Continuing to build BRIDGES

Talk Loudoun, January 11, 2012 (with photos).

talkloudoun_dot2011On November 13, members of Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES hosted the third annual Day of Thanks, an event designed to express gratitude for Loudoun’s openness and acceptance of religious and cultural diversity. Participants enjoyed traditional Thanksgiving fare and ethnic and vegetarian specialties, as well as live musical performances to inspire awareness and understanding.

Event emcee Bill Aiken, chairman of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, added extra depth to the evening with commentary on his experiences working with interfaith communities throughout the world. Aiken premiered the English language edition of the video “2010 Washington D.C. Area Interfaith Activities,” which has been shared with Farsi speakers throughout the world and features international voices, including founding BRIDGES members sharing what interfaith dialogue and cooperation mean and how they manifest themselves in their own communities.

A highlight of the annual program is the annual BRIDGES Award presentation to a citizen of Loudoun County who has put forth exemplary effort to promote peace and understanding among diverse faiths. The 2011 award was presented to Mitchell Jacobson of the Northern Virginia Baha’i Center. Jacobson worked throughout the year to support BRIDGES projects and interfaith activities.

Donations of non-perishable food were distributed through Loudoun Interfaith Relief to local residents. To learn more about Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES, visit their website at