Christians, Jews, and Muslims Worship Under Same Roof

October 30, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

October 30, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported, "twelve years ago, the Irvine United Church of Christ opened its doors--and its arms--to a small Jewish congregation in search of a home. On Sunday, the church embraced followers of another faith--Islam--perhaps marking the first time in the United States that Christians, Jews and Muslims have worshiped under one roof. During the Sunday morning service, the Rev. Fred C. Plumer introduced his congregants to the church's newest tenants in a quest for greater understanding of what it means to be 'children of one God.' The Christians greeted the Muslims with a ripple of applause that grew stronger as it swelled throughout the stark sanctuary under a geodesic dome. 'I just think it's fabulous. It's like extending the hand of Christ in love,' said Lois Johnson, a member of the Irvine church who drives from San Clemente to attend services. 'And that's what we are all about.' On Friday, a handful of Muslims who have formed the Unified Mosque of Irvine will pray to Allah in the church's multipurpose room. The members of the University Synagogue will fill the sanctuary for Sabbath services four hours later and Saturday. On Sunday, the Christians install the removable cross for services."