The Interfaith Roundtable
In 2017, Barna released a comprehensive, whole-life assessment of U.S. pastors to see how they were faring in key areas of life.
The results were insightful and led to numerous practical takeaways, but much has changed since 2017…So we decided to take another in-depth look at pastors in our post-pandemic world.
On March 6th, we’re hosting a free webcast where we’ll share some of our findings and learn from a panel of guest experts.
- Our goal for this event is to:
- Give voice to pastors
- Encourage them to lead flourishing lives
- Equip them to form thriving churches
It’s a rare opportunity to understand how church leaders are doing and how congregations can come alongside them in this challenging season of ministry.
Click Here to Join Us on March 6th
This year’s HARC Hike for Hunger & Hope will get an extra boost – a matching pledge from the God’s Grace Fund.
This is an exciting opportunity to participants fundraising and individuals making a donation to support the HARC Hike for Hunger & Hope. HARC Hike participants who raise funds beyond their $200 suggested fundraising goal will see any additional amounts raised matched 2-1. That means with the match, donations can have triple the impact for HARC and the Micah’s Backpack program! What a blessing at a time when the need for our services is ever greater!
Please consider participating, fundraising and or donating to support the HARC Hike and help us make the most of this amazing opportunity! With the help of God’s Grace Fund and YOU, our goal is to double the proceeds of last year’s event – for more than $74,000.
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HARC is pleased to share our 2023 Impact Report with members and the public. Download your copy here to learn about the work we did TOGETHER last year and plans for 2024. Please share with your congregations and friends. If you would like a printed copy, please contact Kathy at email@example.com or 301-842-4272.
HARC’s Annual Meeting was held Tuesday, January 23 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Hagerstown. More than 50 people attended the meeting, including representatives of 20 member houses of worship. Part of the business portion of the meeting included voting in four new board members (see video). Following the business, a short presentation was given on the Faces of HARC (see video, including pictures displayed). HARC also welcomed, Dr. David T. Sovine, Superintendent of Washington County Public Schools, who blessed us with faith story, professional background, and challenges he sees for children in our schools (see video). And our hosts shared about their faith tradition (see video). The meeting was a great way to kick off 2024!
The Hagerstown Area Religious Council (HARC) has elected four new members to its Board of Directors:
Rev. Dionne Hall of Grace United Methodist Church (UMC) in Hagerstown. Rev. Hall has lived in Washington County for more than 15 years. In 2017, she transitioned from her career as a school teacher to part-time, licensed local pastor and full-time seminary student at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. She was officially ordained in 2022. Rev. Hall has served as pastor at Grace Church since July 2021 and became the full-time pastor there in July 2023.
Ashlee Harris of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ms. Harris has lived in Hagerstown since 2012. She currently serves as Communications Outreach Director for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is also the Hagerstown area coordinator of Just Serve, an online volunteer database. She is the owner and president of Blinds by Ash, a blinds and window coverings company.
Pastor Suzanne Jones is the pastor of two churches in southern Washington County: Benevola United Methodist Church in Boonsboro, and Salem United Methodist Church in Keedysville. Pastor Jones holds a Master of Arts in Humanities: Drama and Literature Studies from Hood College in Frederick, Md., and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Sohrab Shahab is the president of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland. A resident of Washington County since 2009, Dr. Shahab moved to Hagerstown after finishing his residency training as an ear, nose, and throat surgeon. His medical practice is in Martinsburg, W.Va
The Baltimore Work Camp is looking for local residents in need of home repairs. Worksites are needed so high school teens from across the Archdiocese of Baltimore can participate in a week-long service mission designed to help the young people put their faith into action. The work at each home will be completed by 3-5 teens supervised by adult leaders. All volunteer labor and materials are FREE to qualifying households. To learn how your home might be included, please complete this confidential application.
RSVP March 1
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Contact Information/ Questions/RSVP: St. Anthony Shrine / Baltimore WorkCamp, 16150 St. Anthony Road, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 (301) 447-2367
On Saturday, January 20, children participated in the very first Interfaith Art Camp, which was a partnership of HARC and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (WCMFA). “There were about 22 kids in total and everyone had a great time,” said Ashlee Harris, one of the organizers.
The one-day camp featured story time, a scavenger hunt, an art project, and a tour of the current exhibit, “Childhood Favorites: 100 Years of Children’s Book Illustrations.” Throughout the day, children learned about values that are shared by different religions.
“They were so creative in their art, and in their ideas and observations from the books,” Ashlee shared. “It was a pleasure to be with them.”
Many thanks go to organizers Ashlee Harris (HARC), Kellie Mele (WCMFA) and Paulette Lee (HARC Interfaith Team) for organizing this exciting new program to engage young people in faith and art.
A lot of the parents ask if there are going to be more opportunities like this in the future. We hope so! HARC is considering offering a full week camp in the summer, but additional help will be needed to make that happen. Interested in helping? Contact Ashlee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is once again offering its annual National Fund for Sacred Spaces grant opportunity for churches with historic buildings (you don’t have to be on the national register) to do major repairs or renovate spaces for outreach purposes. Learn more here. Register for an informational webinar here (Feb 1 at noon). Deadline for a letter of interest is February 29. If you decide to apply, HARC and the Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau are willing to write letters of support for your application.