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Witnessing Our Faith in One Another

A silent Vigil for a diverse and united community

Let us join together to raise a voice of love and neighborly regard that counters faith prejudice and racial prejudice. Let us see one another and be seen by our County as a united and loving people.

Let us act faithfully – out of love, not fear.

BRIDGES_collageThursday, December 17
4:00 – 4:30 Convene and Invocation: Leesburg Presbyterian, 207 W Market St.
4:45 – 5:30 Silent Vigil: corners of E. Market and S. King St by the County Courthouse, on the sidewalks of the 4 corners of the intersection.

As a diverse group of faith communities in Loudoun County – Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Bahai’, Unitarian, Hindu, and Buddhist – we would like to assert our commitment to one another. A safe community is a united community, one that honors the inherent worth and dignity of every diverse participant. It is this kind of safe community that we wish to affirm for Loudoun County.

We will gather at 4:00pm at Leesburg Presbyterian Church for an invocation and brief prayer led by clergy from several faiths, and walk the three blocks to the County Courthouse square. We will hold a silent candlelit Vigil on the sidewalks at the intersection of E. Market and S. King Streets, across from the County Courthouse. Based on the number of participants, we may use the sidewalks on all four corners. Participants are encouraged to bring traditional quotes from their faith that represent how we welcome our neighbor, the ‘Other’ and the ‘Stranger’. We will place these quotes on placards (2’ X 2’) to be held during the silent Vigil. We will have candles available to be held during the Vigil.

We are also preparing an open letter to be published in the local papers, to be signed by clergy.

Clergy and religious leaders that have expressed their support and interest in participating include:

Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling
Rabbi Amy Sapowith and Ray Daffner, Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation, Ashburn
Rizwan Jaka, ADAMS Center, Sterling
Rev David Milam, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Purcellville
Rev Debbie Parsons, Leesburg Presbyterian
Rev David Douthette, Catoctin Presbyterian Church, Waterford
Pastor David Norman, Crossroads United Methodist Church, Ashburn
Mike Trivett, Christian Fellowship Church
Sher Singh, Guru Angad Institute of Sikh Studies, Sterling
Mitchell Jacobson, Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’i’s of Loudoun County, Sterling
Sheila Kryston, Goose Creek Friends Meeting, Lincoln
Nitin Dogra, Hindu Community
Rev Phyllis Hubble, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Loudoun
Cathy Norman, Loudoun Interfaith Bridges
Kurt Aschermann, Community Table of Loudoun
… and more to come!!

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Connecting Hearts Through Service

dot_flyer2015Sunday, December 6
Crossroads United Methodist Church
43454 Crossroads Dr, Ashburn VA 20147

In honor of the Day of Thanks, we gather to celebrate our shared value of love and service.

OUR CELEBRATION WILL INCLUDE:

  • COLLECTION OF FOOD FROM THE FOLLOWING WISH LIST (AS REQUESTED BY LOUDOUN INTERFAITH RELIEF): Cereal, 100% Juice, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables,
    Canned Meats (tuna or chicken), Mac and Cheese, Peanut Butter, Hearty Soups
  • GIFT CARDS TO AREA GROCERY STORES AND/OR MONETARY DONATIONS HELP SUPPORT OUR MISSION AND ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
  • STORIES OF “INSPIRING ACTS” OF SERVICE BY OUR SPECTACULAR YOUTH • SHARING A SIMPLE MEAL OF RICE & BEANS TO LOVINGLY REMEMBER THE FRIENDS WHO ARE HUNGRY ALL OVER THE WORLD
  • HEARING ABOUT THE WORK OF LOUDOUN INTERFAITH RELIEF AND HUNGER STATISTICS IN LOUDOUN COUNTY.
  • INTERFAITH PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING BY OUR INSPIRING YOUTH

23rd Annual Martin Luther King Celebration

MLK_parade2013Monday, January 19

Join Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES at the 23rd Annual Martin Luther King Celebration in Leesburg. Please note the addition this year of a community forum – Youth and Elders in Meaningful Conversation* – that begins at 9:00am. People of all ages are encouraged to listen and participate!

