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Interfaith Day of Thanks

day_of_thanksSunday, November 8, 2009
Ida Lee Recreation Center in Leesburg, 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

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 keynote speaker Ben O’Dell, Deputy Director at the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which builds partnerships between government, faith-based and neighborhood organizations to better serve individuals, families and communities. The program also includes a multicultural buffet dinner, musical performances, including world renowned percussionist Tom Teasley, among others, and the honoring of Interfaith BRIDGES adult and youth award recipients (see below).

Registration is required; please contact dayofthanks@loudouninterfaithbridges.org to RSVP and purchase tickets.

Ticket prices are as follows: 15.00/adult, 10.00/child age 6-12, 40.00/family of four or more, children under 6 free. Payment may be sent to: Day of Thanks Tickets, PO Box 6165, Leesburg, VA 20178. Please make checks out to “Unity of Loudoun.”

Download event poster (PDF) | See press release

Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES is seeking to honor a citizen of Loudoun who has put forth exemplary effort to promote peace and understanding among diverse faiths. This citizen is to be honored at the Interfaith Day of Thanks on Sunday, November 8, 2009. Nominations are welcome; please review the criteria and download an Award Nomination form here.

BRIDGES is also seeking applications for our first Community Youth Award. Award recipients will be honored at the Interfaith Day of Thanks, and will be selected based on the student’s involvement in a community service activity that fosters interfaith or multicultural understanding. Download an application here.

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.


  • 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).

Love & Forgiveness

forgivenessCan we have love but not forgiveness?

Or true forgiveness without love?

Join the Loudoun County Public Library for an Interfaith Panel Discussion with members of Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES

Sunday, May 3 | 4:00 pm | Purcellville Library
Sunday, May 17 | 4:00 pm | Cascades Library
Religious leaders will discuss the theme of love and forgiveness within their particular faith. Question and answer sessions will follow. Participants will include:

  • Father Art Johnson, Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church
  • Rev. Dr. David Milam, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
  • Rabbi Michael Ragozin, Congregation Sha’are Shalom
  • Sr. Farhanahz Ellis, All Dulles Area Muslim Society
  • Sat Kartar Singh Khalsa, Raj Khalsa Gurdwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Pastor Don Prange and David Weintraub, St. James United Church of Christ
  • Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael, Unitarian Universalist
  • Ray Daffner, Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation
  • Sheila Kryston, Goose Creek Friends Meeting (Quaker)

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Six Voices, Six Faiths

This spring, St. James’ Episcopal Church, with Loudoun Interfaith Bridges as cosponsor, will host a six-week series, “Six Voices, Six Faiths,” which we hope will stimulate interfaith dialogue and advance interfaith understanding. This series is an outgrowth of conversations among LIB members which began last September, and is our first such effort. Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES brings together communities of different faiths to collectively address common challenges, and build bridges of understanding and respect between diverse religious and ethnic entities.

The series will be held in the Fellowship Hall at St. James’ Episcopal Church (14 Cornwall Street, NW, Leesburg) on six consecutive Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The dates and discussion leaders are:

  • April 23, Rabbi Michael Ragozin of Congregation Sha’are Shalom
  • April 30, Rev. Kate Bryant of St. James’ Episcopal Church
  • May 7, Rev. Anya Sammler of Unitarian Universalists of Sterling
  • May 14, Sheikha Farhanahz Ellis of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society
  • May 21, Sher Singh, Sikh Community
  • May 28, Mercedeh Izadi of the Northern Virginia Baha’i Center

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