House of Worship Tour

The purpose of the House of Worship Tour is to learn about and celebrate the rich tapestry of faiths in Southern California and to promote respect and understanding among all races, religions and cultures.

"...Ignorance tends to breed hate and violence...Knowing how other people behave, what they believe and why they live the way they do can enrich your own sense of identity. It forces you to substantiate your thinking. This tour does more than introduce people to religious diversity. Because spirituality influences nearly all aspects of life, it becomes a springboard for cultural and social bonding."

-Stanley L. Knee


About us: Meet the Team

The House of Worship Tour Program is brought to you by the Orange County Interfaith Network and Sue Smith, Co-Founder and current Director.

The House of Worship Tour was founded by Bill Shane and Sue Smith, the former Executive Director and Assistant Director of The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ).

NCCJ, formed as an interfaith coalition in 1927, became a national organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism in all forms.

Programs included monthly visits to more than 40 religious centers in Southern California, plus ethnic festivals; nationally recognized youth diversity and leadership programs (“Knowledge and Social Responsibility” residence program, high school Breakfast Seminars, Interfaith Youth Conferences);  Interfaith Councils;   Community Issues Forums, and the remarkable Interfaith Trip to Israel and Jordan, led by local Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders (and included a reporter and photographer from the LA Times).

The House of Worship Tour is now under the administration of the Orange County Interfaith Network and is proud to support the activities and programs of OCIN and the various Interfaith Councils throughout Orange County.

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Mike Penn

OCIN President


Sue Smith

Director, Co-Founder

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OC Interfaith Network


Calling All Houses of Worship!

Are you a House of Worship that would like to become part of our House of Worship Tour? If so, contact us for possible collaborations in 2017.