*A Community Dialogue: Youth and Elders in Meaningful Conversation

Panel Discussion moderated by Phyllis Randall.

In what ways do Elders and Youth view the legacy and teachings of Dr. King differently? What can Elders and Youth help each other understand about what we need to be doing now to Stand up for Justice?

Listen and participate as four community panelists – two young people and two Elders – discuss their reactions to Dr. King and share their experiences and visions for the future.

Audience members are encouraged to bring their own questions and experiences to share, and to start creating an “I Have A Dream” board where other MLK Day attendees can add their thoughts throughout the day.

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6th Annual Interfaith Day of Thanks

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Sunday, November 9, 2014
5:00 pm

Crossroads United Methodist Church
43454 Crossroads Drive
Ashburn, VA 20147

An Evening of Traditional and International, Kosher, Vegetarian, and Halal Food
Delightful Music from Seven Faith Communities

For more information, please contact: Crossroads United Methodist Church at 703.729.5100
This is a Free Event, donations welcome

8th Annual Interfaith Family Picnic

picnic2014Celebrate summer and interfaith friendships!
Join us for a potluck dinner, interfaith blessings,
performances and children’s activities.

Sunday, June 22, 2014
3 pm until dusk – rain or shine

BRIDGES Members: Please see sign up sheet here for items still needed.

Directions to Franklin Park Pavilion:

17501 Franklin Park Dr., Purcellville, VA 20132
Turn into the Park, drive to the stop sign at the end of the road. The picnic shelter will be directly in front of you. Turn left into the parking lot.

Please bring:
• A favorite dish to share
• (2) Non-perishable food items
• Back to school supplies
(to be distributed by Loudoun Interfaith Relief)

5th Annual Interfaith Day of Thanks

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Sunday, November 17, 2013
3:00 – 5:30 pm.

Northern Virginia Baha’i Center
21415 Cardinal Glen Circle
Sterling, VA 20164

An Interfaith Musical Journey for All Ages

FREE: Refreshments, exceptional musicians from diverse musical and faith backgrounds. Everyone is invited.

Program

Greetings and light refreshments
Welcome from Catherine Motivans, Vice President of BRIDGES
Invocation by Reverend Kate Bryant

First Set
Sikh Music Heritage – Guru Angad Institute of Sikh Studies
Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation – Susan Mandel Giblin
Bahá’í Faith Community: Persian Classical Music –
Parviz Hashemi
Remarks by Debra Dalby, President of BRIDGES

Second Set
Gita’s Dream Kirtan – Gita Krista Zember
All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center – Azraf Ullah
Unitarian Universalists of Sterling Band – Paul Roche
Closing remarks by Catherine Motivans

Third Set
Modern and Traditional Christian Music – Fred Sagon
The Gurutrang Singh Along Experience – Dr. Gurutrang Khalsa
Crossroads United Methodist Church Worship Team – Jennifer Roberts
Devotional song: “Let There Be Peace on Earth” – Everyone

2012 Interfaith Day of Thanks and Service

dot2012Sunday, November 4
3:00 – 7:00 pm.

Location: 3 Congregations, within walking distance: one Jewish – Beth Chaverim, one Muslim – ADAMS (All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Ashburn) and one Christian – Christian Fellowship Church. We will gather at:

Christian Fellowship Church
21673 Beaumeade Circle
Ashburn, VA 20147

Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES is currently accepting applications for the Community Youth Award for Multicultural and Interfaith Leadership, to be presented at the Day of Thanks and Service. Loudoun County residents in grades 9-12 are eligible. To learn more and to download an application, click here.

