Welcome to the 2020 Unity Walk’s Virtual Resource Fair! Here you can learn about organizations and faith communities engaged in faith-based work around the region. We encourage you to use the tabs to visit all of our Resource Fair participants, especially from 12:30 – 1 p.m. today. The Resource Fair will remain available throughout the day and after the walk. Come learn about these wonderful organizations and find out how you can get involved in support of their great work!
All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS)Largest VA/MD/DC Mosque/Muslim Community
Spanning Ashburn, Crystal City, Fairfax, Greater Gainesville, North Reston, South Riding, Sterling/Herndon, Sully/Chantilly, Tysons Corner, and Washington D.C., ADAMS is governed by a 13-member democratically elected Board of Trustees that includes both men and women. ADAMS Provides Religious services & education and social activities to several thousand people a week. ADAMS engages in regular interfaith, government relations, social services and community service, and has one of the largest Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs in the D.C. Metro area. ADAMS Coordinates 24 Friday Prayers at 11 Locations. ADAMS Eid Prayers are attended by 15,000 to 25,000 People at 6 ADAMS Eid Holiday Locations. ADAMS hosts the Adams Compassionate Healthcare Network(ACHN) Office and Clinic in partnership with Doctors, and Volunteers. Visit our website.
View the video and read the WJLA interview with Rizwan Jaka and Rabbi Lustig - "Salam and shalom: Interfaith leaders talk peace ahead of MLK Interfaith Celebration"
View the video and read the WUSA9 story about the ADAMS Virtual Ramadan celebration.
Bna'i IsraelB’nai Israel Congregation is a dynamic, warm, welcoming and inclusive Conservative synagogue in Rockville, MD committed to the spiritual growth of our members. Our community is grounded in the core values of Judaism: study of our tradition, worship of God, social action, and concern for the needs of the Jewish people worldwide. We welcome you to learn more. Visit our website.
Bet MishpachahBet Mishpachah is Washington's only Egalitarian Synagogue Embracing a Diversity of Sexual and Gender Identities, founded in 1975 by members of D.C.'s LGBTQ+ community. Bet Mishpachah is a congregation for gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, trans and queer Jews, our families, friends and allies and all who wish to participate in an inclusive, progressive, egalitarian, and mutually supportive community. We normally hold services every Friday night at 8:00 p.m. and on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month at 10:00 a.m. at the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center (EDCJCC), 1529 16th St NW, Washington, D.C., but are conducting services virtually while the EDCJCC is closed due to the COVID-19 response. Visit our website for more information. Bet Mishpachah publishes a weekly email of upcoming events. Get connected and sign up for this email with our administrator at [email protected]. Our Rabbi, Jake Singer-Beilin, guides our spiritual path, and leads or co-leads half of our Shabbat and holiday services along with our talented lay leaders.
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Catholic Charities - Diocese of Arlington Newcomer ServicesCatholic Charities, Diocese of Arlington Newcomer Services responds to the Catholic Church's call for social justice by welcoming the newcomer to this country, regardless of ethnicity, religion, nationality, or ability to pay.
Our goal is for immigrants to achieve self-sufficiency and participate fully in the greater community. We achieve this goal by offering a combination of legal consultation and representation; English-language instruction and other adult education programs; and naturalization assistance. Reach out to us at [email protected] and download our flyer.
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Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional CenterChinmaya Mission® is a worldwide Hindu organization for teaching Advaita Vedanta, the timeless knowledge of universal oneness. The mission motto of "Maximum happiness for maximum people for maximum time" is achieved through a variety of age-appropriate programs for children, youth, and adults on character building, inner transformation and practical application of the scriptures. Visit our website.
Communities United Against Hate (CUAH)Communities United Against Hate (CUAH) is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that unites our diverse community to combat bigotry, support victims of hate, and promote inclusiveness in Montgomery County, Maryland. CUAH is a network of individuals and organizations who increase support for the programs, activities, trainings, ideas, and other initiatives of groups that serve individuals and communities affected by hate and discrimination. We maintain an online and social media hub that includes an intake system for reporting hate incidents, directs victims to law enforcement agencies, victim services and community support groups, disseminates action alerts, a news feed, resource materials and more.
