Events

Events.

All programs are open to all leaders of faith communities.

 

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
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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

 

May
23
Tue
2017
STAND UP! Uniting to Respond to Hate Speech & Violence
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jun
6
Tue
2017
Facing Racism in a Diverse Society: Examining Our Unconscious Bias and Its Impact on Equity and Inclusion
Jun 6 @ 6:30 pm

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 enas.elhanafi@montgomerycollege.edu

Panelists:

  • 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.

When:

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.

Ramadan Iftar Dinner will follow the discussion (Breaking Fast at Sunset)

Where:

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  

Questions? 

Email: Enas.Elhanafi@montgomerycollege.edu

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.

Jun
10
Sat
2017
The Town Hall for Montgomery County
Jun 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Town Hall for Montgomery County @ Burtonsville Elementary School Gym | Burtonsville | Maryland | United States

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 legislativeblackcaucusofmaryland.com or to RSVP please email Andy Pierre at black.caucus@house.state.md.us

 

Jun
11
Sun
2017
World Refugee Day Soccer Tournament & Fair
Jun 11 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

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. 

Tiana Gonzalez

Employment Programs Manager

Phone: 301-562-7303 Ext. 305

Email: tgonzalez@ecdcus.org

Flier

Jun
13
Tue
2017
Resources, Partners and Tips to Help Keep Your Office, House of Worship, or Community Center Safe
Jun 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

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.

When:

June 13, 2017

2:00 – 3:30 pm EDT

Registration:

Click here to register 

Click here for more resources to protect your organization

Jun
18
Sun
2017
Sacred Grounds Workshop
Jun 18 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sacred Grounds Workshop @ Temple Adat Shalom in Bethesda | Bethesda | Maryland | United States

The events will present a general message of Caring for Creation with specific focus on storm water issues (RainScapes) and conservation gardening and landscaping.

Sacred Grounds Flyer 2017

Jun
20
Tue
2017
IRC World Refugee Day Celebration
Jun 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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!