At “The Day of Thanks and Service” participants will engage the theme of hunger in creative and meaningful ways. All ages, across our diversity, will work together in preparing food for our local food pantry, Loudoun Interfaith Relief, helping to construct a “Quilt of Hope,” and learning from a panel of local experts about local hunger. A self selected group will also have the opportunity to join in the project of preparing our meal, which we have titled “Multicultural Soup.” At the close of the day we will share our Vegetarian “Multicultural Soup,” as well as bread donated by and representative of the many faith communities of Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES. All ages are encouraged to attend. This is a chance to give back, while gaining new friends.

Seven Voices, Seven Faiths

7voices7faiths2012Cascades Library
21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls, VA 20165

Wednesdays, September 12, 19 & 26 and October 3, 10, 17 & 24.
All sessions begin at 7:00 pm.

This program is part of the Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion initiative sponsored by the American Library Association and the Fetzer Institute.

The series is dedicated to building bridges of understanding and respect between diverse religious and ethnic entities. The “common ground” of these faiths will be explored in an effort to foster better understanding and relationships with one another without intent to convert or condemn. This series is presented in partnership with BRIDGES and the Loudoun County Public Library.

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6th Annual Interfaith Picnic

picnic2012_colorPrayer & Performances to inspire & celebrate interfaith awareness & understanding in beautiful Loudoun County

Sunday, July 15th 2012, 3-6pm, Rain or shine

Claude Moore Park
21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd, Sterling VA 20164 (When you enter the park, look for signs directing you to the Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES picnic.)

Program:

  • Welcome & Invocation
  • Potluck Dinner
  • Prayers, Performances & Children’s Activities

All families from Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES faith communities are invited | Please bring a dish for the potluck dinner | We will be accepting donations to the BRIDGES Multicultural Grant program.

Sponsored by BRIDGES’ Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Quaker, Sikh & Unitarian congregations and BRIDGES associates.

Third Interfaith Day of Thanks

day_of_thanks2011Sunday, November 13, 2011
5:00 – 8:30 PM

Baha’i Center, 21415 Cardinal Glen Circle
Sterling VA 20164

The community is invited to join the congregations of Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES for an Interfaith Day of Thanks. We acknowledge and celebrate the cultural and religious diversity in Loudoun County. We are thankful for the openness and acceptance of our religious and cultural diversity. We come together in thanks to highlight successful interfaith and multicultural programs and leaders in Loudoun County.

Music will be provided by Unity of Loudoun, Congregation Sha’are Shalom – Laurie Mangold, song with guitar, Unitarian Universalists of Sterling, ADAMS Center – Naeem Muhammad, drumming, song with guitar, Baha’is of Loudoun County – Lory Darnell-Gustafson, song with keyboard, Sikh Community — musical presentation, Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation. BRIDGES will also present an Adult Award to a citizen of Loudoun County who has put forth exemplary effort to promote peace and understanding among diverse faiths.

Registration is required.

Send check or money order payable to BRIDGES to PO Box 6165, Leesburg, VA 20178, or purchase tickets with Paypal:

Ticket prices: 15.00/adult, 10.00/child under 12, 40.00/family of four or more.

5th Annual Interfaith Picnic

picnic2011_colorPrayer & Performances to inspire & celebrate interfaith awareness & understanding in beautiful Loudoun County

Sunday, June 26th 2011, 2-6pm, Rain or shine

Franklin Park Pavilion
17501 Franklin Park Dr, Purcellville, VA 20132

(When you turn in to the park, drive to the stop sign at the end of the road. Our picnic shelter will be directly in front of you. Turn left to head into the parking lot.)

Program:

  • Welcome & Invocation
  • Potluck Dinner
  • Prayers, Performances & Children’s Activities

All families from Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES faith communities are invited | Please bring a dish for the potluck dinner | Please bring non-perishable food items and back-to-school supplies which BRIDGES will donate to Loudoun Interfaith Relief.

Sponsored by BRIDGES’ Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Quaker, Sikh & Unitarian congregations and BRIDGES associates.

