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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

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

Fifth Annual Day of Thanks, 2013: An Interfaith Musical Journey for All Ages

See event program
Photo credits: Ateeb Amir (watermarked photos); Gurpreet Brar; Samir Rohatgi

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 https://www.loudouninterfaithbridges.org.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Students honored for interfaith initiatives

Ezza Anees, Youth Award winnerBy Paul Smith
Loudoun Times-Mirror, November 17, 2009

Two high school students won awards for their interfaith work during the Day of Thanks celebration Nov. 8 at Ida Lee Recreation Center in Leesburg. Nearly 200 attended the event, hosted by Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES. It was the first such event in Loudoun for interfaith leaders and community members.

Celia Lechtman, Youth Award winnerEzza Anees, a senior at Broad Run High School, and Celia Lechtman, a junior at Stone Bridge High School, won Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES Youth Awards. Each received a cash award of $750 to be used toward their college education or to support their future interfaith initiatives.

Ezza received the award for participating in several multicultural forums and events, and for organizing a Muslim Student Association at Broad Run to foster interfaith dialogue among students and faculty. Celia was recognized for having sung at and participated in interfaith activities, and for her vision to produce a CD featuring the melodies and songs of various faith traditions.

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