What is an Interfaith Center?
When Columbia was founded and designed by the Rouse Company a key principle was that all faith traditions should share space and rub shoulders together and so five interfaith centers were created. Within an interfaith center each member congregation retains all those elements that distinguish it from any other yet we also find ways to work together – serving the poor and others in need, engaging in some interfaith dialog, and gathering together at some common social activities.
The Meeting House / Oakland Mills Interfaith Center is shared by two Jewish congregations (Bet Aviv and Columbia Jewish Congregation), Columbia Baptist Fellowship, Columbia United Christian Church and St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church (us!). The Meeting House is at 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia MD 21045. The Meeting House is across the parking lot from the Food Lion and the Oakland Mills Village Center.
Wilde Lake Interfaith Center is shared by two congregations: St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic (us!) and St. John the Evangelist United Methodist / Presbyterian. Wilde Lake Interfaith Center is at 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia MD 21044. The center is adjacent to the Wilde Lake Village Center and across the parking lot from Wilde Lake High School. Our congregational offices are at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.