Beyond Our Differences

beyond_differencesTuesday, November 30, 2010
Lovettsville Library, 7:30 pm

Viewing and discussion of award winning PBS documentary which explores the common threads that unify the world’s religious traditions. Religious leaders, politicians and luminaries in their fields gove voice to the positive effects of spiritality and morality focusing on commonalities spanning all faiths. In partnership with Loudoun County Public Libraries.

This highly acclaimed film is directed by Peter Bisanz: “With all of the problems facing the world today — war, poverty, weapons, environmental degradation, starvation, overpopulation and severe desperation among millions — people are longing for meaning. Many find answers in religion or spirituality, but as a result faith and religion are often hijacked by those seeking to enhance their own power at the expense of others, often all in the name of God.

With this dichotomy in mind, we call upon key religious leaders, politicians, and luminaries in their fields to tackle the toughest and most complex issues in the modern age, and we ask what inspires them to affect positive change. We hope that by sharing their personal experiences, each person will provide a unique perspective on how to support and strengthen compassionate and non-violent activism when resolving difficult disputes.”

Read more at www.beyondourdifferences.com

Second Interfaith Day of Thanks

day_of_thanks2010Sunday, November 7, 2010 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Baha’i Center, 21415 Cardinal Glen Circle
Sterling VA 20164

The community is invited to join the congregations of Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES for an Interfaith Day of Thanks to acknowledge and celebrate cultural and religious diversity in Loudoun County.

The event features a performance by the youth group Pulse: song, dialogue and dance to captivate hearts, educate minds and motivate action. Recipients of Interfaith BRIDGES adult and youth awards will also be honored.

Adult Award Nomination Form | Youth Award Application
Download pdf | Download pdf

Registration is required:
1) Register online | Download form (pdf)
2) Send check or money order payable to BRIDGES to PO Box 6165, Leesburg, VA 20178, or purchase tickets with Paypal.

Ticket prices: 15.00/adult, 10.00/child under 12, 40.00/family of four or more.

4th Annual Interfaith Picnic

picnic2010Sunday July 18th, 2010, 2-6pm

Pavilion #2 | Claude Moore Park, Sterling,
A celebration through Prayer and Performances to inspire interfaith awareness and understanding in beautiful Loudoun County, sponsored by the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Quaker, Sikh and Unitarian congregations and BRIDGES associates.

Program:

  • Welcome Address & Invocation
  • Potluck Dinner
  • Prayers, Performances & Children’s Activities

Come rain or shine, families from faith communities participating in Loudoun Interfaith Bridges are invited to attend. Others are welcome upon calling one of the below contacts to request participation, as space is limited. Please bring a dish for the potluck dinner and donations for food items and back-to-school supplies.

Click for directions to the park. Parking for Pavillion #2 is in the Heritage Farm Museum lot. Park in the area of the Museum Parking Lot closest to the Windmill. Walk along the pathway at the left end of the museum (near the Windmill), straight into the historic area. Pavilion #2 is straight ahead, past the log cabin and the Lanesville home (a large white historic house).

Beyond Our Differences

beyond_differencesSunday, March 7, 2010
Ashburn Library, 2:00 pm

We are pleased to present this film screening in partnership with Loudoun County Public Libraries, with a discussion to follow.

This highly acclaimed film is directed by Peter Bisanz: “With all of the problems facing the world today — war, poverty, weapons, environmental degradation, starvation, overpopulation and severe desperation among millions — people are longing for meaning. Many find answers in religion or spirituality, but as a result faith and religion are often hijacked by those seeking to enhance their own power at the expense of others, often all in the name of God.

With this dichotomy in mind, we call upon key religious leaders, politicians, and luminaries in their fields to tackle the toughest and most complex issues in the modern age, and we ask what inspires them to affect positive change. We hope that by sharing their personal experiences, each person will provide a unique perspective on how to support and strengthen compassionate and non-violent activism when resolving difficult disputes.”

Read more at www.beyondourdifferences.com