All are welcome here. The Plymouth Interfaith Chapel is located on the main level near Plymouth Grounds Coffee Shop. It is a sacred and welcoming space from the moment you enter. The doors and the stained glass are historical to the church and central to the space.
Water is a central element of all religions. Inside the chapel is a granite fountain. The peaceful sound of the water moving in the fountain adds to the prayerful surroundings.
There are now symbols from six religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism. Under each symbol is a shelf with the scriptures and prayer implements (e.g., beads) for each religion. On the bottom shelf under each symbol will be brochures (available starting December 2018) with information about that religious tradition and available resources to learn more. In the northeast corner of the chapel is a mihrab, a niche that shows the qibla, the direction of Mecca and the direction Muslims face when praying.
On the southwest wall, you will see a framed piece of art. The circle represents all other faiths. The words, “peace is every step,” inside the circle in the artwork come from the Buddhist Monk and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. This poem is meaningful to the context of the words:
Peace is every step.
The shining red sun is my heart.
Each flower smiles with me.
How green, how fresh all that grows.
How cool the wind blows.
Peace is every step.
It turns the endless path to joy.
There are prayer rugs in the cabinet for use in prayer and meditation. All people of all faiths are welcome. The room may be scheduled for small groups by emailing or calling Kathy Sohn at 515.255.3149.
Rev. LeAnn Stubbs had the vision for an interfaith chapel at Plymouth. Tim Knepper, Drake professor of philosophy, director of The Comparison Project, and Plymouth member coordinated with leaders of the religions in the central Iowa area. Another Plymouth member, Arthur Neis, donated the Thich Nhat Hanh artwork. Mohammad Khan, president of the Muslim Community Organization, arranged the installation of the mihrab, which was built by Jasmin Mrvoljak, a member of Islamic and Cultural Center Bosniak. The chapel upgrades were completed in memory of John Sonnenburg, a Plymouth member. The Plymouth Interfaith Chapel was dedicated on Dec. 8, 2018.