Here are this year’s Day of Unity events! This page will be updated as new events are confirmed. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. If you have any questions, please email us at: [email protected]
Sunday, April 18, 1:00- 3:00pm
Colors of Gratitude is Kol Ami’s project to hand color and distribute personalized gratitude cards to front line workers and others doing good deeds during the pandemic. This gathering is great for all ages with separate break out rooms for: Families with Young Children, Teens, Young Adults and the Young at Heart. We’ll host an interactive discussion about gratitude, why it’s important and what our faith teaches about it. While our minds are engaged our hands will be busy coloring templates created by acclaimed illustrator Joanne Fink. Donations are welcome, with 100% of proceeds benefitting the Capital Area Food Bank. Sign up here.
Program: Equity in Schools and the Communities Panel
April 18th, 3-4:15pm
These youth activists met the moment when it came to fighting injustice in their schools and beyond. Hear from students who are taking on issues like systemic racism and gun control. Register here.
April 22 6-8:15pm
This event is a Muslim-Jewish interfaith dialogue for college students and young professionals in the DMV area. The conversation, which will feature guest speakers, will center around combating antisemitism and Islamophobia from the outside while also addressing prejudice and misunderstanding within our own communities. We hope to bring Muslim and Jewish young adults together to learn about one another’s faiths and experiences and to use this knowledge and empathy to become better allies united against hatred. Amidst rising antisemitism and Islamophobia throughout the United States, we need to have these conversations and advance Muslim-Jewish solidarity. Our speakers before the interactive dialogue session are Sabeeha Rahman and Walter Ruby, two leading figures in Jewish – Muslim dialogue and co-authors of the newly released book “We Refuse to Be Enemies” Register here.
Welcome To My Table: Shoulder to Shoulder
April 12-May 12
Welcome to My Table connects households in one-on-one or in small groupings to virtually share an Iftar meal. We have developed a system for pairing households to one another, but you can use our resource guide with your own friends and family, neighbors and colleagues. Click here for more information.
Beloved Community Interfaith Network (BCIN) Poetry/Passage Reading Roundtable
Sunday, May 2, 2021, 1- 4pm
We invite participants to bring a poem or passage to read aloud, and time permitting, we will read them all and offer reflections on it. In the spirit of the Day of Unity, please pick a writing that reflects on any of the themes of faith, interfaith, human rights, or social justice. We held this event at the Day of Unity last year, and enjoyed readings from poets such as Maya Angelou, Joy Harjo, Langston Hughes, and Jalaluddin Rumi. To register, please email: [email protected]
Diverse Faith Perspectives on Nonviolence
Violence is all around us, whether it be mass shootings, police brutality or war. Yet many faith traditions speak to the importance of nonviolence as a value or action to be pursued. This program will explore diverse religious understandings of nonviolence and how nonviolence is being practiced by faith communities in contemporary times. Registration coming soon!
Guru Gobind Singh Foundation ~ Sikh Spiritual Center
Friday, May 7th, 6:30pm to 9:00pm
We will start with our service project, which will include packing non perishable food items for our drive thru distrubution for those families in need. Followed by a tour of our Gurudwara (Sikh Place of Worship) as well as a chance to listen to Kirtan (singing of hymns) and take home a freshly prepared vegetarian meal to share with your family. Guru Gobind Singh Foundation ~ Sikh Spiritual Center 13814 Travilah Rd, Rockville, MD 20850. Please know you will be asked to asked to remove your shoes and cover your head (please bring a scarf or bandana) and maintain a safe distance as per CD Covid guidelines, all whilst keeping your mask on ;-). Sign up here.