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Programs

Updates: Emotional and Spiritual Care Volunteer (ESCV) Training

On Thurs. June 15, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, seven adults from various faith communities met with Dr. Earl Stoddard, Director of the MoCo Office of Emergency Management and with Jim McClelland, Emergency Management Specialist, at the Silver Spring Civic Building for their training to be certified as Emotional & Spiritual Care Volunteers. […]

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STAND UP! Uniting to Respond to Hate Speech & Violence

Incidents of bias have recently escalated in Montgomery County, reflecting troubling trends nationwide. On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, approximately 60 parents, students, educators and other community members gathered to participate in a workshop, “Stand Up! Uniting to Respond to Hate Speech & Violence”. The workshop was a follow-up to a similar event held in March […]

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Courageous Conversations at Montgomery Blair High School

ICC Crossroads in partnership with the Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative co-hosted its latest installment of Courageous Conversations, an intergenerational & interracial workshop tackling issues of bullying/discrimination, on Thursday, April 27th at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD. WORDE Senior Fellow, Nouf Bazaz, facilitated the event that brought together diverse youth and adults including […]

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Update on Muslim Educators meeting with MCPS Superintendent and his team

On Monday April 24, FCWG Education Committee partnering with the Muslim Advocacy Group met with the Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) Superintendent Dr. Smith and his management team. The agenda included follow up to the last meeting related to bullying, parent academies, cultural competence for MCPS and parents, and after school activities. Dr. Smith and […]

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Updates on Education Committee Meeting

On Wednesday March 29, FCWG Education Committee met at the ICC. The following topics were discussed: Organize Parent Academies to address bullying Work with Communities United Against Hate (CUAH) Work with local no-profits who can offer training to MCPS staff, teachers, counselors, parents and students. FCWG Education Committee has organized a meeting between the Muslim educators with […]

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Courageous Conversation has been Awarded!

The Courageous Conversation Program has been awarded the 2017 Inter-generational Innovation Award by Generations United. Courageous Conversations is a inter-generational and interracial program that addresses issues of bullying and discrimination. Click here to learn about the Courageous Conversations workshop at Nothwood High School. Courageous Conversations Program was also featured at an NPR podcast, Interfaith Voices. Click here to listen.

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Reaffirmation of Jewish Solidarity Press Conference

In response to the bomb threats suffered by Jewish institutions, Montgomery County Executive, Ike Leggett, engaged the Faith Community Advisory Council (FCAC) to bring faith leaders to a press conference at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville. Elected officials including Senators Cardin and Van Hollen; Representatives Delaney and Raskin; County Executive, Ike Leggett and Council […]

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Second Summit with Muslim Leaders and County Officials

The Second Summit of Muslim Leaders with the County Executive and other elected and appointed officials proved to be an effective antidote to the fear and division created by the tragic bombing in Brussels. Reports we presented from the Shura of MC Imams and the strategic session of Muslim leaders with MCPS.   Action items included increasing […]

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Joint Town Hall: Working Together for a Better Community

The Town Hall, Working Together for a Better Community, was co-sponsored by the Office of Human Rights, Faith Community Working Group, MC Police Department and NAACP. It followed up progress made since the earlier town Halls in July and pointed out what needs to be done today.   Chief among the outcomes were the Police […]

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1st Interracial/interfaith Dialogue on Racism: Seeing the Divine in Each Other

“Seeing the Divine in Each Other” – the first interracial/interfaith dialogue on racism in Montgomery County took place at the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring on Wed. evening Sept. 28.  Fifty-three faith leaders and leaders of faith-based organizations registered and participated in a 2-hour program. Small, diverse groups of six each met with a trained facilitator, […]

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