We organize regular public meetings and forums and effective community-wide rapid response to hate incidents and push for programmatic reforms, curricula improvements, and student action within schools to address hate and bigotry. We advocate for public policies and programs at the local, state and federal level to address hate and discrimination. Download our flyer and visit our website to learn more.
D.C. Baha'i CommunityThe DC Baha'i community is as diverse as the city we live in. All races, ages, and social classes come together to create a warm and authentic sense of community. What the members of this community share in common is their adherence to the Baha'i Faith.
The Baha'i Faith is the youngest of the world’s independent monotheistic religions. Founded in Iran in 1844, it now has more than six million adherents in 236 countries and territories. Baha'is come from nearly every national, ethnic and religious background, making the Baha'i Faith the second-most-widespread religion in the world. Visit our website.
Learn more about the DC Baha’i Youth Empowerment Program below.
FabrangenFabrangen (from farbrangen, “bringing together in joy) is an egalitarian, participatory, creative Jewish community founded in 1971. We are a havurah, a fellowship led by its members, not by one rabbi (although we have members who are rabbis). Our creative mix of innovative and traditional worship welcomes individuals and families from all branches of Judaism, Jews by choice, interfaith families, LGBT, and anyone else interested in a deep commitment to learning, prayer, and tikkun olam (the betterment of the world). Visit our website. Note: Video does not include sound. Return to Top
Girl Scouts Nation's CapitalGirl Scouts Nation’s Capital believes in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. We offer every girl the opportunity to discover who she is, what she can do, and connect her with a powerful community of girls and mentors to make it happen. With support from dedicated adult volunteers, parents and staff, we deliver the best Girl Scout experience virtually and in-person to more than 55,000 girls in the Greater Washington Region. Visit our website.
Interfaith Power & Light - DMVInterfaith Council’s grassroots climate program, Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA), works with hundreds of congregations of all faiths across DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia to save energy, go green, and respond to climate change. Find out more about our events during the Unity Walk and how we can work with you to start or strengthen a green team in your congregation, and to shift your facility or homes to cleaner power and greener ways of living. Visit our website. Sign up for email updates here. Follow @IPLdmv on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.
Interfaith Service InitiativeInterfaith Service Initiative (ISI) is an Interfaith organization bringing together people of diverse faiths and backgrounds throughout the DMV to live out the moral imperative at the heart of all great religions to help those in need. The conveners of the Interfaith Service Initiative are Jews, Muslims and Allies Acting Together (JAMAAT), World Consciousness Alliance (WCA), ADAMS Center, Masjid Muhammad and Project Rozana-Greater Washington Chapter. We believe deeply that the optimum way for members of diverse faith communities to undertake critically needed community service is TOGETHER—especially now, at this time of increased human suffering due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Visit our Facebook page and read more about our work.
Islamic Relief USAIslamic Relief USA is a community of diverse people sharing a set of common values: excellence, sincerity, social justice, compassion, and custodianship. We provide relief and development in the United States and around the world in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and work to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world. Our advocacy work additionally aims to amplify the voices and concerns of the communities we serve and to build the public and political will to end poverty, hunger, and suffering. Visit our website.
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JAMAAT - Jews and Muslim Allies Acting TogetherBuilding Unity, Countering Hate, Enhancing Partnerships, Promoting Social Action
It is a moral imperative that Muslims and Jews come together to support one another and to build ties of communication and cooperation cultivating a closer relationship born of understanding and respect for one another.
We are a group of Jews and Muslims based in the Washington D.C. Metro area engaged in social action, advocacy, and interfaith dialogue to improve the lives of our fellow citizens. Our story began in 2018 in the aftermath of the 4th Imams and Rabbis Summit organized by the Greater Washington MUSLIM-JEWISH FORUM (GW-MJF), Jewish Islamic Dialogue Society of Washington (JIDS), Interfaith Action For Human Rights (IAHR). Visit our Facebook page.
Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society (JIDS) of WashingtonSince early 2009, JIDS has conducted dialogues that bring together dozens of Jews and Muslims for friendly, yet frank, encounters. We encourage participants to speak their minds, but to do so respectfully. Our members come from different mosques and synagogues. We represent different denominations within these faiths. We include men and women, members of clergy and laypeople. We at JIDS care as deeply about repairing the world at large as we do about eliminating ignorance within our own communities. It is our hope that JIDS dialogues, as well as the social action events we occasionally sponsor, can serve as a catalyst for other Muslim-Jewish and interfaith organizations to engage in projects that uplift our communities, our nation and our world.
