All programs are open to all leaders of faith communities.
Learn 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.
|As the child of Indian immigrants, Neel Saxena understands the cultural and linguistic difference that many Asian immigrants experience and is a vociferous advocate for education. As the executive director at Asian American LEAD, his work supports low-income and underserved Asian Pacific American youth, helping them to construct educational goals, learn about their own and others’ cultures, and take on leadership roles in the community. In Saxena’s experience, engaging across cultural difference can be empowering and transforming, for people on both sides of the conversation. Reaching across difference to make education accessible to all is his personal and professional mission.|
|As the first Muslim chaplain at an American university, Imam Yahya Hendi teaches across difference everyday. As a chaplain at Georgetown University, a Catholic institution, part of his job description is to lead explorations about religious traditions and the roles they play in multicultural societies. As religion continues to be cast as a political narrative—as much as a cultural or national one—speaking productively across different forms of worship will be a skill that is much in demand. Imam Hendi’s experience and theological training will shed light on these processes and their impacts.|
Join Lutheran Social Services on our Bold Journey to serve the “least of these” in the National Capital area (foster care children, refugees, HIV AIDs families) by attending our annual Expressions of Abundance Breakfast. This year’s fundraising event will take place on Wednesday, May 10, in Silver Spring MD at the Silver Spring Civic Building. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by an inspirational program from 8:00 – 9:00. Carpools can be arranged, so don’t let the location keep you from attending! RSVP to Toni Killinger (703-548-9197 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
DEADLINE to SUBMIT APPLICATIONS is Monday, May 15 to become a certified Montgomery County Emotional Spiritual Care Volunteer (ESCV)!
Thursday, June 15
The Refugee Fair will provide local community members of all faiths and backgrounds the opportunity to learn how and where they can serve, provide a collection and assembly point for hygiene kits, and provide free legal aid for those seeking assistance in filling out immigration paperwork
When: May 20, 2017, 9am to 2pm
Where: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Latter Day Saints or Mormons)
20200 Montgomery Village Avenue, Montgomery Village
Hosted by: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in conjunction with Lutheran Social Services, International Rescue Committee, Ethiopian Community Development Council, Catholic Charities, We are Casa, Human Rights First, and Liberty’s Promise
While travel bans and refugees from Syria dominate the news, refugees from a variety of countries have arrived in Maryland and the Washington Metro area. Recent refugee, asylum seekers and migrants in Montgomery County are from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Iraq, and Sudan.[i] The refugees generally arrive with few possessions in a land where both language and culture are foreign to them. Many in our community are interested in assisting those seeking asylum from violence and war, but don’t know how or where to provide service.
The opportunities to serve are endless and can be as simple as taking a mother shopping for food, tutoring or teaching English, inviting a family to dinner; or as big as leading a donation project, or providing mentoring. There is a volunteer opportunity to fit any volunteers’ talents and availability. For those who are interested, we are asking for community members to donate items found on the hygiene kit list below. We will also welcome volunteers on the day of the Refugee Fair to assist in taking the donated materials and turning them into refugee kits. Finally, lawyers are welcome to provide a few hours of pro bono service to help asylum seekers fill out forms. Human Rights First will provide training, and be responsible for providing any follow up services that are required. Those with questions or a desire to provide donations ahead of time are encourage to contact Milena Patterson at email@example.com. Stop by and see how you can help!
Donation List: soap, deodorant, toothbrush & toothpaste, brush/comb, pony tail holders, women/girl hygiene products, washcloth, towel, pair of socks, note of welcome* (for unaccompanied minors), toilet paper, Kleenex, shampoo/conditioner, Aspirin, Nail clipper, razors
[i] Faith Communities Welcome New Neighbors Guide, May 5, 2016
Registration FULL for this event. Waitlisted will be notified. We will not be accepting registrants at the door. Thanks!
On the road to building trust, civility and action, please join us for a community engagement and interfaith conversation on “Facing Racism in a Diverse Society: Examining Our Unconscious Bias and its Impact on Equity and Inclusion”.
Ramadan Iftar Dinner will follow discussion (Breaking Fast at Sunset)
This event is free and open to the public. It satisfies the multicultural and diversity training requirement. Certificates of attendance will be available at the event. Meet new people in an Open Forum and Enjoy a Delicious Meal. Space is limited, RSVP is strongly recommended by June 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mr. Jim Stowe, Director of the Montgomery County’s Office of Human Rights.
- Rabbi Batya Steinlauf, Director of Outreach and Social Justice at the, JCRC; and co-chair of the Montgomery County’s Faith Community Working Group.
- Rev. Dr. Carol Flett, Inter-religious Officer, Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and Co-Chair of the Montgomery County’s Faith Community Working Group.
- Imam Yahya Hendi, The Muslim Chaplain at Georgetown University; Imam of the Islamic Society of Fredrick; and is the Muslim Chaplain at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.
Ramadan Iftar Dinner will follow the discussion (Breaking Fast at Sunset)
Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, Gudelsky Building, Rooms 222/224
Parking instructions for Community Members: Please park in student or white-lined spaces only.
For more information:
Visit the Global Nexus program: www.montgomerycollege.edu/GlobalNexus
2017 Global Nexus Summer Program. Montgomery College.
Sponsored by the Global Nexus and the Office of Advancement and Community Engagement in collaboration with the Offices of Human Rights and Montgomery County’s Office of Community Partnership’s Faith Community Working Group.
The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland will be hosting a series of town halls over the next couple of months and we want to hear from you. We need your help and support as we start gearing up for the 2018 Legislative Session. All are encouraged to attend and bring a friend.
