Events

Events.

All programs are open to all leaders of faith communities.

 

Jan
16
Mon
2017
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Jan 16 @ 3:30 pm

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Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee cordially invite you to attend Montgomery County’s Annual Birthday Tribute and Celebration.

Monday, January 16, 2017

3:30 p.m.

The Music Center at Strathmore 5301 Tuckerman Lane North Bethesda, Maryland 20852

FREE parking in the adjacent Grosvenor/Strathmore Garage.

To obtain FREE tickets for the program, please contact the ticket office at www.strathmore.org or 301-581-5100 beginning January 2, 2016.

The Music Center at Strathmore requires each person to have a ticket to enter.

Sign language interpreters and other auxiliary aids or services upon request – with as much advance notice as possible, preferably at least three (3) business days before the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebration at the Strathmore Flier

Jan
31
Tue
2017
Refugee Resources Meeting
Jan 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

For faith communities engaged in welcoming refugees and immigrants or exploring the possibility.

Featuring:  Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center, Friends in Action, Resettlement Organizations, social services experts & more

Sponsored by the Neighbors in Need Working Group of the Faith Community Advisory Council

our-faith-community-welcomes-refugees-002Register here:

For more information call Patty Larson, 240-355-5140

Email: patricia.larson@montgomerycountymd.gov

Feb
9
Thu
2017
Mayor and Council Town Hall on Diversity
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join a conversation with Rockville residents about how our community can become an even more inclusive place to live and work. The event aims to foster a dialogue about how to further improve the city’s efforts to welcome and engage its diverse residents. Rockville is the 14th most diverse city in America. One-third of residents were born outside of the United States. Please feel free to email the Mayor and Council with comments and suggestions:
Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton: bnewton@rockvillemd.gov
Councilmember Beryl L. Feinberg: bfeinberg@rockvillemd.gov
Councilmember Virginia D. Onley: vonley@rockvillmd.gov
Councilmember Julie Palakovich Carr: jpalakovichcarr@rockvillemd.gov
Councilmember Mark Pierzchala: mpierzchala@rockvillemd.gov

Religion, Faith and School Webinar
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm

Religion, Faith and School is a two-part webinar series.

The first part, on Feb. 9th, is about Hinduism and features Murali Balaji of the Hindu American Foundation and teacher Christopher Murray, an active member of FCWG Education Committee.

In the second part, on Feb. 16th, at 7 p.m., Linda K. Wertheimer, author of Faith Ed, Teaching About Religion In An Age of Intolerance, will lead the seminar on lessons learned from controversies around the country in world religions courses.

Find out more about registering for the seminars at this link.

When:
First webinar: Tuesday, February 9 at 7pm
Second webinar: Tuesday, February 16 at 7pm

Feb
12
Sun
2017
Interfaith Light 2017 Environmental Conference
Feb 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Interfaith Light 2017 Environmental Conference @ St. Rose of Lima, Woodlands Room | Gaithersburg | Maryland | United States

The fifth annual Interfaith Environmental Conference

This year’s annual Interfaith Forum event is meant to bring together people of faith throughout our local community (particularly the Seneca Creek, Muddy Branch and Watts Branch watersheds but all are welcome!) for the purpose of sharing environmental ideas and inspiration.

Our keynote speaker, Merikay Smith, will present on the Pope’s encyclical (On Care for Our Common Home), which has meaning for all faiths.  We’ll share comments on ways the encyclical has inspired local action and also hear from diverse faith leaders on their faith’s environmental teachings.

Comments will be welcome during that presentation and afterward on ways the encyclical has inspired people to local and regional environmental action.

Flier

Feb
14
Tue
2017
Council to Hold Briefing on Combating Hate Crimes & Extremism: The Montgomery County Model
Feb 14 @ 11:00 am

On February 14th at 11 am, the Montgomery County Council will receive an update on the rise of hate crimes in the county and local efforts to prevent and respond to these occurrences.  Unfortunately, in the political times we are living in, these conversations take on even greater urgency.  

Speakers will include representatives from The World Organization for Resource Development & Education (WORDE) who will share their internationally renowned work to build community resilience against extremism, Reverend Kasey Kaseman from the Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships who will share the good work of the faith community, and Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger, who will speak to the rise of hate crimes in our county and his department’s response to date.

The meeting on February 14th at 11 am will be held in the 3rd Floor Council Hearing Room of the Council Office Building (100 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850) and is open to the public.  Alternatively, the briefing can be viewed live on County Cable Television (Comcast channel 6/Verizon channel 30).

Feb
16
Thu
2017
Faith Leaders Response Team (FLRT) Meeting
Feb 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please mark your calendars for our next Faith Leaders Response Team Meeting on Thursday, February 16 from 2 to 4 pm. 

Only for Representatives and Leaders of Faith Communities!