Download our flyer or visit our website. You will find information about our mission, videos of past events, a list of previous dialogues, and details about our Board members. We invite you to explore the site and join our community. If you wish to be placed on our e-mail distribution list, please contact us at [email protected].
Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA)LSSNCA has been walking with those in need and mobilizing community partners to provide services that offer hope and rebuild lives since 1917 - when an alliance of seven Lutheran congregations originally banded together to inspire a growth of services in the nation’s capital. Today, we serve the DMV through community services - including refugee and immigrant services, workforce development, and interpretation; family and children services - including foster care for unaccompanied refugee minors and adoption services; and health and wellness services - including migrant support services program, healthy relationships education and Youth Haven. Together and with the help of volunteers we continue to keep our communities welcoming and compassionate. You can get involved with LSSNCA in multiple ways:
- Donate to our programs and services
- Volunteer as a virtual mentor/tutor to refugee youth, as a refugee family mentor, a blogger, outreach specialist, or so many more opportunities.
- Co-sponsor a refugee family through our Good Neighbor Partner program.
- Foster an Unaccompanied Refugee Minor.
- Apply for job opportunities at LSSNCA and continue to serve boldly as a team member!
- Reach out to Dana Lea, Director of Community Outreach, with any questions or to request LSSNCA staff to speak at your congregation. Dana can be reached at [email protected].
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Mosaic HarmonyMosaic Harmony is an interfaith community choir where people find love and acceptance regardless of color, religion, sexual orientation, or any other differences. We celebrate diversity and inclusiveness, sharing our message through the powerful medium of song, and inspiring our audiences to embrace ALL people.
We sing inspirational music, much in the African American gospel tradition. Committed to the belief that inspirational music can create a community of interfaith and racial harmony, the choir members represent several different races, numerous faith traditions, and a variety of occupations. We are joined together by the ministry of music, our beliefs uniting us as a choir, energizing us to share our message and connect to others. Together we celebrate a commitment to creative expression, musical excellence, commitment to service and shared joy and support. We are unique in that no auditions or ability to read music are required. Download our mission statement.
Mosaic Harmony continues its work, meeting remotely at least until January 2020. We welcome you to join us! We "gather" on Zoom every other week, learning and recording new compositions, and building our connections as a community. We are looking for new ways to share our message. There are no auditions to join. Contact [email protected] for more information. Visit our website.
Multifaith Storytelling InstituteThe MultiFaith Storytelling Institute, provides professional development in the use of storytelling, teaching spiritual leaders, chaplains, spiritual directors, teachers, lay leaders, and students to tell stories more effectively, all in a sacred setting. Their next online storytelling intensive is October 6 and 8, 2020. Visit our website.
"I was surprised by the spiritual element of the work - everything was elevated by it”.
- Pastor, St. Petersburg, Florida
One Journey FestivalOne Journey is a grassroots alliance working to counter anti-refugee sentiment by shifting the narrative about refugees worldwide. Our mission is to amplify refugee voices and enhance public awareness of refugee talents, stories, and contributions. One Journey strives to build enduring allies for refugees and use cultural and technological tools to facilitate human connections between refugees and their host communities.
Our activities include:
- The One Journey Festival - our flagship event at the Washington National Cathedral each June
- Refugee Coalition and Community Building - connecting community members with opportunities to take action through partnerships with service NGOs
- Educational Events in cities nationwide to raise awareness of the refugee crisis and advance community engagement.
Peace Catalyst InternationalPCI’s mission is to catalyze Christian-Muslim peacemaking in the way of Jesus. We organize loving initiatives that create safe spaces and foster authentic relationships between Christians and Muslims. We also partner with Muslims to seek the peace of the city (Jeremiah 29:7), engaging with different sectors of society (e.g., government, education, NGOs, law enforcement, media, arts and entertainment, business) for the flourishing of our cities.
We affirm a distinctively Jesus-centered approach to peacemaking. We strive to imitate him, follow his teachings and demonstrate his love, while also learning from academics and practitioners of diverse perspectives. Visit our website.
