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DC Mayor's Office of Religious Affairs The Office of Religious Affairs cultivate policies that engage community and faith-based organizati

The Office of Religious Affairs cultivate policies that engage community and faith-based organizations in the creation of citywide programs and initiatives across multiple disciplines. The Office of Religious affairs also seek to establish and coordinate effective collaborations between District of Columbia government agencies and the faith community in addressing citywide issues. In addition, the

The Office of Religious Affairs cultivate policies that engage community and faith-based organizations in the creation of citywide programs and initiatives across multiple disciplines. The Office of Religious affairs also seek to establish and coordinate effective collaborations between District of Columbia government agencies and the faith community in addressing citywide issues. In addition, the

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09/11/2022

On this day, we remember six members of the DCPS family we lost 21 years ago: students Asia Cottom, Bernard Brown, and Rodney Dickens, and teachers Hilda Taylor, James Debeuneure, and Sarah Clark.

They were chosen to participate in a trip to study ecology in California beside National Geographic Society researchers. On September 11, 2001, less than 35 minutes into the trip, their flight was hijacked. At 9:37 a.m., the plane crashed into the Pentagon. All passengers on board were killed, and 125 Pentagon employees lost their lives.
Asia was a new student at Backus Middle School. Her father worked at the school as a coach and a classroom aide. Teachers remembered Asia as kindhearted and eager to help her classmates.

Bernard was the type of student who kept teachers on their toes at Leckie Elementary School. Bernard’s teachers agreed that he was showing real progress, and that was one of the reasons why he was recommended to participate in the trip. He loved basketball and wanted to play professionally one day.
Rodney always made the honor roll at Ketcham Elementary School. His mother expected him to be a role model for his two younger brothers, as his two older sisters had been for him. His favorite activity was watching professional wrestling—no matter what he was doing, “…he made it home to see wrestling,” his aunt remembered.

Asia, Bernard, and Rodney were each 11 years old.
Hilda Taylor was a veteran teacher at Leckie Elementary School, teaching 6th grade. Originally from Sierra Leone, she immigrated to the United States to create a better life for her family. Ms. Taylor was a mother and a grandmother.

James Debeuneure returned to the classroom as a second career. He was a 5th grade teacher at Ketcham Elementary School. He was known for arriving early and leaving late. Mr. Debeuneure was a father of three.

Sarah Clark began teaching in DCPS in 1965 and worked as a 6th grade teacher at Backus Middle School. She was engaged to be married. Ms. Clark was a mother of two.

Asia, Bernard, Rodney, Hilda, James, and Sarah are forever in our hearts. Our deepest sympathies remain with their families.

09/11/2022

Today, we commemorate the 21st anniversary of 9/11— remembering the lives of the DC students and teachers we tragically lost.

While honoring the bravery of the first responders who put their lives on the line to keep us safe.

08/20/2022

Join us this Saturday as we help preserve African American burial grounds to establish a peaceful and respectful place for families to visit their loved ones! Link in bio to RSVP 💥

08/08/2022

Today, join the DC Office of Racial Equity for the final Racial Equity Engagement Forum. Input received from residents will help shape the District’s Racial Equity Action Plan that will set the direction for all DC Gov agencies for the next three years.

⏰6PM
📍2730 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave SE

07/15/2022

Beginning July 16, anyone experiencing a mental health, substance use, or suicidal crisis can dial 9-8-8 to be connected to locally operated crisis centers.

This three-digit number, launching nationwide, makes it easier for people in crisis to access lifesaving support.

Additionally, the DC Department of Behavioral Health will continue to operate the 24-hour Mental Health Hotline.

Anyone who feels anxious, depressed, or wants to talk about their mental health before it gets to a crisis is encouraged to call the DC Department of Behavioral Health at 1-888-793-4357.

Learn more: tinyurl.com/988Lifeline

07/10/2022

To every DC resident celebrating , may this season of sacrifice and devotion bring you blessings and prosperity.

Eid al-Adha Mubarak! 🌙

Faith in Vaccine Walk-Up Vaccination Sites are available for 1st dose, 2nd dose, and boosters. Pfizer vaccines for resid...
07/07/2022

Faith in Vaccine Walk-Up Vaccination Sites are available for 1st dose, 2nd dose, and boosters.

Pfizer vaccines for residents 12 years and older will be available at the walk-up vaccination sites listed.

