DC Mayor's Office of Religious Affairs

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

Office of Religious Affairs collaborate with the Mayor's Interfaith Council to provide outside input into partnerships and other issues of concern to the religious community.

05/05/2023
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04/22/2023

Photos from DC Mayor's Office on African-American Affairs's post

04/21/2023
Today! Doors open at 10am.
04/17/2023

Today! Doors open at 10am.

To celebrate DC Emancipation Day, which freed 3,000 enslaved individuals in DC join us at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture for a day filled with live performances & guided conversations.

Mayor Bowser DC Mayor's Office of Community Affairs

April 17
🕑10:00 AM-5:30 PM
Register ⬇️
nmaahc.si.edu/districtday

04/17/2023

H/T Tambra Raye

Washington, DC was a slave holding city. That's why today we celebrate DC Emancipation Day. Churches became a source of community building to express Black freedom, celebrations, organizing, and educating our youth.

Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, built in 1838, stood for freedom in the heart of Washington, D.C. The church was an active site on the Underground Railroad, a center for wartime relief for those fleeing slavery, and a political meeting hall for D.C.’s African American community. Like many Black churches during the period, Union Bethel AME cast its net wide and changed countless lives.

Union Bethel and Israel Bethel merged to form Metropolitan AME after emancipation, counting Frederick Douglass among its many members. The congregation constructed an impressive new church with donations from around the country. They honored African Methodist Episcopal history with this stained-glass window.

Churches, abolitionist societies, and local African American communities founded Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) soon after the Civil War. Howard University was founded in 1867.

African Americans pushed for citizenship well before the end of slavery in the nation. The following declaration from 1853 was a constant refrain raised within the Black community, even as African Americans fought to exercise citizenship granted by the 14th Amendment.

Source: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Today, we joined National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, SHIN DC: Sephardic Heritage INternational DC, ...
04/17/2023

Today, we joined National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, SHIN DC: Sephardic Heritage INternational DC, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and DC neighbors for the “Taste of Mimouna!” Mayor Bowser proclaimed April 16, 2023 in DC as Mimouna - A Festival of Good Neighbors Day. Unity, goodwill, and friendship are DC Values.

04/10/2023

Join us for our annual Celebration. 🎉

This is an event for the entire family, as we celebrate the emancipation of 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia in 1862.

RSVP ➡️ tinyurl.com/DCEmancipationDay23
Learn more ➡️ bit.ly/3b7kaB6

04/09/2023

To our neighbors in the District and around the world who are celebrating the holiday, Happy Easter!

Director Thomas L. Bowen provided his monthly update at the Ward 8 Clergy and Faith Leaders Network Monthly Meeting whic...
04/08/2023

Director Thomas L. Bowen provided his monthly update at the Ward 8 Clergy and Faith Leaders Network Monthly Meeting which included info on DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency’s Faith Based Community Preparedness Webinar taking place on 4/13 10am-12pm.

RVSP at tinyurl.com/7h6wvde7

04/05/2023

Chag Pesach Sameach to DC residents celebrating Passover!

We wish you a meaningful holiday filled with tradition, gathering, and joy.

04/04/2023

April is Deaf History Month!

Let's take this opportunity to celebrate the ways that Deaf communities have shaped our city and our world, and let's reaffirm our commitment to promoting accessibility and inclusivity for all.

Today, we co-convened the Pastoral Coalition Advisory Committee meeting with Washington Metropolitan Police Dept. 3rd Di...
03/28/2023

Today, we co-convened the Pastoral Coalition Advisory Committee meeting with Washington Metropolitan Police Dept. 3rd District and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice to create partnerships to work together to prevent violence and bring positivity and optimism to our neighborhoods.

On this the last Sunday in   we joined with DC Mayor's Office of Women's Policy & Initiatives and DC Mayor's Office on A...
03/26/2023

On this the last Sunday in we joined with DC Mayor's Office of Women's Policy & Initiatives and DC Mayor's Office on African-American Affairs to attend service at Brown Memorial AME Church on . Brown was founded in 1883 and is led by Rev. Dr. Marlene Mitchell, member of Mayor Bowser’s Interfaith Council.

Yesterday, Director Thomas L. Bowen met with Rabbi Susan Shankman, senior rabbi of Washington Hebrew Congregation to dis...
03/22/2023

Yesterday, Director Thomas L. Bowen met with Rabbi Susan Shankman, senior rabbi of Washington Hebrew Congregation to discuss future collaboration and to congratulate her on behalf of Mayor Bowser. Rabbi Shankman is the first female senior rabbi at the 170-year-old Reform congregation.

03/21/2023

It's important that our city's young people get the support and resources they need.

All youth in in need of any type of support: DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services is here to assist and point you in the right direction.

🗓 Wednesday, March 22
📍2041 MLK Jr. Ave SE
⏰ 4:30PM

02/25/2023

Are you a returning citizen interested in building or launching your business?

Through the WeAspire Training and Pitch Competition, you will receive training, participate in a pitch competition, and get an award of $2,000+.

