Coexist Foundation Sponsors Major Three Faiths Exhibit at New York Public Library

Oct 14, 2010, 16:27 ET from Coexist Foundation

“Three Faiths” Displays Magnificent Collection of Jewish, Christian and Muslim Manuscripts

NEW YORK, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Coexist Foundation announced today it is co-sponsoring a major new exhibition at the New York Public Library -- “Three Faiths.”  The four month exhibit includes rare and treasured Jewish, Christian and Muslim manuscripts and sacred texts. “Three Faiths” also includes over 100 different educational programs across 80 different branches of the New York Public Library network, with the idea of creating a better understanding of these faith traditions in a globalized world.

“Coexist” is a non-profit foundation working around the world to promote, encourage and support engagement between Jews, Christians and Muslims. The foundation says it hopes “Three Faiths” will inform the discussion between these religious traditions and wider society by showing texts inspired by millenia of spiritual history. Three Faiths is on view from October 22, 2010 through February 27, 2011: some two hundred of the Library’s most inspiring sacred texts will be on display.

“Coexist is delighted to be sponsoring Three Faiths at the New York Public Library,” says James Kidner, Director of Coexist. “This unique exhibition will enable visitors not only to see this great institution’s magnificent collection of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim treasures, but also to explore the ways in which the history, culture, art, and theology of these three religions have influenced one another through the ages. This is a wonderful opportunity to take a journey into these faith traditions and learn how they can coexist in society today.”

The exhibition will showcase materials drawn entirely from the collections of The New York Public Library. Three Faiths illustrates the most important threads which run between the three: a belief in one, all-powerful God; the importance of the Prophets – notably Abraham; Divine Revelation; and the central role of Scripture. After introducing the key figures in these faith traditions, the exhibition explores the scriptures they produced or inspired, and the ways in which those texts have been used, for so many centuries, in the daily lives of ordinary people.

Alongside the exhibition, Coexist will also be supporting the NYPL's large-scale series of education programs for teachers, school-children, public sector workers and others to promote better understanding of these three religious traditions, their commonalities and their differences.  And Coexist will be bringing in another of its partner organizations, Prince Charles’s School of Traditional Arts, to show how the artistic traditions of these three faiths have intertwined and influenced each other over the centuries.

About  Coexist

Coexist works to promote, encourage and support engagement between Jews, Christians and Muslims, and between these communities and others, through education, dialogue and research. Founded in 2006, Coexist is an operational foundation which works around the world to forge new partnerships and programs aimed at helping people to understand what it means to be Jewish or Christian or Muslim today.  It facilitates the building of bridges between these communities, and funds initiatives which inspire the wider public to understand faith better in twenty-first century society. They have included projects in the United States, England, India and Iraq. For information please visit the webiste:

SOURCE Coexist Foundation