The mission of the Celebration of Abraham is to increase understanding and respect among the three Abrahamic faiths in Davis and Woodland. The Celebration of Abraham recognizes that Judaism, Christianity and Islam share a belief in one God and celebrate a common ancestor in faith, Abraham.
The Celebration educates the local community about the three traditions and promote interfaith cooperation to improve the community of Yolo County. This is accomplished primarily through an annual community gathering where participants learn about one another’s faiths. We reflect on how each of the three traditions addresses universal themes. The Celebration also collect funds and volunteers workers for a community benefit organizations. For example, we have raise the funds and labor necessary to build a local Habitat for Humanity homes and funds for emergency relief in the Philippines after Super-Typhoon Haiyan.
The Celebration is based on the principle of religious pluralism. According to Diana Eck, head of the Pluralism Project at Harvard:
First, pluralism is not diversity alone, but the energetic engagement with diversity. …
Second, pluralism is not just tolerance, but the active seeking of understanding across lines of difference.
Third, pluralism is not relativism, but the encounter of commitments.
Fourth, pluralism is based on dialogue.