Visit: coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccine to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs and  DC Mayor's Office of Religious Affairs’ District of Pride LGBTQ+ Prayer Breakfast
06/23/2022

Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs and DC Mayor's Office of Religious Affairs’ District of Pride LGBTQ+ Prayer Breakfast

Join Mayor Bowser and DC Mayor's Office of Religious Affairs at the  SOMETHING IN THE WATER Pop-Up Church Service today ...
06/19/2022

Join Mayor Bowser and DC Mayor's Office of Religious Affairs at the SOMETHING IN THE WATER Pop-Up Church Service today at 12PM. Director Thomas L. Bowen provided curatorial support. Members of the Mayor’s Interfaith Council and other DC faith leaders will provide prayers and inspiration. All ages are welcome and admission is free.

06/14/2022
06/10/2022

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06/10/2022

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Faith in Vaccine Pop-Up Clinics are available for 1st dose, 2nd dose, and boosters.

Pfizer vaccines for residents 12 years and older will be available at the walk-up vaccination sites listed.

Visit: http://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccine to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

We were happy to join with Mayor Bowser today for the ribbon cutting of Riggs Park Place with our very own Director Thom...
06/09/2022

We were happy to join with Mayor Bowser today for the ribbon cutting of Riggs Park Place with our very own Director Thomas Bowen as a member of the Black Homeownership Strike Force.

Today Director Thomas L. Bowen represented Mayor Bowser at the Memorial Day commemoration at Mount Zion and Female Union...
05/30/2022

Today Director Thomas L. Bowen represented Mayor Bowser at the Memorial Day commemoration at Mount Zion and Female Union Band Society Cemetery. A tribute to those buried there and to the many slain in recent attacks by gun violence.

05/30/2022

Freedom does not come freely.

This , we honor the men and women who paid the ultimate price in service to our country.

Today Director  Thomas L. Bowen received his 2nd booster shot. Faith in Vaccine Pop-Up Clinics are available for 1st dos...
05/12/2022

Today Director Thomas L. Bowen received his 2nd booster shot. Faith in Vaccine Pop-Up Clinics are available for 1st dose, 2nd dose, and boosters.

Visit: coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccine to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Get tested. Get vaccinated.

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05/12/2022

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Faith in Vaccine Pop-Up Clinics are available for 1st dose, 2nd dose, and boosters.

Pfizer vaccines for residents 12 years and older will be available at the walk-up vaccination sites listed.

Visit: http://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccine to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Today Director Thomas L. Bowen delivered greetings at Masjid Muhammad DC, The Nation's Mosque’s Eid Al-Fitr on behalf of...
05/02/2022

Today Director Thomas L. Bowen delivered greetings at Masjid Muhammad DC, The Nation's Mosque’s Eid Al-Fitr on behalf of Mayor Bowser. Eid Mubarak to all of our residents celebrating .

05/02/2022

Happy to all who are celebrating here in the District and around the world. As you mark the end of the holy month, may your days ahead be filled with community and blessings.

04/30/2022
Today we joined with Mayor Bowser and DC Mayor's Office of Women's Policy & Initiatives to witness and celebrate the ded...
04/29/2022

Today we joined with Mayor Bowser and DC Mayor's Office of Women's Policy & Initiatives to witness and celebrate the dedication of Thea Bowman Drive at The Catholic University of America. A fitting tribute for an African American woman of faith who let her little light shine. Thank you Catholic University and Cardinal Wilton Gregory.

Celebrating  at Mayor Bowser’s Spring Cleanup in Ward 6. We are all called to be better stewards of the Earth.
04/23/2022

Celebrating at Mayor Bowser’s Spring Cleanup in Ward 6. We are all called to be better stewards of the Earth.

Join the Mayor’s Office on African American Strategic Engagement (DC Mayor's Office on African-American Affairs and DC M...
04/20/2022

Join the Mayor’s Office on African American Strategic Engagement (DC Mayor's Office on African-American Affairs and DC Mayor's Office of Religious Affairs) on Saturday, April 23, for Mayor Bowser’s Annual Spring Cleanup!
Location: Rosedale Recreation Center
1701 Gales Street NE
To RSVP: tinyurl.com/DCAnnualSpringCleanWard6

04/15/2022

To all DC residents celebrating , I wish you and your loved ones peace, joy, and perseverance in this season.

Chag Pesach Sameach!

Today we celebrated the ribbon cutting of a new 100% affordable apartment building located in the Mt. Vernon Triangle ne...
04/13/2022

Today we celebrated the ribbon cutting of a new 100% affordable apartment building located in the Mt. Vernon Triangle neighborhood— Liberty Place. Mayor Bowser is determined to build 12,000 affordable units by 2025. We need the faith community. Thank you, Mount Caramel Baptist Church.

