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.
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.