Why Another Blog?

For 40 years, the IFC has provided a space where all faith communities can speak with one voice in support of respect and dignity for all people.  Today, the need for transformational unity is even more important. At the intersection of faith traditions in our nation’s capital, we have a special opportunity to inspire each other to overcome the divisiveness which threatens to separate us from one another.  We have such a rich diversity in our DMV community and much to share about and learn from our individual experiences and perspectives.

So how can this forum contribute to mending our fractured world? Much of the programming we do at the IFC occurs over the course of an afternoon or an evening, but the discussions aren’t neatly wrapped up when the event is over. This blog is our way of continuing those conversations, or starting new ones, by delving into timely issues in a meaningful way.

In our posts you will hear from IFC staff, interns, board members, community leaders, young adult leaders and more.  Topics will include:

  • Interfaith Solidarity: Examples of individuals or communities in the DMV reaching out and supporting those of different faiths
  • Holy Envy: What adherents of one faith admire most about other faith traditions
  • Speaking with One Voice: Faith communities working together for justice and healing
  • Race and Faith: How the interplay of each affects us as individuals and in our faith communities
  • Our Bodies and Our Faith: Food and Fasting Customs across different faith traditions

We invite you to offer suggestions–through Facebook, Twitter, or by email–for topics or issues related to interfaith work that you would like to see explored on this blog.

If you are interested in becoming a guest contributor or wish to suggest one to us, please contact our blog editor Symi Rom-Rymer at [email protected]. Before sending us your submission, please review our blogging guidelines.

You may have noticed that the IFC is using a new name, “Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington,” but our mission remains the same: creation of a model of an inclusive community of diverse faiths in our nation’s capital focused on the values that unite us and the distinctions that make each faith unique.  Forty years ago, IFC was born of the conviction that diversity only strengthens the unity of our community.  Help us demonstrate that this conviction is still true with your listening hearts and, if you feel moved, your contributions of ideas and your support for our efforts.