Ramadan Stirs County’s Interfaith Spirit

Interfaith relations in our region were on the increase during the Islamic holy season of Ramadan, which ended in July. Rev. Mansfield Kaseman, the county’s interfaith community liaison, attended a wide range of Ramadan-related events–many of them crossing faith lines. These included an Iftar dinner at the Executive Office Building co-sponsored by the County Executive, the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation, and the Montgomery County Muslim Council; a joint Ramadan celebration between St. James Episcopal Church and the Islamic Community Center of Potomac; an Iftar dinner at the new $100 million Turkish-American Community Center in Laurel; and a Ramadan program and dinner for the RUMI Center of Rockville, hosted by the Gaithersburg Interfaith Alliance at the Ascension Episcopal Church. Rev. Kaseman also addressed a crowd from throughout the region at the IAAAM Mosque in Silver Spring during the holy month.

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