Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington

Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington A platform for faith communities to unite as one voice for the respect and dignity of all. Created in 1978, the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC) brings together eleven historic faith communities to promote dialogue, understanding and a sense of community among persons of diverse faiths and to work cooperatively for social and economic justice in metropolitan Washington.

IFC members are the Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Latter-day Saints, Muslim, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Sikh and Zoroastrian faith communities. We work towards creating a just community through coalition-building, education, training and advocacy, by uniting diverse faith leaders to speak and act together, networking with other groups, publishing community resources and holding public events involving music, award ceremonies and lectures. We also work to deepen mutual interfaith understanding through a thoughtful process of dialogue.

Mission: To create an inclusive community of diverse faiths in our nation's capital focused on the values that unite us and the distinctions that make each tradition unique.

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Sometimes we find opportunity and diversity in the most unexpected places. A town of 145 people in the Colorado mountain...
01/21/2021
Religions of the world come together in remote Colorado mountain town | OutThere Colorado

Sometimes we find opportunity and diversity in the most unexpected places. A town of 145 people in the Colorado mountains is host to at least seven different faith traditions. Crestone is home to natural wonders and spiritual centers known to leave lifelong impacts on those who visit from the Spanish settlers who first wrote of the mountains to modern-day spiritual seekers. Learn more here: https://www.outtherecolorado.com/adventures/religions-of-the-world-come-together-in-remote-colorado-mountain-town/article_4bcd04c2-4f93-11eb-80af-93ca0c6378dc.amp.html #interfaith #AllFaithsOneFamily

Many spiritual sanctuaries of the world’s religions can be found in the small mountain town of Crestone, Colorado.

The "Statement of Consciousness" is a document that has been signed by over 750 religious leaders from various faiths ac...
01/20/2021
How four interfaith leaders are finding moral clarity in troubling times | Opinion

The "Statement of Consciousness" is a document that has been signed by over 750 religious leaders from various faiths across the country, vowing to defend democracy, stand up for the common good, and recognize the inherent worth in each person. This article in the Tennessean explains the pact, how it applies to our current challenges, and how we can come together for a brighter tomorrow: https://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/2020/10/30/four-interfaith-leaders-finding-moral-clarity-troubling-times/6091861002/ #AllFaithsOneFamily #interfaith #WIROCWednesday

More than 750 leaders of different faith traditions from across the state and nation have signed onto a new "Statement of Conscience."

The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) and Washington National Cathedral announced the Virtual Presidential Inaugura...
01/19/2021
Washington National Cathedral

The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) and Washington National Cathedral announced the Virtual Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service on Thursday, January 21, at 10:00 AM ET. Then-President Joe Biden will join the virtual event hosted by the Washington National Cathedral, and the service will be livestreamed at https://bideninaugural.org/watch and https://cathedral.org with closed captioning and ASL provided.

The diverse program will include prayers, readings, blessings, and hymns from interfaith leaders, celebrated artists, and other inspiring voices who will come together to mark the beginning of a new national journey that restores the soul of America, brings the country together, and creates a path to a brighter future. #AllFaithsOneFamily

Explore the history, beauty and spiritual life of Washington National Cathedral, where America comes together to be transformed and inspired.

"I love how much Christians love God and cleanliness!" #TestimonialTuesday
01/19/2021

"I love how much Christians love God and cleanliness!" #TestimonialTuesday

01/18/2021

At IFC, we are continuing our new video series, Kindness Starts Here! We invite you to appreciate the diverse perspectives on kindness offered through these videos. IFC values the commonalities and the differences that exist among these faith traditions. The ideas expressed in the videos reflect the speakers' own views and not an official position of the IFC's. This week's video features a #AMEZionChurchFaith perspective on #KindnessStartsHere from Rev. Dr. Christopher L. Zacharias. Check it out.

IFC would like to wish everyone a happy and soulful Martin Luther King Jr. Day. His role as a civil rights activist is o...
01/18/2021
Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | Martin Luther King Jr. as Pastor

IFC would like to wish everyone a happy and soulful Martin Luther King Jr. Day. His role as a civil rights activist is of upmost importance today, but as this PBS NewsWeek video reminds us, his roles as a child of God and pastor were central to his identity. Click to watch and learn how Dr. King's faith influenced his life and the countless lives he changed: https://www.pbs.org/video/religion-ethics-newsweekly-martin-luther-king-jr-as-pastor/

#MLKDay #AllFaithsOneFamily #ChristianFaith

The role of pastor may be one of the most overlooked sides of Martin Luther King Jr.

