Gateway to Religious Communities
Faith & Spirituality
Gateway to Religious Communities is a series coordinated by Interfaith Philadelphia where local congregations and religious communities open their doors to the public to share their faith tradition with curious visitors.
At these events you are able to:
Visit area congregations for worship services
Meet members from a variety of faith & belief communities
Ask questions – opportunity for dialogue with community leader and members
Expand your faith experiences
All events are FREE and open to the public.
Why You Should Join Us
Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and sacred spaces of all kinds dot the landscape of our region. While all religious communities aspire to be welcoming, it can be difficult for individuals to walk into an unfamiliar environment without a specific invitation. It is for this reason that the Interfaith Center launched Gateway to Religious Communities in January 2010.
Through this series, members of the public can register to visit a diversity of faith communities across the Greater Philadelphia area. Participants receive a tour of each congregation, attend a worship service, and engage with members of the religious community. Each Gateway visit concludes with refreshments and opportunities for questions and answers with the religious leader.
Gateway visits have included Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Baha’i, Mormon, Lenape Nation, and Sikh communities, and are set up to encourage neighboring communities to visit one another. Gateway to Religious Communities is proud to help open our city’s houses of worship to anyone seeking to broaden their knowledge of other faiths.