Montgomery Unity Walk

Everyone is welcome to join our 2017 Montgomery Unity Walk on Sunday, October 8th at 1pm. Meet your neighbors,
tour houses of worship and learn about services our diverse faith communities offer.

The Resource Fair will begin at 1 PM
The Opening Ceremony will be from 2:00-2:30 pm at
Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional Center
46 Norwood Rd, Silver Spring

The Walk will begin at 2:30 pm.

We will be walking to the following locations
on #HighwayToHeavenMoCo
1. Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional Center
2. People’s Baptist Church
3. Heritage Christian Church
4. Muslim Community Center
5. First Alliance Church
6. Transfiguration Church
7. Cambodian Buddhist Society

The Closing Ceremony will be from 5:30- 6:00 PM at the
Cambodian Buddhist Society
13800 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring

Click her for flyer Montgomery Unity Walk

Register at tinyurl.com/montgomeryunity

Sign-Up to Volunteer at tinyurl.com/unitywalkvolunteer
History of Highway to Heaven

Uniting Our Community After Charlottesville

Please join U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Montgomery County Clergy and Community Leaders for a conversation on Uniting Our Community After Charlottesville.

When:

Thursday, August 31, 2017
2:00-3:00 PM

Where:
Room 104
John Hopkins University
9601 Medical Center Dr.
Rockville, MD 20850

RSVP to Ken Reichard
ken_reichard@cardin.senate.gov
410-962-4436

Prayer Vigil for 1st Anniversary of Flower Valley Apartment Fire

A Prayer Vigil, on the 1st anniversary of the horrific fire killing seven and displacing hundreds, was held at that site seeking healing and empowerment for the residents of Flower Valley.

Pictures include Sofia Mereydi Reyes, President of the Flower Valley Tenants Association, with Gustavo Torres, CEO of CASA and behind them are Rev. Dr. Carol Flett, and Rabbi Batya Glazer, Co-Chairs of our FCWG and among the first responders to the fire. Others are of Councilman Tom Hucker, Father Erick Lopez, Pastor Gary Nuss, Father Vidal Rivas, Imam Papa and myself. May our prayers and acts of support continue for these deserving residents .

Together We Are Strong. Together We Are Safe.

A panel of religious leaders and an immigration expert addressed the travel ban for predominately Muslim countries and how we can uphold our values and keep Montgomery County safe. It was hosted by the Islamic Education Center in Rockville. Panelists included Imam Ahmad Bahraini, Father Jacek Orzechowski, Rev. Kasey Kaseman and Kiyanoush Razaghi. It was moderated by Shane Rock and David Trone addressed the importance of supporting refugees and immigrants.

The Montgomery County Faith Community, mobilized through the Welcoming Our New Neighbors program, has over 60 faith communities working primarily within interfaith clusters. Together they have raised in excess of $400,000 and marshaled 330 volunteers in support of 25 refugee families. Housing and employment remain the top priorities with legal assistance, mentoring, teaching English and offering general support being ways others may help.

Highlights from Security Grant Orientation

The Security Grant Orientation drew faith leaders from 40 communities for learning how to assess their vulnerabilities, develop a master plan and apply for a grant from Montgomery County Government. It was hosted by the Islamic Center of Maryland and featured public officials from the Departments of Management and Budget, General Services, Police, Fire and Rescue, and Office of Community Partnerships. In addition, there were security professionals from the Jewish Community Relations Council and Kiernan Group Holdings. You may review the agenda here.

Security Grant Orientation Flyer Agenda July 11th

The deadline for applications is August 1 and you may access the application form with guidelines here.
https://mcgmd.wufoo.com/forms/s7g7fwn0892sva/

Attendees please complete this survey We Care What You Think

Resources from Presentation

Security Grant Presentation by Kiernan Group
Kiernan Group Holdings Checklist
Response to Bias & Hate Brochure

 


FCAC and Interfaith Works forge New Initiative

Interfaith Works and the Montgomery County Faith Community Advisory Council are combining their strengths to unite and magnify the impact of the interfaith community through the creation of the Interfaith Network of Montgomery County.  It is a public/private partnership bringing hundreds of faith communities together to build a healthy, resilient community where all residents feel respected, valued and supported.  INMC will focus on fostering dialogue and providing faith-community solutions to crucial issues, including poverty, xenophobia and bigotry.  

Funding for the Interfaith Network of Montgomery County will be provided by a County grant with matching funds coming from a membership base of faith communities, organizations and individuals. To find out how you, your faith community and/or organization may become founding members, click here

We will be hiring a full time Administrative Assistant this summer and a half time Program Director this fall. Together we will empower the working groups, teams and committees, displayed in this organizational chart (click here).

Our County Executive, Ike Leggett, in initiating INMC said, We are fortunate to have faith communities reminding us that we belong to one human family and working together for the common good.

Register for Sanctuary for ALL-Safety for ALL

Given increased enforcement activity in recent months by U.S. immigration and Customs Enforcement, it is important that immigrant rights advocates and local communities be prepared in the event of a raid.  This training helps communities respond to raids and provide support to those at risk of deportation and their families.

This is a train-the-trainer session, so participants will be encouraged to share what they have learned with their congregations and communities to help build a network of rapid responders across the region

Session A:
Overview of New Sanctuary Movement (3:00-3:30 PM)

Session B:
Training in Various Forms of Response (3:30-5:30 PM)

When:
June 25
3:00-5:30 pm

Where:
Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
9601 Cedar Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814

Questions: Lori.severens@gmail.com(Montgomery County DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network volunteer; Takoma Park Mobilization)

Register here
See Flier

DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network is a network of congregations in DC/MD/VA region that are providing support and solidarity to neighbors, friends, and family who fear being detained, deported or profiled.

 

Community Memorial Service

Community Memorial Service

County officials, faith leaders, non-profit organizations and community members joined together to memorialize 62 individuals who died during 2016 and 2017 either while homeless or after being involved in the homeless system in Montgomery County.

The moving ceremony included an invocation and remarks by Rev. Kasey Kaseman, Interfaith Community Liaison, and Rev. Linda Kauffman from Community Solutions. The names of those memorialized was read by non-profit providers who work closely with County government in providing services to the homeless. View a pictures and videos of the Community Memorial Service below:

A new initiative, Inside/NotOutside, was also launched, with the goal of ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2017. Faith communities and people of conscience may learn and becoming engaged at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/homelessness.

Over 250 Students Participate in Art Contest

The Faith Community Advisory Council and the Human Rights Commission co-sponsored the United We Learn program with Montgomery County Public Schools.  Over 250 students from the majority of public schools in Montgomery County submitted videos of dance, theatre, creative writing, music and beautiful art on the theme “ Combating Hate through the Arts.”  Pictured with two of the winners are Superintendent Jack Smith and Rev. Kasey Kaseman who presented certificates in the presence of hundreds of proud parents and grandparents.

See Award Winning Entries

Securing Houses of Worship Presentation Materials now available

Securing Houses of Worship on May 4th addressed how to assess vulnerabilities, secure physical infrastructure, respond to threats and suspicious packages, develop relationships with law enforcement and protective services, and equip staff for making sound decisions.

Council President, Roger Berliner, presented a report on a supplemental grant program to improve security for houses of worship.  It remains in the process of formation and counsel of faith leaders will be used in determining how it will be most useful.

Many attendees requested the following presentation materials: Faith Leader Active Assailant Training and Avoid Deny Defend videoWe encourage you to share this information with your associates and feel free to pass them on to any who may benefit.