Events

Events.

All programs are open to all leaders of faith communities.

 

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
May
4
Thu
2017
Securing Houses of Worship
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 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.

May
8
Mon
2017
Civility in Action: Dialogues Across Difference
May 8 @ 7:00 pm
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.

Directions

May
10
Wed
2017
LSS Expressions of Abundance Breakfast
May 10 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

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 tkillinger@gmail.com).

May
15
Mon
2017
Emotional Spiritual Care Volunteer (ESCV) Training
May 15 all-day

DEADLINE to SUBMIT APPLICATIONS is Monday, May 15 to become a certified Montgomery County Emotional Spiritual Care Volunteer (ESCV)!

DETAILS 

To be selected to participate, you must click here to fill out an online application or fill out a paper application attached here and email it to fcwg2013@gmail.com.

WHEN

Thursday, June 15
9am – 4pm

May
20
Sat
2017
Refugee Fair
May 20 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

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 may20refugees@gmail.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