04/08/2022

History has been made and we are ready to celebrate! Come out to tomorrow’s “She Will Rise” mural unveiling where we’ll honor DC native, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.

📆 Saturday, April 9th
⏰ 12PM

04/04/2022

“Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” Today, we pause to reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a civil rights icon, pastor and father. Though his life was tragically ended 54 years ago today, his legacy of peaceful resistance, justice and equality will remain with us forever.

04/03/2022

Peace and blessings to all DC residents and those around the world celebrating Ramadan! May this season be filled with reflection and joy.

Last night we hosted a dynamic panel of women faith leaders from across the District on behalf of Mayor Bowser at Howard...
03/25/2022

Last night we hosted a dynamic panel of women faith leaders from across the District on behalf of Mayor Bowser at Howard University School of Divinity for . Thank you to everyone who joined us to hear their stories.

03/24/2022
Join us at Howard University School of Divinity today at 6pm as we hear from women faith leaders from the District! You ...
03/24/2022

Join us at Howard University School of Divinity today at 6pm as we hear from women faith leaders from the District! You don’t want to miss this inspiring conversation on the challenges and triumphs of women clergy.

TOMORROW‼️ Join us at Howard University School of Divinity as we hear from women faith leaders from the District! You do...
03/23/2022

TOMORROW‼️ Join us at Howard University School of Divinity as we hear from women faith leaders from the District! You don’t want to miss this inspiring conversation on the challenges and triumphs of women clergy.

It’s  and we are celebrating by bringing together four dynamic women faith leaders from across our city to highlight the...
03/22/2022

It’s and we are celebrating by bringing together four dynamic women faith leaders from across our city to highlight their contributions to the District, the challenges women in clergy face, and to call attention to pressing issues in the faith community that they are addressing.

The panel discussion will feature:

1) Rev. Dr., Yolanda Pierce, Dean of the Howard University School of Divinity

2) Chaplain Lauren Schreiber, Founder of Center DC

3) Rabbi Sarah Krinsky of Adas Israel Congregation - Washington, DC

4) Rev. Dr. Stacey Cole Wilson of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church

You don’t want to miss this conversation! Join us this Thursday at Howard University Divinity School. Parking available!

Holy Quran Exhibition at the Shaw Neighborhood Library sponsored by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
03/20/2022

Holy Quran Exhibition at the Shaw Neighborhood Library sponsored by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Great meeting with the Oromo Orthodox Church family and their leadership. Looking forward to working together to make su...
03/20/2022

Great meeting with the Oromo Orthodox Church family and their leadership. Looking forward to working together to make sure that they are able to thrive. Thank you for your commitment to our city.

‼️Tomorrow‼️ Join Mayor Bowser as she highlights investments in the Legacy Initiative to help longtime District business...
03/20/2022

‼️Tomorrow‼️ Join Mayor Bowser as she highlights investments in the Legacy Initiative to help longtime District businesses remain and thrive in DC.

📅Monday, March 21
⏲️11:00 AM
💻RSVP: tinyurl.com/FairShotLegacy
📍4248 Benning Rd NE, Washington, DC

This morning Director Thomas L. Bowen representative Mayor Bowser and brought greetings at the Interdenominational Churc...
03/18/2022

This morning Director Thomas L. Bowen representative Mayor Bowser and brought greetings at the Interdenominational Church Ushers' Association of Washington, DC & Vicinity, Inc. Eastern Region Church Ushers' Association 65th Annual Conference.

Join us tomorrow at the 4th Annual FITDC HerStory 5K as we celebrate the history-making women of Washington, DC!🗺 Freedo...
03/18/2022

Join us tomorrow at the 4th Annual FITDC HerStory 5K as we celebrate the history-making women of Washington, DC!

🗺 Freedom Plaza
📆 Saturday, March 19th
⏱ 9:00 a.m.

Register Today:
http://herstory5k.com

Join us at the 4th Annual FITDC HerStory 5K as we celebrate the history-making women of Washington, DC!🗺 Freedom Plaza📆 ...
03/16/2022

Join us at the 4th Annual FITDC HerStory 5K as we celebrate the history-making women of Washington, DC!

🗺 Freedom Plaza
📆 Saturday, March 19th
⏱ 9:00 a.m.

Register Today: http://herstory5k.com

03/14/2022
This morning at the Wards 7 & 8 Quarterly Meeting (virtual) Director Thomas L. Bowen will provide our office update. Imm...
03/12/2022

This morning at the Wards 7 & 8 Quarterly Meeting (virtual) Director Thomas L. Bowen will provide our office update. Immediately following there will be an Active Shooter Awareness and Preparedness Training for Faith Leaders and Congregants.

