Interfaith Institute

Wildacres Interfaith Institute
July 30 – August 2, 2018

The Wildacres Interfaith Institute brings together
clergy and lay people of all faiths to gain understanding
towards the Wildacres goal of “betterment of human relations.”

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Our annual Interfaith Institute at Wildacres Retreat Center off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland, North Carolina, is open to clergy and interested lay people from all religious traditions.  Come and join us for fellowship, discussion, and fun on the mountaintop. Wildacres provides a magnificent vista of the Blue Ridge Mountains, including stately Mt. Mitchell across the way. Our study sessions are supplemented by plenty of good food (strictly kosher), a daily happy hour, evening entertainment, morning prayer services, and opportunities to explore the area.


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Prayers and their Pray-ers

Prayers form us and inform us. Prayers are the carriers of living conversations between us and the divine that is within us and beyond us. The prayers of our tradition impart to us our unique languages of religious imagination from which we grow into a shared world. Is there anything that represents our traditions more fully than our prayers? As we share our prayers with the pray-ers of other traditions, we offer the highest, deepest, truest portraits of ourselves. Please join a celebration of prayers, prayer stories, and prayer heroes of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Our Teachers and guides for the Interfaith Institute are respected prayer leaders and pray-ers of their respective faiths:

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Reverend Katie Crowe has walked various terrains of prayer: as an AIDS hospice worker, a trauma center chaplain, a chapter founder of Contemplative Outreach, dedicated to furthering the practice of Centering Prayer, and as Pastor of churches in Charlotte and in Durham where she serves as the Senior Pastor of the Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church.

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Imam Mowlid Ali
was born in Somalia, He is the Imam of Jamaat-Ibad-Ar-Rahhman, Durham, NC, and founder of Al-Misbah Qur’an Academy. Mowlid has earned the title, “Hafiz,” one who has memorized the Qur’an. In his prayer life, Mowlid holds and expresses the concerns and aspirations of Muslims living in challenging times. Christians and Jews, as well as Muslims in his community, look to him for his graceful framing and articulating of high and deep prayers that can be turned into interfaith action.


Rabbi Daniel Greyber
 is the Rabbi of Beth El Synagogue in Durham, NC. Daniel has long been a teacher of liturgy and the creator, participant, and leader of various prayer communities on the east and west coasts of the US. is the author of Faith Unravels: A Rabbi’s Struggle With Grief and God. Among other aspects of living with grief, Daniel shares the struggles of a faithful pray-er living with loss.

Kathleen Maloney-Tarr
will also be returning to conduct her popular writing workshop for those who wish to work on their creative writing skills.

Click here for a sample program schedule.

Our Interfaith Institute is subsidized by the Blumenthal Foundation to keep our costs low and to encourage participation of Jews, Christians, Muslims, and others. Registration fees for 2018 include the cost of the program and room and board at Wildacres for the three days of the conference. 

$300 per person for clergy and spouse
$320 per person for laity
$120 per child age 6-12
$80 per child 3-5

A limited amount of scholarship assistance is available.


A Wildacres Interfaith Institute experience provides:

  • Learning experiences that are stimulating and inspiring.
  • Fellowship that is warm and genuine.
  • Friendships that are enduring.
  • Accommodations that are comfortable.
  • Food that is kosher and delicious.
  • Mountain views that are gorgeous!

For more information, please contact: or Rabbi Edward Friedman (