The Sanctuaries | Washington, DC


Reimagining Interfaith




The Reimagining Interfaith conference brought over 300 grassroots activists and interfaith peacebuilders together from around the world for skill-building, networking, and organizing. The convening was co-sponsored by organizations like Religions for Peace-USA, Shoulder-to-Shoulder, United Religions Initiative-North America, World Congress of Faith, the Interfaith Funders Group, the International Association for Religious Freedom, and others.

The Sanctuaries was invited to serve as the artists-in-residence for the conference, infusing it with visual, literary, and performing arts that brought themes to life in new ways. This included: (i) ritually transforming the venue into a sacred space through music, poetry, and calligraphy; (ii) educating participants about the complex racial and religious history of Washington, DC, through screenprinting; (iii) fostering different and deeper conversations between participants through storytelling and personal artistic expression.

In the words of conference organizer Rev. Eric Cherry, “The success of the conference was largely due to the skilled artistry of The Sanctuaries. Each artist brought a deeply grounded understanding of the interfaith movement, and helped the gathered community holistically engage in the essential connection between justice and faith.”


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