also found that the students we have taken to faith communities/houses of worship learn a great deal about their neighbors and their communities and can help become more well-rounded and informed citizens.

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