Interfaith Cincy began as a joint academic and interfaith project between the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier University and the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati Fellowship through Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. We began at a planning meeting between Judie Kuhlman, a Xavier Graduate student in Theology, and Nathan Farb, a Rabbinical Student at HUC-JIR, as well as James Buchanan of the Brueggeman Center. They set out to answer the basic question: “What is the state of interfaith activity in Cincinnati?” They soon found that no one in Cincinnati had attempted a comprehensive study of the people and organizations participating in interfaith projects. They began by interviewing many leaders and members of diverse organizations across the tri-state metro area. They found a lot of passionate individuals serving their communities through interfaith cooperation toward meeting common needs. They also found that the greater the level of cooperation, the greater the level of success. With this new knowledge in mind, they set about creating a permanent and dynamic resource to serve the interfaith community: InterfaithCincy.org.
Our goal is to seek out these groups and the services they provide, in order to enable them to expand their capacity. The website provides a communication network for individuals to share success stories and their best ideas. We use our academic resources to objectively represent the variety of organizations that we have encountered in a growing directory.
In keeping with our scholarly roots, InterfaithCincy.org is also an educational tool designed to strengthen interfaith dialogue.