In this meeting we will strengthen our bonds as faith leaders and review the impact of a 60 percent increase in hate incidents since the election.  It has motivated the formation of several anti-hate groups in Montgomery County.  We will reassess our role as faith leaders in relationship to them and what we should be doing within our own faith communities.

WHO:

Open to Representatives and Leaders of Faith Communities

When:

Tuesday, February 16
2 pm- 4 pm

Where:

The Ahmadiya Muslim Community (Bait-ur-Rehman Mosque)
15000 New Hope Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905

Religion, Faith and School Webinar
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm

Religion, Faith and School is a two-part webinar series.

The first part, on Feb. 9th, is about Hinduism and features Murali Balaji of the Hindu American Foundation and teacher Christopher Murray, an active member of FCWG Education Committee.

In the second part, on Feb. 16th, at 7 p.m., Linda K. Wertheimer, author of Faith Ed, Teaching About Religion In An Age of Intolerance, will lead the seminar on lessons learned from controversies around the country in world religions courses.

Find out more about registering for the seminars at this link.

When:
First webinar: Tuesday, February 9 at 7pm
Second webinar: Tuesday, February 16 at 7pm

Mar
5
Sun
2017
2017 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference
Mar 5 – Mar 7 all-day

2017 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference

Meet with your new, and returning, Members of Congress 

and hear from Administration officials 

The National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, co-sponsored by the Food Research & Action Center and Feeding America, and in cooperation with the National CACFP Forum, draws anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates; federal, state and local government officials; child advocates; representatives of food banks and food rescue organizations; sponsoring organizations and nutrition and anti-obesity groups.

Members of Congress, Hill staff, and key Administration officials attend the conference, provide comments as part of plenary sessions and panels, and join participants at receptions and special events.

The three-day event is packed with numerous networking opportunities, interactive training, content-rich sessions, and a day on Capitol Hill to meet with Members of Congress and their key staffers. Participants share information and learn how to strengthen the quality and reach of federal nutrition programs, learn best outreach and program practices from other states and localities, fill in the gaps in food service for millions of low-income children, and identify creative ideas for new and innovative approaches to ending hunger.

The National CACFP Leadership track, Ready-Set-Implement: Building a Brighter Future for CACFP, brings together the CACFP community to discover best practices, shape change, meet with USDA officials, and learn strategies for successfully implementing the new healthier CACFP meal pattern, identify opportunities for cutting red tape, and building a thriving CACFP program.

WHEN

March 5-7, 2017

WHERE

Omni Shoreham Hotel

Washington, DC

Mar
9
Thu
2017
Civility in Action: Dialogues across Difference
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard for the second in a series of conversations focused on building civility across difference featuring Chief J. Thomas Manger

As Chief of Police in Montgomery County, Maryland, since 2004, Chief Manger leads a department of 1,252 sworn police officers and 669 civilian members. The diversity of Montgomery County, with nearly 1.1 million residents, has grown continually since 2010. With a special commitment to expanding community policing, Chief Manger has been credited with successfully leading law enforcement officials in how to engage with residents who are different from themselves in race, age, language, gender, and immigration status. His commitment to the highest ethical standards for policing and his enactment of new policies to increase departmental accountability have earned him significant recognition from the community. He continues to affirm that Montgomery County will maintain its policy of not asking people about their immigration status.

Maps and Directions

Mar
15
Wed
2017
The SANCTUARY MOVEMENT 101A
Mar 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Learn how faith communities are preparing to protect immigrant families

and care for those left behind in case of I.C.E. raids.

Mar
21
Tue
2017
Faith over Fear: Welcoming the Stranger
Mar 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

An evening of interfaith prayer, song, and conversation 

WHEN

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

630 pm  to 9 pm

WHERE

Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Ave,  NW

Washington, DC 20016

DETAILS 

Register for for the event here

Mar
23
Thu
2017
Multifaith Film Fest -JERUSALEM
Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm

The Bender JCC is proud to present our 2017 Multifaith Film Fest in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington!

This celebration of faith features five award-winning films and will unfold over five nights, between March 22 – 26. All films will be shown in the Kreeger Auditorium.

Each film was carefully selected for its unique perspectives on identity and discovery, common social and spiritual values and, perhaps most importantly, the intersection of the human experience. They remind us that we are, in fact, not so different after all.

This film fest is the first of its kind in this community; crafted to promote peace, understanding and friendship among the many faith communities in Montgomery County.

We will celebrate our diversity while honoring our differences. We will embrace both the distinctive and common aspects of our customs. Our goal is to promote positive relationships between neighbors and build a greater appreciation for the teachings, customs, history and practices of our community’s faith traditions.

 

JERUSALEM is a breathtaking film that explores on a grand scale the intersection of science, history and religion in this ancient, enigmatic place.

http://www.benderjccgw.org/event/jerusalem/

Mar
25
Sat
2017
Multifaith Film Fest- FREE MEN
Mar 25 @ 8:30 pm

The Bender JCC is proud to present our 2017 Multifaith Film Fest in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington!

