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The Interfaith Center of New York seeks to make New York City and the world safe for religious difference by increasing respect and mutual understanding among people of different faith, ethnic, and cultural traditions and by fostering cooperation among religious communities and civic organizations to solve common social problems.
Since its founding in 1997 as a secular, educational 501(c)(3) organization, ICNY has joined with religious leaders, activists, artists, educators, media and business professionals, and other nonprofit organizations, to work together to make New York a nationally and internationally recognized model for mutual understanding and cooperation among faiths. ICNY carries out its mission by bringing together religious leaders and their communities, along with secular constituencies, to learn about each other and work together on shared social concerns. This methodology is driven by ICNY's network of over 1,000 religious leaders, from the diverse Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, Native American, Sikh, Afro-Caribbean, Shinto, and Zoroastrian traditions, who with the help of ICNY, reflect upon, educate, and mobilize their communities.
ICNY recognizes the power of religious diversity to build communities and strengthen ties between civic organizations and religious communities that can further help these communities thrive. Through our programs, events and seminars, our goal is to help people of different religious traditions understand and benefit from each other.
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