For more information on the town hall meetings please go to legislativeblackcaucusofma
L.A.C.E.S and ECDC-ACC-DC Metro will be hosting a soccer tournament on the National Mall to integrate our communities and celebrate World Refugee Day, a day recognized by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) each year. In a world where violence forces hundreds of families to flee each day, the UN Refugee Agency believes now is the time to demonstrate that the global public stands with Refugees.
ECDC ACC-DC Metro has helped over 2,000 refugees, asylees, and secondary immigrant visa holders achieve self-sufficiency in the Washington DC Metro Area. Organizers look forward to hearing back from you to address any interest a representative from your office has in attending the aforementioned event.
L.A.C.E.S leverages the power of sport to mentor at-risk youth, including refugee children. Forty-one percent of the world’s refugees are under the age of 18. Sport can reduce stress, stimulate mental well-being, and promote social integration and overall physical wellness. To date, L.A.C.E.S has run sports camps and leagues for refugee children in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
If interested in registering to play in the tournament please contact Tiana Gonzalez.
Employment Programs Manager
Phone: 301-562-7303 Ext. 305
DHS Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships Webinar: “Protect Your Organization – Resources, Partners, and Tips to Help Keep Your Office, House of Worship, or Community Center Safe”
The Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, members of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters, and others offer numerous resources to assist faith-based and community organizations with their efforts to prepare for all types of hazards, whether natural or human-caused. This webinar will highlight federal resources and partners to help community and faith leaders improve the safety and security of their facilities.
June 13, 2017
2:00 – 3:30 pm EDT
Click here to register
Click here for more resources to protect your organization
Join the IRC in Silver Spring on Tuesday, June 20th between 7-9pm for our annual World Refugee Day celebration! As the largest refugee resettlement agencies in Maryland, the IRC recognizes this day as a chance to celebrate the diverse cultural backgrounds of the refugees, asylees, and other humanitarian migrants we serve and the contributions they make to our community.
The ticketed event will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Center located in downtown Silver Spring at 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910 between 7-9pm and will feature performances, staff and refugee speakers, arts and crafts, food and drink, and activities. Stay tuned to rescue.org/silverspring for information about purchasing tickets!
You are invited to attend “Sanctuary 101 A and B”. This event is organized by the Sanctuary DMV, Faith Communities and CASA.
Overview of New Sanctuary Movement
Training in Various Forms of Response
3:00 to 5:30 pm
Click here to register
Brian Johnson, Director of the Office of Security for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Police and Fire & Rescue from Montgomery County and Washington DC will help you assess your vulnerabilities, develop a master security plan, make wise choices related to equipment services and costs.
Habitat for Humanity in El Salvador Summer 2017!
Montgomery Sister Cities invites you to volunteer as a member of our Sister Cities team in Morazán El Salvador this summer
July 15 – July 17, 2017
Morazán El Salvador
See the flier
Habitat’s vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live
One in every three families in El Salvador lives in inadequate housing.
Are you willing to get your hands dirty and work along side a family in need to provide them with safe and affordable housing? No experience necessary! just a willingness to give and to learn. Team responsibilities will likely include digging, carrying bricks, mixing cement, compacting dirt, moving materials and painting.
Trip cost: $1495 plus airfare. Trip cost covers in country transport, food and lodging and a significant donation to Habitat for Humanity
Day 1 arrival in San Salvador and orientation
Day 2-visit the tomb of Oscar Romero and then on to Morazán
Days 3 to 7- work on the build site with cultural activities
Day 8- Leave Morazán for a day at the beach
Day 9- Return home
We will start recruitment in January. For more information contact trip leader John Leary at MorazanBuild@gmail.com
Safety for Refugees and Immigrants
Monday, July 31, 2017 5-8pm
Islamic Education Center
7917 Montrose Rd
Rockville, MD 20854
Join us for a Montgomery County interfaith and community gathering where we will discuss how can uphold our values and keep our community safe.
A panel of immigration experts and religious leaders will address the latest on the travel ban for predominantly Muslim countries and how to help residents of Montgomery county celebrate our diversity. The presentation will include an overview of the legal aspects of the an including the implications of the U.S Supreme Court rulings on the Trump administration’s executive orders, and short speeches by faith leaders on how different religions can ensure Montgomery County remains a welcoming place for everyone who lives here. Questions and oan open discussion will follow the presentation.
Featuring a panel of immigration experts and religious leaders
Shane Rock, Chief Executive Officer, Interfaith Works
Father Jacek “Jacinto” Orzechowski,Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
Imam Ahmad Bahraini, Imam And Director of Islamic Education Center of Maryland
Kiyanoush Razoghi, Staff Attorney, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network
The Tenants Association of Flower Branch are inviting us to a Prayer Vigil commemorating the First Anniversary of the tragic fire that took the lives of seven people. Let us come together on August 10th at 7:30 pm at 8644 Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring to offer our prayers and demonstrate our solidarity with those whose memories are in need of healing.
August 23rd to 27th
Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
9601 Cedar Lane
For more information, see the website
Please join U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Montgomery County Clergy and Community Leader for a conversation on Uniting Our Community After Charlottesville
Thursday, August 31st
Johns Hopkins University – Room 110
9601 Medical Center Drive
Bring your friends and family for an Interfaith picnic on the Cathedral west lawn
Saturday, September 9th
3101 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016
For more information and to register, see the website
Bring a meal to this interfaith, intergenerational picnic on the Cathedral’s west front. Activities, music, and art will help us build connections with next-door neighbors and people from around the region. We’ll close with shared music followed by a Havdalah (the Jewish service marking the end of Shabbat).
RSVP’s requested, not required!
Part of the Unity Walk weekend sponsored by the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. Information about Sunday’s Unity Walk at ifcmw.org.