Interfaith dialogue is a practice, one that takes time and continuous learning. The Light Foundation works to build brid...
01/14/2021

Interfaith dialogue is a practice, one that takes time and continuous learning. The Light Foundation works to build bridges between people of all religions and backgrounds, and sometimes that means meeting people where they are. This article from the Lancashire Post includes one story of a man who attended an interfaith meeting believing those different from him meant him harm, and he left a friend.
https://www.lep.co.uk/news/people/prestons-interfaith-light-foundation-bringing-communities-together-were-all-human-beings-and-thats-beautiful-3062087
#interfaith

IFC is proud to announce that we are one of the finalists for the fourth annual American Civic Collaboration Awards, or ...
01/13/2021

IFC is proud to announce that we are one of the finalists for the fourth annual American Civic Collaboration Awards, or “Civvys,” as they have come to be known.

The Civvys are the only national awards program dedicated to celebrating projects that emphasize working together across divides to strengthen communities and empower citizens. By leveraging collaboration as a core strength, these initiatives put community and nation before party, ideology, and narrow interests, embodying a civic spirit that inspires other Americans to take action. This year, in addition to collaboration, impact and scalability, award criteria included an emphasis on building a more diverse and equitable America. Award winners will be announced in a livestreamed, virtual ceremony in March 2021. For more information: https://www.civvys.org/

01/13/2021

Learn a bit about the #SikhFaith as you admire this piece of art made by young Jaipreet Kaur in honor of COVID-19 patients and the isolation many of us are feeling. Her Sikh community in Victoria has been helping people around the world get food and other necessities during times of financial and health-related hardship. Watch the video to learn more about how her faith has fostered her sense of service and community.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsgky5azhRI

You can learn more about the Manningham Interfaith Network and their work here: http://www.manninghaminterfaithnetwork.org.au/ #WIROCWednesday #AllFaithsOneFamily

"As a Hindu, I admire the spirit of service in Judaism." #TestimonialTuesday
01/12/2021

"As a Hindu, I admire the spirit of service in Judaism." #TestimonialTuesday

01/12/2021
Kindness Starts Here! A Baha'i Perspective

At IFC, we are continuing our new video series, Kindness Starts Here! We invite you to appreciate the diverse perspectives on kindness offered through these videos. IFC values the commonalities and the differences that exist among these faith traditions. The ideas expressed in the videos reflect the speakers' own views and not an official position of the IFC's. This week's video features a #BahaiFaith perspective on #KindnessStartsHere from Rosemary Fennell. Check it out.

"The Buddha"", whose birth name was Siddhartha Gautama, was a spiritual teacher who lived in Ancient India. He is revere...
01/08/2021

"The Buddha"", whose birth name was Siddhartha Gautama, was a spiritual teacher who lived in Ancient India. He is revered as the founder of the world religion of Buddhism. The honorific title of Buddha is also used for other beings who have achieved awakening, such as the other human Buddhas who achieved enlightenment before Gautama, the five celestial Buddhas worshiped primarily in Mahayana Buddhism, and any future human Buddhas who will eventually achieve enlightenment.

This Gandharan relief depicts the bodhisattva (future Gautama Buddha) taking a vow at the foot of Dipankara Buddha. The image is from the Art Institute of Chicago.

#FunFaithFactFriday #BuddhistFaith

On Wednesday, January 6, we at the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington were shocked and angered over the insur...
01/07/2021

On Wednesday, January 6, we at the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington were shocked and angered over the insurrection at the Capitol. Like people of goodwill throughout the DC area, we condemn such violence in our community in the strongest possible terms. All eleven of our faith traditions proclaim the virtue of peaceful resolutions to conflict and differences of opinion. To see so many people choose the path of violence — and for many of them to do so in the name of their faith — was at once heartbreaking and infuriating. Read more:
https://ifcmw.org/ifc-statement-on-the-insurrection-at-the-u-s-capitol/

In this TEDx Talk, Dr. Hayat confronts the need for peace among religions before there will be world peace. She addresse...
01/07/2021
Interfaith Relationships: The Path to Truth | Ghazala Hayat | TEDxSaintLouisUniversity

In this TEDx Talk, Dr. Hayat confronts the need for peace among religions before there will be world peace. She addresses interfaith dialogue and where we often go wrong with it, how people can be offended by well-meaning but insensitive remarks, and what we can do about it. Watch Dr. Hayat's TEDx Talk about interfaith education, common themes in all religions, and how interfaith dialogue can make us understand others and our own faith better. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M2LKgXpNL8 #interfaith #AllFaithsOneFamily

For her TEDx talk, Dr. Hayat will be discussing religious tolerance, including primary education about another religion, and using this respect and understan...

