Since 2006, Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES has developed a broad array of programs and activities serving the Loudoun community:
Multicultural Grant Program
This program was developed by BRIDGES in 2011 in partnership with Loudoun County Public Schools and Loudoun Education Foundation. BRIDGES offers grant monies to be used in the development of multicultural programs within the schools. Focused on students and their families, these programs are designed to raise cultural awareness and promote the value of cultural diversity. BRIDGES has supported 15 classroom programs, totaling approximately $17,000 and impacting over 1,000 students.
Day of Thanks
This annual event held in November began as a celebratory evening of dinner, entertainment, speakers and award presentations, with a focus on encouraging interfaith dialogue and communion.
In 2012 the Day of Thanks expanded to include a service project: Addressing the issue of hunger in Loudoun County. The event day of activities included a panel discussion featuring professionals from Social Services and other agencies, as well as a resident directly impacted by this issue, and a direct service project to assemble and deliver packages of rice and tea to an area food bank, Loudoun Interfaith Relief. The day concluded with a dinner for the participants and presentation of awards, including a Youth award with a monetary scholarship of $500.
In 2013 the Day of Thanks took the form of an Interfaith Musical Journey, with a program of performers representing nine different faith communities.
Annual Interfaith Picnic
This annual event held during the summer months is open to all BRIDGES members and guests. It is a well-attended event where our members gather to share a potluck meal and their life experiences in the service of forming new relationships. The picnic alternates between a western and eastern Loudoun location.
7 Voices, 7 Faiths
This program was originally developed by a BRIDGES clergy member for her congregation and entitled “6 Voices, 6 Faiths.” Each week a different faith leader gave a presentation about their own faith tradition, followed by audience questions and answers. The success of this format led BRIDGES, with the permission of its creator, to continue and expand the program to “7 Voices, 7 Faiths.” The program has been held at the Osher Life Long Learning Center (OLLI – A George Mason University organization) for two semesters, where it was open to the OLLI membership. More recently it was held at the Loudoun County Public Library in Cascades, where it was open to the public.
Life After Death
Another 7 week program developed in partnership with OLLI, this series follows the same format as 7 Voices, 7 Faiths. Each week a leader from a different faith tradition gives a presentation on the complex issue of life after death, followed by an audience question and answer session.
In partnership with Loudoun County Public Library, BRIDGES has hosted film screenings and panel discussions open to the public on such topics as Interfaith Perspectives, Love and Forgiveness, and 7 Voices, 7 Faiths as noted above.
Each month, BRIDGES holds a monthly meeting featuring a topic of interest to the interfaith community. These meetings are hosted by our member congregations at various locations around Loudoun, and are open to all BRIDGES members and guests.
Martin Luther King Day Parade
BRIDGES is a co-sponsor of this annual event held in Leesburg, providing programming leadership and support.
Through our announcements and web postings, BRIDGES promotes programs and events of interest to the interfaith community that are offered independently by our members.