03/08/2022
Photos from DC Mayor's Office of Women's Policy & Initiatives's post
03/08/2022

Photos from DC Mayor's Office of Women's Policy & Initiatives's post

Today Mayor Bowser delivered the keynote address at University of the District of Columbia’s Founders’ Day 2022 Convocat...
02/17/2022

Today Mayor Bowser delivered the keynote address at University of the District of Columbia’s Founders’ Day 2022 Convocation and renewed her commitment to DC’s best & brightest. Director Bowen offered the invocation and benediction. “We praise our UDC…OUR GLORIOUS UDC.”

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02/16/2022

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Faith in Vaccine Walk-Up Vaccination Sites are available for 1st dose, 2nd dose, and boosters.

Pfizer vaccines for residents 12 years and older will be available at the walk-up vaccination site below.

Visit: http://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccine to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Join us on February 17, as we break ground on and reveal the name of the new hospital at the St Elizabeths East Campus!📆...
02/15/2022
St Elizabeths East Hospital Groundbreaking and Naming Ceremony

Join us on February 17, as we break ground on and reveal the name of the new hospital at the St Elizabeths East Campus!

📆 February 17, 2022
⏱ 12:00 PM
🗺 2700 Martin Luther King Ave SE (Enter at Red Lot)

Register at:

St Elizabeths East Campus Groundbreaking and Naming Ceremony

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It's Day 2 of our Youth Local Mission! Today, our Youth are excited to meet with House Majority Whip, Congressman James E. Clyburn and Rev. Thomas Bowen, Director of the DC Mayor's Office of Religious Affairs.
DC! It’s time to cast your vote for Mayor Bowser Presents the 36th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards! DC residents have until July 27th at 5pm to vote and make a difference. Help us celebrate DC’s amazing creatives! Head to www.dcmayorsartsawards.com to cast your vote.

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Reminder: On Wed., June 30, from 6-7 p.m. DC Mayor's Office of Religious Affairs, HSEMA, and FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 3 are hosting an informational session about FEMA’s COVID-19 funeral assistance program. Please share with those impacted by the loss of a loved one due to COVID-19.
Did you know financial assistance for funeral expenses is available for families impacted by the loss of a loved one from COVID-19? DC Mayor's Office of Religious Affairs, DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, and FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency are hosting an informational session about the program on Wed., June 30, from 6-7 p.m.
Did you know financial assistance for funeral expenses is available for families impacted by the loss of a loved one from COVID-19? DC Mayor's Office of Religious Affairs , DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency , and FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency are hosting an informational session about the program on Wed., June 30, from 6-7 p.m.
Did you know financial assistance for funeral expenses is available for families impacted by the loss of a loved one from COVID-19? DC Mayor's Office of Religious Affairs, DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, and FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency are hosting an informational session about the program on Wed., June 30, from 6-7 p.m.
Join us for a webinar hosted by DC Mayor's Office of Religious Affairs, DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, and FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday, June 30, from 6-7 p.m. about the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program.

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Learn more about the program: fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance
We want to thank Mayor Bowser , DC Mayor's Office on African Affairs ,DC Mayor's Office of Religious Affairs , Chef Jocelyn Law-Yone of Thamee, Director Vohra of Asian American LEAD (AALEAD) as well as our partners of the HopeFest Action Committee for a robust & promising dialogue to address all bias and standing in solidarity to bring communities together!
The nomination round for the 36th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards is open now through June 28th at 5pm! Let your voice be heard and visit www.dcmayorsartsawards.com to nominate your favorite and to stay up to date about all things .

This year’s Mayor’s Arts Awards celebrates, showcases, and honors the District’s diverse and innovative creative culture and the Creatives behind it. The and in the is bursting at the seams and at this year’s Mayor’s Arts Awards we will open it up to the world and showcase the explosion and infusion of creativity within all 8 Wards of DC! This year’s celebration will be an experience that will include dynamic showcases, local celebrities, your favorite creative and arts professionals, shout outs from all 8 Wards, and some surprise guests!

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DC Health, in partnership with DC Mayor's Office of Religious Affairs, will host a vaccination clinic for DC residents at Masjid Muhammad, on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8. Please call 202-483-8832 to register.
Thank you Mayor Bowser and Thomas L. Bowen for the statement related to threats against immigrant neighbors in DC!

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