Witnessing Our Faith in One Another

A silent Vigil for a diverse and united community

Let us join together to raise a voice of love and neighborly regard that counters faith prejudice and racial prejudice. Let us see one another and be seen by our County as a united and loving people.

Let us act faithfully – out of love, not fear.

BRIDGES_collageThursday, December 17
4:00 – 4:30 Convene and Invocation: Leesburg Presbyterian, 207 W Market St.
4:45 – 5:30 Silent Vigil: corners of E. Market and S. King St by the County Courthouse, on the sidewalks of the 4 corners of the intersection.

As a diverse group of faith communities in Loudoun County – Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Bahai’, Unitarian, Hindu, and Buddhist – we would like to assert our commitment to one another. A safe community is a united community, one that honors the inherent worth and dignity of every diverse participant. It is this kind of safe community that we wish to affirm for Loudoun County.

We will gather at 4:00pm at Leesburg Presbyterian Church for an invocation and brief prayer led by clergy from several faiths, and walk the three blocks to the County Courthouse square. We will hold a silent candlelit Vigil on the sidewalks at the intersection of E. Market and S. King Streets, across from the County Courthouse. Based on the number of participants, we may use the sidewalks on all four corners. Participants are encouraged to bring traditional quotes from their faith that represent how we welcome our neighbor, the ‘Other’ and the ‘Stranger’. We will place these quotes on placards (2’ X 2’) to be held during the silent Vigil. We will have candles available to be held during the Vigil.

We are also preparing an open letter to be published in the local papers, to be signed by clergy.

Clergy and religious leaders that have expressed their support and interest in participating include:

Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling
Rabbi Amy Sapowith and Ray Daffner, Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation, Ashburn
Rizwan Jaka, ADAMS Center, Sterling
Rev David Milam, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Purcellville
Rev Debbie Parsons, Leesburg Presbyterian
Rev David Douthette, Catoctin Presbyterian Church, Waterford
Pastor David Norman, Crossroads United Methodist Church, Ashburn
Mike Trivett, Christian Fellowship Church
Sher Singh, Guru Angad Institute of Sikh Studies, Sterling
Mitchell Jacobson, Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’i’s of Loudoun County, Sterling
Sheila Kryston, Goose Creek Friends Meeting, Lincoln
Nitin Dogra, Hindu Community
Rev Phyllis Hubble, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Loudoun
Cathy Norman, Loudoun Interfaith Bridges
Kurt Aschermann, Community Table of Loudoun
… and more to come!!

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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

23rd Annual Martin Luther King Celebration

MLK_parade2013Monday, January 19

Join Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES at the 23rd Annual Martin Luther King Celebration in Leesburg. Please note the addition this year of a community forum – Youth and Elders in Meaningful Conversation* – that begins at 9:00am. People of all ages are encouraged to listen and participate!

*A Community Dialogue: Youth and Elders in Meaningful Conversation

Panel Discussion moderated by Phyllis Randall.

In what ways do Elders and Youth view the legacy and teachings of Dr. King differently? What can Elders and Youth help each other understand about what we need to be doing now to Stand up for Justice?

Listen and participate as four community panelists – two young people and two Elders – discuss their reactions to Dr. King and share their experiences and visions for the future.

Audience members are encouraged to bring their own questions and experiences to share, and to start creating an “I Have A Dream” board where other MLK Day attendees can add their thoughts throughout the day.

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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

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)

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.