Applications close 2/28 ➡️ tinyurl.com/WeAspire2023

02/21/2023

Please join Mayor Bowser on Thursday at 11am as we celebrate the unveiling of the new Anacostia Art and Culture District! 🖼️

🗓️ Thursday, 2/23
⏰ 11 AM
🗺️ The Open Lot at
(1234 Good Hope Rd SE)

Photos from DC Mayor's Office on African-American Affairs's post
02/12/2023

Photos from DC Mayor's Office on African-American Affairs's post

Our Budget Engagement Forums give residents the chance to engage in the budget process and tell us where they want funds...
02/10/2023

Our Budget Engagement Forums give residents the chance to engage in the budget process and tell us where they want funds allocated.
Join us tomorrow for our final forum!
⏰ 11AM
📍 1700 E. Capitol Street, NE

RSVP ➡️ http://tinyurl.com/FY24Eastern

Photos from DC Mayor's Office on African-American Affairs's post
02/10/2023

Photos from DC Mayor's Office on African-American Affairs's post

02/09/2023

Do you need to submit your individual income tax form? Register a new business? Find out more about DC Tax Code?

MyTax.DC.gov is your one-stop shop for all of your tax needs.

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02/09/2023

Photos from DC Mayor's Office on African-American Affairs's post

02/08/2023

Today, we celebrate Howard University School of Divinity Professor and Dean Yolanda Pierce—Scholar, Writer and Womanist Theologian. We laud her contributions and dedication to sharing Black America's faith stories and traditions. She is also the former chair of Mayor Bowser’s Interfaith Council.

The FY24 budget planning season is here!We want input from all residents. Share your ideas during this week's Budget Eng...
02/06/2023

The FY24 budget planning season is here!
We want input from all residents. Share your ideas during this week's Budget Engagement Forums. 🧠

🗓 Thurs, Feb.9
⏰6PM
📍Jackson-Reed HS

🗓Sat, Feb. 11
⏰11AM
📍Eastern HS

RSVP: budget.dc.gov

02/01/2023

It's Black History Month, DC!

Let’s use this month to amplify Black stories, elevate Black voices, and learn how to best advance racial justice and equity year-round.

01/28/2023
Join us today (3PM), at Franklin Park, as we commemorate MLK Day and the spirit of giving by donating new and lightly us...
01/15/2023

Join us today (3PM), at Franklin Park, as we commemorate MLK Day and the spirit of giving by donating new and lightly used gloves to those in need. This event will be filled with music and fellowship.

Join us on January 15, at Franklin Park, as we commemorate MLK Day and the spirit of giving by donating new and lightly ...
01/05/2023

Join us on January 15, at Franklin Park, as we commemorate MLK Day and the spirit of giving by donating new and lightly used gloves to those in need. This event will be filled with music and fellowship.

01/04/2023
01/01/2023

Two opportunities to join me tomorrow as we kick off my third term as Mayor of Washington, DC:

🗓 Interfaith Prayer Service
⏰ 8AM – 9AM
📍Sixth & I Synagogue

🗓 Swearing-in Ceremony
⏰ 9:30AM -12PM
📍Convention Center

RSVP here: dcproud2023.com

12/26/2022

blessings to all who celebrate! Each of the 7 days is dedicated to 1 of these principles:

Umoja: Unity
Kujichagulia: Self-Determination
Ujima: Collective Work & Responsibility
Ujamaa: Cooperative Economics
Nia: Purpose
Kuumba: Creativity
Imani: Faith

12/25/2022

Merry Christmas DC 🎄🎊

May all of your homes be filled with peace and joy this holiday season.

12/19/2022
Ward 7 & 8 Faith Leaders 2nd Annual Prayer Breakfast
12/17/2022

Ward 7 & 8 Faith Leaders 2nd Annual Prayer Breakfast

12/01/2022

Today, join us and our partners for an evening of reflection, celebration, & rejuvenation as we acknowledge

⏰ 4PM
📍 1333 H St NE

RSVP ➡️ https://tinyurl.com/WADDC2022

Mayor Muriel Bowser's 24th Annual Senior Holiday Celebration
11/28/2022
Mayor Muriel Bowser's 24th Annual Senior Holiday Celebration

Mayor Muriel Bowser's 24th Annual Senior Holiday Celebration

We’re excited to celebrate with you at Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 24th Annual Senior Holiday Celebration. This year’s celebration will be at the DC Armory2001 East Capitol Street SE,Washington, DC 20003 The celebration will take place on December 6 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.   This event is ope...

11/22/2022

Thanksgiving is almost here! Stay safe by washing your hands after touching raw meat, cooking your Turkey to 165°F, and refrigerating your leftovers within 2 hours.

11/17/2022

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.

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Washington D.C., DC
20004

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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+12024428150

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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!

Mayor Bowser DC's Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development DC Mayor's Office on African-American Affairs DC Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs DC Mayor's Office on African Affairs Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs Mayor's Office of Nightlife & Culture DC Mayor's Office of Religious Affairs Washington DC Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs Serve DC DC Mayor's Office of Women's Policy & Initiatives
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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