This celebration of faith features five award-winning films and will unfold over five nights, between March 22 – 26. All films will be shown in the Kreeger Auditorium.

Each film was carefully selected for its unique perspectives on identity and discovery, common social and spiritual values and, perhaps most importantly, the intersection of the human experience. They remind us that we are, in fact, not so different after all.

This film fest is the first of its kind in this community; crafted to promote peace, understanding and friendship among the many faith communities in Montgomery County.

We will celebrate our diversity while honoring our differences. We will embrace both the distinctive and common aspects of our customs. Our goal is to promote positive relationships between neighbors and build a greater appreciation for the teachings, customs, history and practices of our community’s faith traditions.

In Paris during WWII, an Algerian immigrant is inspired to join the resistance by his unexpected friendship with a Jewish man.

FREE MEN

 

 

Mar
26
Sun
2017
Multifaith Film Fest- Arranged
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am

The Bender JCC is proud to present our 2017 Multifaith Film Fest in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington!

This celebration of faith features five award-winning films and will unfold over five nights, between March 22 – 26. All films will be shown in the Kreeger Auditorium.

Each film was carefully selected for its unique perspectives on identity and discovery, common social and spiritual values and, perhaps most importantly, the intersection of the human experience. They remind us that we are, in fact, not so different after all.

This film fest is the first of its kind in this community; crafted to promote peace, understanding and friendship among the many faith communities in Montgomery County.

We will celebrate our diversity while honoring our differences. We will embrace both the distinctive and common aspects of our customs. Our goal is to promote positive relationships between neighbors and build a greater appreciation for the teachings, customs, history and practices of our community’s faith traditions.

 

Arranged centers on the friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman who meet as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn.

http://www.benderjccgw.org/event/arranged/

Multifaith Film Fest-IDA
Mar 26 @ 6:30 pm

 

The Bender JCC is proud to present our 2017 Multifaith Film Fest in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington!

This celebration of faith features five award-winning films and will unfold over five nights, between March 22 – 26. All films will be shown in the Kreeger Auditorium.

Each film was carefully selected for its unique perspectives on identity and discovery, common social and spiritual values and, perhaps most importantly, the intersection of the human experience. They remind us that we are, in fact, not so different after all.

This film fest is the first of its kind in this community; crafted to promote peace, understanding and friendship among the many faith communities in Montgomery County.

We will celebrate our diversity while honoring our differences. We will embrace both the distinctive and common aspects of our customs. Our goal is to promote positive relationships between neighbors and build a greater appreciation for the teachings, customs, history and practices of our community’s faith traditions.

http://www.benderjccgw.org/arts-culture-jewish-life/film-fest/

Apr
1
Sat
2017
The Police are the Public and the Public are the Police Repairing the Breach:The Role of the Faith Community
Apr 1 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Conference: The Police are the Public and 

the Public are the Police

 Repairing the Breach:The Role of the Faith Community

WHEN

 Saturday, April 1, 2017
930am – 430pm

WHERE

Grace Episcopal Church
1607 Grace Church Road
Flier

Apr
5
Wed
2017
Building Peace in Difficult Times: Learning from Global Activists
Apr 5 @ 1:00 pm

Building Peace in Difficult Times: Learning from Global Activists

Please join this webinar to learn about building peace in difficult times. Seasoned interfaith activists will share personal stories about how they have successfully learned to operate in difficult political and social climates. They will share wisdom and insights from their experiences building peace in the midst of fierce political divisions, unethical governments, and a cultural shift towards xenophobia (including against Muslims, Jews and immigrants). These United Religions Initiative members will also provide practical examples of how they remain grounded and avoid burnout.
Speakers:
Sergio Arévalo (Barcelona, Spain), coordinator for The Night of Religions of Barcelona and Bridge Builders of Barcelona through AUDIR
Dr. Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba (Abuja, Nigeria), West African Regional Coordinator for the United Religions Initiative
Veronica Sartore (Padova, Spain), team member for The Night of Religions of Barcelona and Bridge Builders of Barcelona through AUDIR
Shinji Marina Tirado (Caracas, Venezuela), Zen Buddhist nun, radio host and president of Circle of Cooperation for Dialogue
When:
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 1 pm (EDT) / 10 am (PDT)

Apr
6
Thu
2017
Montgomery County Food Security Plan Public Launch Event
Apr 6 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us to discuss this five-year collaborative strategy to fight hunger in our County.

Many of our neighbors are deeply entrenched in poverty, and 70,000 of them are unsure of where or when they will get their next meal. This plan is the blueprint for how every local business, nonprofit, government agency and resident can contribute to ensuring all County residents have access to sufficient, nutritious food.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover what you can do to fight food insecurity.

Apr
23
Sun
2017
“Displaced Persons: Struggles to Find a Home”
Apr 23 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm