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    Statement on Anti-Religious Violence in Houses of Prayer

    The statement below, adopted by the WTC Boards in November of 2018, sadly remains relevant into 2020.  Recent acts of violence at an Hasidic Rabbi’s home in New York and a shooting at a Christian Church in Texas add to the string of attacks against Muslims in New Zealand, Christians in Sri Linka, and Jews across the nation: from the…

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    Highlights of 2019 made Possible with Your Support!

    From exploring Ecumenical Parishes, to Mary in Muslim-Christian Dialogue and from the Journey of a Former White Supremacist to the Apocalypse in Bible and Art, your gifts have made possible stellar public outreach and specialized student programs. Visit Highlights of this year’s work in out 2019 photo collage or give at: https://washtheocon.org/donate .

    Your gifts go entirely toward programs for students,…

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    Who Still Crosses the Aisle?

    Who in this frayed world still crosses the aisle?…   Well people of faith in churches and other houses of worship do!   People of different political commitments can still cross the aisle of the sanctuary to share the Peace and catch up.   This religious fabric is one of the few places left in our country where people with different politics can…

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    Krista Tippet on speakers at WTC event Nov. 3

    Matthew Stevenson, R. Derek Black, and Allison Gornik share their story of friendship and the rise out of hatred on Sunday, Nov. 3 at American University.

    Krista Tippet of NPR interviewed Derek Black and Matthew Stevenson recently in her program “On Being.”   Here is a snapshot:

    “I’d heard Derek Black, the former white power heir apparent, interviewed before about his past. But…

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    Telling the Mother Emanuel Story on Film, May 14 in D.C.

    The mass shooting at Mother Emanuel Church was a major wake-up call in 2015 to the rise of home-grown terrorism among white supremacists in the U.S.

    There is a remarkable film made about the church’s struggle, the forces of local racism, and the people’s strength.  It is called “Emanuel” and screens in D.C. on Tuesday May 14, at the Museum of…

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    Muslim Ramadan begins today, May 6

    Share a greeting this month to your Muslim friends: “Blessed Ramadan” or “Ramadan Mubarak.” DO attend an Iftar, breaking fast meal, if you are invited!

    Ramadan explained by a Muslim colleague:

    The time has come for this years Ramadan; May 6 to June 4, 2019.
    Muslims start fasting before dawn (SEHR) and break the fast at sunset (IFTAR) and dinner is served after…

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    Hate Strikes Mosque, Church, and Synagogue in High Holy Days

    Anti-Religious Hate strikes Mosque, Church, and Synagogue during these Holy Seasons.

    Mosque mass Shootings last month in Christchurch, New Zealand with a hundred casualties (including 50 deaths).
    Easter mass Bombings of Churches (Catholic and Protestant) in Sri Lanka, with hundreds of casualties (including 75 deaths).
    Passover Shooting in southern California at Chabad Synagogue of Poway with four casualties (including 1…

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    The Ecumenical Challenge–Dr. Mitzi Budde’s address

    Do you know why Ecumenism is a priority for the Churches?   Do you know how do go about it?  Dr. Budde guided the Figel Event audience to both responses with a stellar address that provided a theological rationale for practical engagement.   Communing with one another is a way of Communing with God.  As various churches live toward greater unity, we…

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    New Film on Howard Thurman–DC Debut February 5!

    A new film on Howard Thurman’s life and theology will take place on Tuesday, February 5, 6:30 pm at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church.  Sponsored by the Howard University School of Divinity and the McClendon Scholar program at NYAPC. Information below.

    RSVP here!

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