Interfaith Coalition of Washington County



The Interfaith Coalition of Washington County Maryland was formed by the Washington County Council of Churches (now HARC) in February 2002 with representatives from Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths to provide a forum for interfaith dialogue in our community following the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  Persons from Baha’i and Buddhist traditions as well as other religious and humanist communities participate today. We see our coalition as an outreach of the Hagerstown Area Religious Council.

Mission Statement of the Interfaith Coalition

The Interfaith Coalition of Washington County exists to bring people of different beliefs together to promote peace, respect, and compassion in our local community. Through dialogue and public presence, we welcome each person’s unique spiritual perspective, strive to learn more about each other, and seek to honor the diversity of our various traditions. (Revised November 9, 2011)

Get Involved

The Interfaith Planning Team, which envisions, coordinates, and carries out events, meets regularly through the year. Persons interested in interfaith dialogue are encouraged to attend or share their ideas with the planning team.  Contact Ed Poling, Coordinator, at 301-766-9005 or for more information.

Statement of Peace— In light of the recent escalation in fear and hostility toward people of other religious traditions, the Interfaith Coalition and the Hagerstown Area Religious Council have issued a joint, public statement that encourages persons of faith in our community to use “language that promotes respect and civility and discourages language that demeans others’ beliefs or incites violence.” We invite all the religious leaders in our community to sign the statement to show our unity and desire to live together peacefully. Follow this link for more information and to download copies.

Upcoming Events

  • Interfaith Book Club 2017-2018: Meets from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Study Room 333 at the Washington County Free Library.  Books can be purchased online or, if available, borrowed from the library. Download flyer
    • September 21, 2017 – Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
    • October 19, 2017 – God is not One by Stephen Prothero
    • November 16, 2017 – Tales from the Land of the Sufis by Mojdeh Bayat and Mohammad Ali
    • January 19, 2018 – When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
    • March 15, 2018 – Good without God by Greg M. Epstein
    • May 17, 2018 – The Heart of the Amish by Suzanne Woods Fisher
  • 2nd Annual Global Feast for Peace, September 17, 2017, 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. : Sharing food together in celebration of friendship and common interest is a tradition as old as the human family. The Global Feast for Peace, part of the U.N. sponsored International Day of Peace, is a wonderful evening of building community, good food, great entertainment and deepening interfaith friendships.
    We begin the evening with Dance Alchemy, a dance troupe from Baltimore on a mission to bring peace through dance to our cities, our country and our world.  “Using dance as a spiritual expression, we draw world rhythms from Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, as well as our own First Nations.” -from their website
    Following the performance, a scrumptious meal with enticing dishes from India, Iran, Italy and more will be served. And in closing, a Peace Service with an opportunity for small group discussion, a short, guided meditation and a re commitment to a life of peace.  Suggested Conscious Contribution $10
    Please r.s.v.p. to by Sept. 15th,or call Sandy 240-409-5940     Location- St. Mark’s Episcopal Parish Hall, 18313 Lappans Rd., Boonsboro Md. (just four miles down Sharpsburg Pike from I-70)
  • Interfaith Winter Retreat: Saturday, February 3, 2018, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM at Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry Center, 16869 Taylor’s Landing Road, Sharpsburg, MD
  • Next Planning Meeting: Wednesday, August 30 at 5:30 PM at the home of Ed and Marge Poling.  Bring a dish to share.

Download Upcoming Events document

For more information, contact: Ed Poling (301)766-9005,

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