This #WIROCWednesday, read about the Interfaith Outreach Association, an organization that is close to home in Virginia....
01/06/2021
Virginia has spent more than $1 million in rent assistance in the Lynchburg area

This #WIROCWednesday, read about the Interfaith Outreach Association, an organization that is close to home in Virginia. In the fight against homelessness during the pandemic, Interfaith has helped distribute more than $1 million for rent assistance. Click to read more: https://newsadvance.com/news/local/virginia-has-spent-more-than-1-million-in-rent-assistance-in-the-lynchburg-area/article_90334746-782a-55a6-aaff-b8f2e0b3820d.html

Interfaith Outreach Association this year has helped distribute more than $1 million in rental assistance to at least 476 households in Lynchburg and its neighboring countries, according to the Virginia

Today marks the birth of Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708). After the execution of his father by Aurangzeb, Guru Gobind Sing...
01/05/2021
Please Explain: what are the Sikh five Ks?

Today marks the birth of Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708). After the execution of his father by Aurangzeb, Guru Gobind Singh was installed as the leader of the Sikhs at the age of nine. He was the tenth and final human Sikh Guru. He is honored for finalizing and enshrining the Guru Granth Sahib as Sikhism's primary scripture and eternal Guru. He also founded the Khalsa and the Five Ks, the Sikh articles of faith, which you can learn more about in this video from ABC News (Australia): https://youtu.be/Eg7A8cPlvU0 #SikhFaith

More at http://ab.co/2n5Tax9 Sikhs are instructed to wear five things at all times. Conveniently, they all begin with the letter K. Sanjeet Kaur explains.Su...

"As a Jew, I admire the commitment to community that is so prevalent amongst members of the Church of Jesus Christ of La...
01/05/2021

"As a Jew, I admire the commitment to community that is so prevalent amongst members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints." #TestimonialTuesday

01/04/2021
Kindness Starts Here! A Jewish Perspective

At IFC, we are continuing our new video series, Kindness Starts Here! We invite you to appreciate the diverse perspectives on kindness offered through these videos. IFC values the commonalities and the differences that exist among these faith traditions. The ideas expressed in the videos reflect the speakers' own views and not an official position of the IFC's. This week's video features a #JewishFaith perspective on #KindnessStartsHere from Rabbi Fred Dobb. Check it out.

Happy New Year, friends of IFC! 2020 has been a tremendous test of faith and it has provided new opportunities for creat...
01/01/2021
How different cultures celebrate the New Year

Happy New Year, friends of IFC! 2020 has been a tremendous test of faith and it has provided new opportunities for creating meaning and making connections. In the spirit of #interfaith and #intercultural understanding, check out this video on how different cultures observe the New Year, whether it be on January 1st or at another time. Share with us in the comments how you and your community mark the New Year transition! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SwFmMHEV_c

Most people follow the Gregorian calendar, which has 365 days, or 12 months in the year. So January 1st ends up being the most commonly celebrated New Year. ...

12/31/2020
Giving Starts Here

Even in the midst of a global pandemic, we will continue creating spaces, opportunities, and resources for interfaith engagement across the region. By supporting our work with a year-end gift, you help ensure that the DMV will grow in unity, peace, and strength.

Visit https://givebutter.com/give2020?blm_aid=351246

Here's a testimony to our programming from our Catholic friend, Maria: "IFC's Young Adult Dialogue on Race was brilliantly devised and it created many levels of thought-provoking reflection and engagement."
- Maria L., Catholic participant

#GivingStartsHere #IFCMWGiving

The elderly population isn't just vulnerable to COVID-19 but also to food insecurity. AARP published this podcast episod...
12/30/2020
Interfaith Ministries help during the Holidays

The elderly population isn't just vulnerable to COVID-19 but also to food insecurity. AARP published this podcast episode on what Interfaith Ministries is doing to help: https://states.aarp.org/texas/interfaith-ministries-help-during-the-holidays #WIROCWednesday #interfaith

As many struggle with what to buy that particular person for the holidays, others face the struggle of deciding whether to leave the lights on or put food on the table. As the pandemic worsens, many food insecurities may be on the rise. Many of those hit hard are ages 50+.

"I believe in all religions. They preach the same message of love and brotherhood, perhaps in different ways but with th...
12/29/2020

"I believe in all religions. They preach the same message of love and brotherhood, perhaps in different ways but with the same end. May they all work together for love and peace." #TestimonialTuesday

12/28/2020
Kindness Starts Here! A Buddhist Perspective

At IFC, we are continuing our new video series, Kindness Starts Here! We invite you to appreciate the diverse perspectives on kindness offered through these videos. IFC values the commonalities and the differences that exist among these faith traditions. The ideas expressed in the videos reflect the speakers' own views and not an official position of the IFC's. This week's video features a #BuddhistFaith perspective on #KindnessStartsHere from Matthew Regan (Rev. Bup Hee). Check it out.

