The Cathedral’s central mission has been to serve as a house of prayer for all people -- no exceptions -- and actively pursues interfaith dialogue and collaboration, particularly among the three Abrahamic faiths.

Through innovative programming, advocacy and worship, the Cathedral seeks to promote reconciliation among all faiths and compassion in our world. In all we do, we seek to answer the prophet Micah’s call: to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.

Christian-Muslim Summits

Washington National Cathedral has been a key convener of the Summit of Christian and Muslim Religious Leaders in Washington, Beirut and Rome. The fourth and final session is planned for 2016 in Tehran.

The effort was first launched in 2010 by the Cathedral as part of its role in convening people of faith to examine and respond to important issues of peace, justice and reconciliation in our world.




Standing Shoulder to Shoulder Against Religious Bigotry

Leaders of multiple faiths signed a pledge to “uphold and defend the freedom of conscience and religion of all individuals by rejecting and speaking out, without reservation, against bigotry, discrimination, harassment, and violence based on religion or belief.”

Exploring Islam in America: An Introduction to Islam in the U.S.

Dr. Altaf Husain of Howard University focuses on Islam as a faith tradition and the arrival of Islam in America though immigration, missionary activity, intellectual pursuits, conversion, and American security interests.

Exploring Islam in America: Women in Islam

Does Islam preach a cultural imperative for women? Manal Omar of the U.S. Institute for Peace addresses America’s misunderstandings with the role of women in Islam.

Exploring Islam in America: Islam and American Politics

Khaled Elgindy of the Brookings Institute considers the rise of Islamic groups that preach Islamic exceptionalism and the growth of Islamophobia, as well as dialogue among religious traditions.

National Cathedral hosts first Muslim prayers

Muslim prayers challenged the Cathedral to live into his mission to be the nation’s house of prayer for all people.

2010 Christian-Muslim Summit at Washington National Cathedral

The 2010 Summit of Christian and Muslim Leaders was first launched in 2010 as part of the Cathedral’s role in convening people of faith to examine and respond to important issues of peace, justice and reconciliation.