Perisphere MediaPerisphere Media is proud to sponsor the 2020 IFC Unity Walk. Perisphere is a digital production studio that has worked closely with IFC since 2012 -- designing, redesigning, expanding and maintaining IFCMW.org. We were particularly gratified to custom develop the online IFC Emergency Directory, which provides over 300,000 people with information about critical services for those in need throughout the Greater Washington region.
Perisphere primarily serves advocacy, education, membership and other nonprofit organizations -- with a focus on faith-based groups like IFC. We aim to not only design dynamic online solutions but to build collaborative long-term relationships that ensure the ongoing success of our clients. And we have a dedicated, diverse team expert in:
- Brand and Marketing Strategy
- Custom Website Design
- Content Management Systems, with a focus on WordPress
- Custom Web Application Development
- Ongoing Communications Outreach Management
- Search and Social Media Ad Strategy and Management
- Video and Event Production
- Website Hosting, Maintenance and Support
Visit our website or contact us at [email protected].
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Rumi ForumRumi Forum was founded in 1999 with the mission to foster interfaith dialogue and intercultural understanding. The Forum aims to stimulate the exchange of opinions in order to advance the culture of democracy, freedom of thought, human rights and peace.
For over 20 years, the Forum provides a common platform for building relationships, mutual learning, and information exchange among adherents of different faiths. Our work has a particular focus on pluralism, peacemaking, interfaith dialogue, intercultural understanding, social harmony, and community cohesion.
Rumi Forum`s activities include speaker series, conferences, panel discussions, private roundtable discussions, partnered events, fellowships and publications, international study tours, international essay competitions, cultural events, Rumi Peace and Dialogue Awards, and the Iftar dinners. Visit our website.
Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, D.C.Shambhala has been an anchor of meditation-based training in the D.C. area since the 1970's. Our core teaching is that everyone has a nature of fundamental "basic goodness". Awakening to the basic goodness in ourselves, others, and in society itself brings a sense of genuine confidence, ethical discipline, and skillfulness to effect positive change in our world. During this pandemic, we offer a variety of online classes, retreats, community events, and free of charge public meditation sessions. While Shambhala is rooted in Buddhism, our public offerings are open and accessible to all, regardless of religious tradition. Visit our website.
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Temple SinaiOnline and in person, we are a vibrant and diverse congregation offering connection and community with a strong commitment to social justice, learning, and the Reform Jewish tradition. Visit our website.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day SaintsCome see what free tools Latter-day Saints offer you to find meaningful and safe community service and to find out more about your family history. Visit this website to learn more about local service opportunities. Visit this website to learn more about family history.
The Interfaith Center of Miami University, OhioThe Interfaith Center's mission is to invite people from diverse secular, spiritual, religious traditions to participate in each other’s practices in order to cultivate appreciative understanding and friendships. We are a safe, welcoming interfaith space serving the Miami and Oxford area communities to engage in dialogue, education and service. Visit our website.
UHJT - Association of United Hindu and Jain Temples - DMVThe Association of United Hindu and Jain Temples (UHJT) represents 14 temples/organizations in Washington DC Metropolitan area. The member Temples can be contacted or visited for field trip or for leaning thru UHJT website.
The major objectives of the UHJT are to promote religious, cultural, charitable and educational activities related to Hindu and Jain Faiths, participate in multifaith Dialogues to create a better understanding at Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington (IFCMW) and also to participate and serve as host at Gandhi Statue during Unity Walk. Visit our website and read more and view the video below about our partnership with the India Development Relief Fund in providing food distribution support during COVID-19 in the DMV.
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WayforthAs the nation’s largest move management provider, we eliminate the stress of moving by guiding our clients through the process step by step and delivering done-for-you moving solutions. You choose your new home, we’ll do the rest.
Contact Lori Furstenberg for more information. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 719.499.8860. Visit our website.
ZAMWI - Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Washington, Inc.The Zoroastrian community presents a collage of faith-inspired interactions on crucial issues of human rights, justice, and equality, through the exercise of individual responsibility as emphasized in our scriptures. Zoroastrianism promotes unity and universality among its diverse adherents and accords mutual respect and admiration to all faiths for the betterment of the common good.
Founded in 1978, ZAMWI (Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Washington, Inc.) serves the religious and cultural needs of Zoroastrians who live in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., area. ZAMWI holds religious and cultural events throughout the year. Visit our website.
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