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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)

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.

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.

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).

3rd Annual Interfaith Picnic

picnic2009Sunday, August 2nd 2009, 2-6pm | Pavilion #2
Claude Moore Park, Sterling
(This event was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions.)

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. See list of acceptable items here.

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).

2nd Annual Interfaith Picnic

picnic2008August 17th, 2008, 2:00-6:00 pm
Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling

Loudoun Interfaith Bridges invites you to our second Annual Interfaith Picnic, a celebration through prayers and community activities to inspire interfaith awareness and understanding in Loudoun’s various faith communities. Families and representatives from faith communities that are part of Loudoun Interfaith Bridges are invited to attend.

Sponsored by the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Quaker, Sikh, Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu congregations and associates part of Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES. Last year’s picnic was a huge success and brought together people from many faiths in a joyful, uplifting and interactive environment.

The program will include:

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

Directions from Leesburg: Take Route 7E to the Cascades Pkwy North Exit, and drive 3 miles to the park.

Interfaith Family Picnic

picnic2007(The inaugural event of Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES)
August 19, 2007, 4:00-6:00 pm
Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling

A celebration through Prayer and Chant to inspire interfaith awareness and spirituality in our children, youth and communities.

Sponsored by the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Quaker, Sikh, Baha’i, Buddhist and Hindu congregations of Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES.

“What unites us is much greater than what separates us” — Pope John Paul II

Program:

  • Welcome Talk & Prayer
  • Icebreakers & Potluck Dinner
  • Prayers & Performances
  • Entertainment & Youth Activity

Read the Leesburg Today article ‘We Are All Neighbors’: Religious Leaders Build ‘Bridges’ Amid Immigration Debate

‘We Are All Neighbors’: Religious Leaders Build ‘Bridges’ Amid Immigration Debate

By Margaret Morton
Leesburg Today, August 24, 2007

As debate over the local impacts of illegal immigration continues to spark divisions among Loudouners, one organization is working to bridge cultural gaps using the county’s religious diversity as its foundation.

About 150 people from a wide variety of religious faiths gathered last weekend at Algonkian Regional Park to participate in the first event held by an organization called Bridges-Building Relationships for Interfaith Dialogue, Good Will, Education and Service. The group is composed of religious leaders from various faiths, including Muslims, Christians, Baha’is, Jews, Sikhs, Buddhists, Quakers and Hindus working to find common ground among different faiths in Loudoun’s religious and spiritual community.

Ray Daffner, a member of Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation, who began the effort in January, said the event went very well. He said the gathering was important because it generated enthusiasm for the group’s goals and it “set the stage for us to do other things in service as a diverse community.”

Daffner said effort started in January. “We invited a dozen different faith communities to participate in a series of meetings, that involved building understanding, trust and education,” he said.

Sikh leader Sher Singh was among the earliest to support the idea. “The purpose of Bridges is to have a community dialogue between different faiths on issues that matter to all of us,” he said. To that end, the group looked at a number of issues and decided to bring in representatives of as many faiths as possible to examine various areas “we wanted to work on,” he said.

“It’s an expanding group,” Singh said Tuesday. First, its members decided to start with a small, “baby step” event, on which larger events and projects can be built.

Singh and Quaker Sheila Kryston, a retired clinical social worker, said the group would look at areas of service in which Bridges could help, perhaps medical services or improvements to existing services.

“We also want to work more with local governments in providing an interfaith liaison as some other local governments do,” Singh said.

The strong attendance from so many different faiths, surprised some participants and organizers. Kryston said she hadn’t even known there were that many different faiths represented in Loudoun and thought one benefit was that the gathering brought together a wide variety of people, who probably might not have known each other otherwise.

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