Interfaith

Interfaith Coalition of Washington County

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Introduction

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 elpoling1@gmail.com 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
  • Interfaith Candle Vigil for Unity and Peace: Saturday, March 4, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Avenue
    This is a public event to support and show solidarity with our Muslim neighbors as well as other groups who have been marginalized by the recent travel ban on Syrian refugees, immigrants, and those from 7 Arabic countries. Hear words of encouragement from our local leaders, clergy, public officials and young poets. Culminating in a candlelight service. Informal time for fellowship with refreshments will follow.
    Sponsored by Interfaith Coalition of Washington County, Hagerstown Area Religious Council, and Hagerstown Area Freethinkers. Contact Ed Poling at 301-766-9005 or elpoling1@gmail.com for more information. Like us on Facebook.  Download a flyer.
  • Interfaith Planning Meeting: Wednesday, July 26 at 5:30 PM at the home of Ed Poling. Bring a dish to share.  This is to plan for the fall of 2017.

Download Upcoming Events document

For more information, contact: Ed Poling (301)766-9005, elpoling1@gmail.com

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