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As Part of Global Initiative to Promote Peace, Higher Committee of Human Fraternity Unveils Design for the Abrahamic Family House
NEW YORK, September 21, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity has come together for a global 
gathering at the New York Public Library in which they shared with stakeholders 
their mission to progress a culture of mutual respect and dialogue across all 
backgrounds, beliefs and nationalities. 

The new body is empowered to provide guidance and counsel on realizing the 
goals of the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together 
signed by His Holiness Pope Francis of the Catholic Church and the Grand Imam 
of al-Azhar, His Eminence Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, in Abu Dhabi, the capital of 
the United Arab Emirates (UAE), during the Papal visit in February this year.

Following the Higher Committee's inaugural meeting at the Vatican earlier this 
month, the New York gathering was the second time the Higher Committee has met 
in two weeks, marking the start of a bold and collaborative journey to explore 
how people of goodwill across all faiths can create mutual understanding and 
global peace.  

One of the first projects the Higher Committee will help guide is the Abrahamic 
Family House, to be located on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the 
United Arab Emirates. A reflection of the Document on Human Fraternity, a 
church, mosque and synagogue will share a collective space for the first time, 
serving as a community for inter-religious dialogue and exchange, and nurturing 
the values of peaceful co-existence and acceptance among different beliefs, 
nationalities and cultures. 

The design of the Abrahamic Family House, by the award-wining and 
globally-renowned architect, Sir David Adjaye OBE, was unveiled at the New York 

Reflecting on this historic initiative, His Eminence Elect Miguel Ángel Ayuso 
Guixot, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and 
Higher Committee member, said: "This endeavor is a profoundly moving moment for 
humanity. Although sadly evil, hatred, and division often make news, there is a 
hidden sea of goodness that is growing and leads us to hope in dialogue, 
reciprocal knowledge and the possibility of building – together with the 
followers of other religions and all men and women of good will – a world of 
fraternity and peace. I would like to thank the UAE for the concrete commitment 
shown on behalf of human fraternity."

Commenting on the occasion, Judge Mohamed Mahmoud Abdel Salam, Higher Committee 
member and Former Advisor to the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, His Eminence Sheikh 
Ahmed el-Tayeb, remarked: "The formation of the Committee has come at an 
important time and has required all peace lovers to unite and join the efforts 
to spread coexistence, brotherhood, and tolerance throughout the world. I am 
moved by this energy and determination to spread the principles of the Document 
on Human Fraternity to achieve security, coexistence, and peace for everyone.  
I was amazed by the mutual humanity concerns that both His Holiness Pope 
Francis of the Catholic Church and the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, His Eminence 
Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, shared when they met last February; they were determined 
to achieve happiness for all humanity no matter the religion or nationality."

Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig, Senior Rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation and a 
Higher Committee member said: "This is an important opportunity for all who 
believe in the power of faith and humanity. It will help build bridges between 
religious leaders and communities as well as foster peace and harmony in an era 
that is too often defined by difference. I am honoured to be part of such an 
esteemed group working to champion love over hate, justice over injustice, and 
faith over fear."

Sir David Adjaye, Founder and Principal of Adjaye Associates, commented: "I am 
humbled and honored that our design has been selected. I believe architecture 
should work to enshrine the kind of world we want to live in, a world of 
tolerance, openness, and constant advancement. Architecture and landscape 
design can interpret the fabric and principles of a place, to advance the 
conversation, reassess current assumptions about the world, and discover more 
meaningfully what a place can give back. As an architect I want to create a 
building that starts to dissolve the notion of hierarchical difference – it 
should represent universality and totality – something higher that enhances the 
richness of human life. We hope we have set out a plan for a beautiful and 
thought-provoking space that celebrates the three faiths and stimulates 
dialogue and understanding at a critical time for the world. Built in the UAE's 
capital, the space will be open to the world, and our hope is that through 
these buildings people of all faiths and from across society can learn and 
engage in a mission of peaceful coexistence for generations to come."

The contemporary design was chosen after a rigorous process that included 
architects of diverse backgrounds and faiths from around the globe. Adjaye's 
design is particularly striking, incorporating separate worship spaces for each 
religion as well as a shared space for collaboration and informal gathering. As 
a modern design concept it also reflects the goal of creating an enduring space 
for future generations.

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