The Securing Houses of Worship Workshop was attended by over 70 faith leaders, ushers, office staff, building and grounds and worship committee members. Pictures include the Rev. Dr. Carol Flett, Co-Chair of the Faith Community Working Group who coordinated it, and presenters, Chief Luther Reynolds of MCPD; Sgt. Brian Tupa, Special Operations MCPD; Brian Johnson, Director of Security for Jewish Federation and JCRC; Capt. Don Mandeville, bomb Squad CommanderMCFRS; and James McCelland, Emergency Management Specialist, DEMHS. It was hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville.
Welcoming Our New Neighbors (WONN) was featured at the Annual Meeting of Interfaith Works (IW) because it illustrates the benefit of IW partnering with the County Executive’s Faith Community Advisory Council. WONN has over 50 faith communities engaged in welcoming and supporting refugee.
To date 12 families have been resettled in Montgomery County. An updated guide for families and faith communities was released and County Executive, Ike Leggett, representatives from Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church and the MoCo Muslim Foundation and others spoke to the importance of working across lines of difference in acknowledging our common humanity and serving one another.
Please join U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Montgomery County Clergy and Community Leaders for a conversation on Uniting Our Community After Charlottesville.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
John Hopkins University
9601 Medical Center Dr.
Rockville, MD 20850
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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 .
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.
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.
The deadline for applications is August 1 and you may access the application form with guidelines here.
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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.
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
Overview of New Sanctuary Movement (3:00-3:30 PM)
Training in Various Forms of Response (3:30-5:30 PM)
Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
9601 Cedar Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
Questions: Lori.email@example.com(Montgomery County DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network volunteer; Takoma Park Mobilization)
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.