International Cultural Center


Briefer Response #2

Visiting Fellows Presentations: November 16, 2015

Nyambura Mundia, WORDE Visiting Fellow from Kenya, and Bonventure Chengeck, with the County Executive’s Office of Community Partnerships gave informative presentations about their experiences to-date working in Montgomery County on issues that promote social cohesion and greater public safety. Mundia and Chengeck are here as part of an exchange program established by the State Department’s […]

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Families, Faith, and Your School – October 18, 2015

On October 18, 2015 almost 90 people, including teachers, parents and families, gathered for a special afternoon of learning facilitated by Montgomery County’s Faith Community Working Group (FCWG) and MCPS’ Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships (OCEP). Parents received helpful information about navigating the school system including tips on excused absences, how to communicate with […]

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Youth Summit 2015

Youth & Law Enforcement Summit: October 16, 2015

On October 16, 2015, the International Cultural Center partnered with fellow community organizations such as Identity, Gaithersburg High School and the MCPD, in order to launch and facilitate the Youth & Law Enforcement Summit. The event hosted 75 students in grades 9-12 and involved a dialogue on youth advocacy, community policing, strategies for curbing violence, […]

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Youth Against Hunger: October 25, 2015

Approximately 105 people gathered to make 700 sandwiches, cut 100 pounds of fresh vegetables and create 2500 cereal packs for local area shelters at Youth Against Hunger on October 25, 2015. In the tradition of community spirit which defines Youth Against Hunger, families and youth set record time – eagerly making the sandwiches in less […]

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Voices from Our Community Solutions Fellows

WORDE and Montgomery County’s Office of Community Partnerships welcome two Community Solutions fellows from Kenya. Nyambura Mundia and Bonventure Chengeck Chemaket will be working with WORDE and OCP to learn the Montgomery County Model and apply it to their work in Kenya. They will be here until December and will attend many FCWG and othercommunity-related […]

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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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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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