Interfaith Holiday Display and Invocation

interfaith_holidayDecember 21, 2008, Leesburg

For the first time in Leesburg, four faiths joined together on a cold windy day to celebrate winter holidays on the grounds of the Loudoun County Courthouse. About 25 adults and children were in attendance from 8 – 9 Loudoun congregations including: the Sikh Community, All Dulles Area Muslim Society, Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation, St. James Episcopal Church, Unity Church of Loudoun, St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, St. James United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalist Church of Sterling, and others. Four speakers, one each from the Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and Sikh communities provided remarks for the Invocation, and Holiday Displays were arranged by Beth Chaverim and the Sikh community to join the creche on the Courthouse grounds.

The Invocations focused on the courage that our religious leaders have shown in the face of adversity, and the faith that brings us together today to work for peace, understanding and community. Special thanks was noted to Circuit Judge Horne who approved the interfaith displays this year, and to the individuals who place the creche each year on the Courthouse grounds, who invited other faiths to join them this year.