Intersections is dedicated to building respectful relationships among diverse individuals and communities to forge common ground and develop strategies that promote justice, reconciliation, and peace. We are a multi-cultural, multi-faith, global initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York, the oldest corporation in North America dating back to 1628.
Who We Are
Founded in 2007, Intersections International is a New York based non-government organization (NGO) that works at the intersection of people and communities in conflict. We promote peace through dialogue using direct service programs, advocacy, educational and informational outreach.
Today, Intersections is involved in a myriad of programs dedicated to promoting peace and understanding. From the Veteran-Civilian Dialogue Project and new partnerships with the Lenape Peoples, to performance arts programs and websites that teach about and provide resources for dialogue between Muslim and non-Muslim groups, to programs that help initiate dialogue with religious groups regarding LGBT inclusion, Intersections brings individuals together in conversation, often with startling and profound results.
The foundational act of Intersections goes back more than a century, to an intersection of generosity and sacrifice.
On June 25, 1891, in Long Branch, New Jersey, 23-year-old Frederick Brokaw––son of wealthy Fifth Avenue Clothier Isaac Brokaw––drowned while trying to save the life of Annie Doyle, a young immigrant Irish servant. Frederick’s grieving parents wanted to honor the heroic act of their son. So the couple gave properties, called the Bethany Memorial Buildings, to Madison Avenue Reformed Church so that the church could house its mission outreach to poor and immigrant communities of Manhattan’s East Side.
The church disbanded in 1917, but the Bethany buildings and assets were turned over to the Collegiate Church Corporation. By 1995, the Bethany congregation was no longer able to sustain its buildings and the Collegiate Church began the process of selling the land, which concluded in 2003. Bethany Church remained as a congregation, and today shares space with the First Hungarian Reformed Church. It is funded, in part, by the Collegiate Church.
The income from the sale was used to create an endowment for a new ministry. After much discernment, the Collegiate Church decided the new ministry should be a global initiative dedicated to promoting justice, reconciliation and peace. Intersections was founded in September 2007, its name symbolically representing its work: to bring together diverse groups to forge a common ground for global social justice.
The Intersections logo expresses humanity’s diversity in ways that honor our individuality, as well as the spaces where our lives intersect. The different ‘i’ components represent individuals of various cultures, religions, races, and beliefs intersecting while maintaining their uniqueness to form the most basic building structure: a square brick.
This symbol expresses the bringing together of diversity, unity, understanding and possibility in order to build a solid, common ground for global social justice.