Keep in mind that some events should be held in a neutral public location and others should be in the relative intimacy of a private home. Public locations are good for sharing information with the public, while private locations are better for getting to know each other.

A public location which is not the house of worship for one religion will generally feel “safer” for a newcomer to interfaith. A community center, library meeting room or other comfortable public facility is a good place to present a guest speaker, show a film, hold a conference, or offer song, drum or dance circles.

Holding events such as dinners and small discussion groups in a private home will set the stage for more relaxed and honest dialog. When people visit each other’s homes they develop bonds of friendship which are different from what is experienced in a public setting. Since most homes are limited in size, some interfaith groups hold the same event in several locations on the same night or in the same week, thus achieving a sense of unity while enjoying the closeness of a home meeting.

In some communities, especially small towns, a good way to start interfaith work is for the small core group to meet in a home, then each invite one or two others to join the next meeting. When this core group has identified its desired outcomes, it may then wish to plan a larger public event.