Merry Christmas, Christian friends! Christmas is one of the most significant religious holidays of the Christian faith a...
12/25/2020
What the Pandemic Christmas of 1918 Looked Like

Merry Christmas, Christian friends! Christmas is one of the most significant religious holidays of the Christian faith and is broadly depicted throughout our culture in films, music, and other symbols. It commemorates the birth of the Christian Messiah, Jesus Christ, after his parents' arduous journey commencing with no suitable destination for rest. Instead, Baby Jesus was born in an animal stable to his mother Mary. As the story goes, the angels appeared to declare the arrival of the world's Savior. This Christmas might bring with it a similar sense of uprootedness and journeying into the unknown. Yet, Christians worldwide will celebrate the hope born of the humble beginnings of their God Incarnate. This article reminds us that the world endured another pandemic during Christmas of 1918: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-pandemic-christmas-1918-looked-180976541/ #ChristianFaith #Christmas2020

Concerns about the safety of gift shopping, family gatherings and church services were on Americans' minds then, too

Even in the midst of a global pandemic, we will continue creating spaces, opportunities, and resources for interfaith en...
12/24/2020

Even in the midst of a global pandemic, we will continue creating spaces, opportunities, and resources for interfaith engagement across the region. By supporting our work with a year-end gift, you help ensure that the DMV will grow in unity, peace, and strength.

Visit https://givebutter.com/give2020?blm_aid=351246

Here's a testimony to our programming from our Jewish friend, Josh: "IFC's online series 'Faith in a Time of Crisis' helped sustain my spirit and strengthen my resilience in the early months of the pandemic." - Josh Cohen, Jewish participant

#GivingStartsHere #IFCMWGiving

12/23/2020
TRAILER - Guru Nanak: The Founder of Sikhism - Life & Legacy

Airing tonight, Wednesday, December 23rd on WETA’s WORLD Channel at 8:30 pm is “Guru Nanak: the Founder of Sikhism." The documentary was created by award-winning filmmakers Producer/ Director Gerald Krell and Producer/Cinematographer Adam Krell. Based on their long-standing dedication in producing documentaries on inter-faith understanding, the producers will be honored in June 2021 with “The Interfaith Bridge Builders Award”. View the trailer: https://vimeo.com/365114894 #SikhFaith

This is "TRAILER - Guru Nanak: The Founder of Sikhism - Life & Legacy" by Auteur Productions on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people…

COVID-19 has changed Christmas not just for Christians, but for Jews too! This article from The Jewish News of Northern ...
12/23/2020
Even Christmas is different for Jews this pandemic year – J.

COVID-19 has changed Christmas not just for Christians, but for Jews too! This article from The Jewish News of Northern California tells how plans are changing for Jewish families that normally volunteer or go out for Chinese food on Christmas day. Hospital chaplain Rabbi Jeremy Sher shares how he's trying to be a shoulder to cry on for those who are "bummed out" to be in the hospital alone on Christmas. #interfaith #AllFaithsOneFamily #WIROCWednesday https://www.jweekly.com/2020/12/21/even-christmas-is-different-for-jews-this-pandemic-year/

What’s a Jew to do? The Jewish Christmas tradition of going out for Chinese food and a movie is off the table this year. But Jews are nothing if not resilient, and in the Bay Area they’re figuring out how to spend the red-and-green holiday the best way they can, from watching comedy to taking .....

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Created in 1978, the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington (IFC) brings together eleven historic faith communities to promote dialogue, understanding and a sense of community and to work cooperatively for justice throughout the DC region.

IFC members currently include the Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Jewish, Latter-day Saints, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Sikh and Zoroastrian faith communities. We work towards creating a just community through coalition-building, education, training and advocacy; by uniting diverse faith leaders to speak and act together; by publishing community resources; and by holding public events including concerts, award ceremonies, lectures, and public dialogues.

