International Cultural Center


Honoring diversity in Montgomery County

Guidelines for Respecting Religious Diversity – Now Available Online

“Guidelines for Respecting Religious Diversity” is a family guide that includes many Board of Education policies and MCPS regulations and procedures that address issues of religious diversity, with feedback elicited from multiple stakeholders throughout both the faith community and MCPS. This is a historic document – never released before in Montgomery County – and perhaps […]

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Google Maps image of Mother Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun St Charleston, South Carolina

Prayer Vigil for Mother Emanuel AME Church

At the Silver Spring Civic Center on June 24, 2015 there was only standing room left at the prayer vigil in support of Mother Emanuel AME Church. The Black Ministers Conference, Faith Community Advisory Council, Montgomery County Offices of Human Rights and Community Partnerships, Jewish Community Relations Council, Montgomery County Muslim Foundation, Committee on Hate/Violence, […]

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DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson Meeting with the Montgomery County Executive’s Faith Community Working Group (FCWG)

On June 16, 2015, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson met with the Montgomery County Executive’s Faith Community Working Group (FCWG) to discuss the Department’s ongoing efforts to safeguard local communities, and to explore how the Montgomery County Model (MCM) can be replicated across the country. This special event at the International Cultural Center brought together 120 […]

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FCWG & MCPS Community Forum Honoring Religious Diversity in Montgomery County with MCPS Interim Superintendent Larry Bowers and President of the Board of Education Patricia O’Neill

On June 10, 2015 almost 110 people attended a community forum on Honoring Religious Diversity in Montgomery County, hosted by Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and the Faith Community Working Group (FCWG) on June 10 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville. The event reflected the ongoing collaboration and partnership between MCPS and the FCWG, […]

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FCWG Social Evening, Dinner & Program with MCPD Assistant Chief, Darryl McSwain

On June 3, 2015, 100 Faith leaders from Anglican to Zoroastrian enjoyed dinner at the Islamic Society of the Washington Area. Assistant Police Chief, Darryl McSwain, who serves with the Faith Leaders Response Team, addressed the subject of Community Policing in relationship to Baltimore.

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justART III, Youth Media Workshop: “Let’s Blog it Out!” How to Blog for Social Justice Issues like Cyber Bullying

This hands-on workshop was led by Rabia Chaudry, celebrity blogger from, who was featured on the hit podcast SERIAL. This workshop included an opportunity for students to make theiir own blogs. They learned how to leverage social media tools to raise awareness on important issues like cyber bullying. Atefeh Fathnezad, who facilitates our Global […]

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justArt III, Youth Media Workshop: Podcasting

In the first workshop, held on April 18, 2015, students produced a podcast episode in order to raise awareness of cyber security. The workshop provided high school students an opportunity to develop an informative and engaging episode that would inform their peer networks of potential threats associated with online activity and how to protect themselves […]

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justArt III, Going Global Against Stereotypes to Reduce Cyber Bullying

This spring, students in our weekly Global Citizen’s Forum developed poetry and prose to raise awareness of bullying and cyber bullying through the topic of stereotypes. Students were encouraged to develop pieces that would inform their peer networks of how stereotypes fuel hate speech towards an individual or groups of people, which can also lead to […]

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FCWG Faith Leaders Response Team (FLRT) Meeting

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, the Faith Leaders Response Team including representatives from the Baha’l, Buddhist, Christian, LDS, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Unitarian Universalist faith communities met at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville for progress reports and further training related to responding to emergencies and relating to persons with mental illness. It included a […]

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ESCV 2nd Quarterly Meeting

The Emotional Spiritual Care Volunteers (ESCV) cohort came together for their second quarterly meeting on April 16, 2015. During the meeting, cohort members and guest participants listened to a presentation by MCPD Officer Scott Davis from the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT).  Below are some the resources and presentations that were mentioned: FCWG Presentation: Recognizing and […]

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