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I am delighted to have a ticket to tonight's Interfaith concert. Normally attending these kinds of events is a challenge because of having to go out somewhere to attend. All-virtual is not all bad!
Here ‘s a new, interfaith, social justice, Get Out The Vote! version of "America the Beautiful: 2020". It is sung as a stunningly soul-filled duet by Award winning Bluegrass vocalist CLAIRE LYNCH and award-winning Blues/Gospel vocalist LEA GILMORE. 20,000 have viewed it in its first week of release! https://youtu.be/IiydluD0PyM The America I dream of: celebrates the priceless contributions of immigrants and working people; holds in high esteem our citizens of every race and creed; honors our interconnectedness with our brothers and sisters throughout this ever-shrinking world; and commits itself to protecting our precious and irreplaceable Mother Earth
I want to share with you that there will be a non-partisan prayer vigil for peace on Election evening from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. The location is the SE quadrant of the National Ellipse at 15th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC. Since we are in a pandemic, CDC guideline for the wearing of masks and distancing will be observed. The prayer vigil is hosted by the Clergy Emergency League Seminarians Chapter, an official chapter of the Clergy Emergency League. It is being co-organized by seminarians of various denominations, including two Master of Divinity Students at Wesley Theological Seminary, Trent Somes and Rev. Lamika Weiss, Ministry Intern at Courts of Praise Christian Church. I am calling upon you to prayerfully unite with us in person or in spirit on election evening to ˖ Condemn all forms of political violence following the election, including intrusion by the government against peaceful protesting ˖ Come together as faith leaders and laity to lead our communities through a time of uncertainty. ˖ Call residents of the United States to love their neighbors. ˖ Call upon the government to ensure a peaceful transfer of power if one is need. ˖ Highlight the role of young leadership within faith communities in this call for peace. Again, you are asked to repost this announcement on your page. For additional information, contact Trent Somes at [email protected] or Rev. Lamika Weiss at [email protected].
I love that all these different traditions can come together in friendship.
Please join Nisa Muhammad and other speakers for Esther's Butterfly Summit which has been rescheduled to September 25th and 26th. Nisa Muhammad "is the Assistant Dean for Religious Life at Howard University. She is responsible for religious programming that serves the various needs of the campus, advocates for the religious needs of a diverse student population, teaches non academic personal enrichment classes on the Islamic tradition and works closely as part of the staff in the Office of the Dean of the Chapel where the guiding principles are Faith, Service and Justice. Her other responsibilities include organizing the Muslim worship and devotion services, counselling and advising students, faculty, staff, and responding to a myriad of questions and challenges from race to religion to relationships. Her work organizing the summer Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School program is highly accomplished and reaching national acclaim. She is the advisor to the Justice for Juniors Advocates Organization, and the Muslim Students Association. Mrs. Muhammad does amazing work with young Muslims by helping them strengthen and affirm their faith in the midst of challenging circumstances like being Black and Muslim, deciding between dropping out to be a better husband or finishing a degree and how to become more religious in a world of temptations. Her door is open to all students who find their way to her chair with questions as well as concerns about life, love and the pursuit of happiness at the Mecca as Howard University is known." Please feel free to share the attached flyers with your network. Thanks #muslim #worship #women #relationships #churches #guide #parents #adults
Dear friends, We would like to invite you to the next talk in our series Bahá'í Faith Modern Perspectives! This is a weekly talk series every ‪Saturday at 12:00pm ET‬. Each week, we have a speaker from the Baha'i Faith share his or her perspective on a topic of modern significance. After the talk, there will be time for a Q&A portion. These sessions will be recorded and redistributed in the future. The Zoom information for this week's talk is: https://gmu.zoom.us/j/93794737323 Meeting ID: 937 9473 7323 Please see the flyer below for this week's speaker, and please invite your friends!
This shared blog is from last summer, but I believe it's apt anytime...especially now with COVID-19. I know it resonates with me. Perhaps it will move you too. And we will act. Peace!
Planning on posting any belated Eid greetings??
Read this in your most recent newsletter: "Did you know... ...that Protestants find greater value in humans serving the earth, rather than exploiting it for their own benefit? This stems from the story of Adam being placed in the Garden of Eden to "till it and keep it" (Genesis 2:15). " That is a rather broad statement and possibly misleading. This may be true of SOME Protestants, but not all. There are many different kinds of Protestants. Also, this statement should not be taken to imply that other kinds of Christians (eg. Catholics) do NOT also value serving and caring for the earth.
Dear Friends, I' m happy to share on Spotify the interfaith CD tribute ‘The Invitation, songs inspired by Rumi’
Hi! I just wanted to let the Washington Interfaith Community know that a group of mothers has organized 3,000 beds with host families across the city for anyone who would like to attend the March for our Lives on Wednesday. If you know any churches looking for housing, they would love to help arrange it.
Imam Muhammad Abdul Aleem of Masjidullah Philadelphia Pa. discuss Al-Islam with Members of the Unitarian Society of Germantown Church One of our Interfaith Partners.