Seekers Church Explores Muslim-Led Local Initiative
For many years the Interfaith Sacred Conversation on Race & Diversity, a partnership of Seekers Church and Covenant Christian Community, has been developing a relationship with the Muslim Women’s Coalition, an organization dedicated to upholding the principles of democracy, equality, justice and communal welfare as inherently Islamic values introduced with the advent of the faith. In recent years the Eyes to See, Ears to Hear Peace Prayer mission group of Seekers church has been integral to deepening this important relationship with MWC. Through our connections with MWC, we received an invitation to an open house on Thursday, December 17th sponsored by The International Cultural Center (ICC) in partnership with Montgomery County Faith Community Working Group (FCWG) and Gaithersburg Interfaith Alliance (GIA). The open house was an invitation to learn more about the Montgomery County Model (MCM), a unique public-private initiative with a core focus on preventing violent extremism through engagement, education, and prevention programs.
The event was held at the International Cultural Center, a community center where people of diverse backgrounds can come together to engage in community building programs, social action projects and educational programs built to promote pluralism and social cohesion based on mutual respect and harmonious coexistence. The ICC, as it is commonly called, is one of the outreach programs of WORDE, the World Organization for Resource Development and Education. WORDE is a nonprofit, educational organization whose mission is to enhance communication and understanding between communities to mitigate social and political conflict. The purpose of the open house was to present the Montgomery County Model, a comprehensive way to address the risks of extremism in community by creating a stakeholder based response that brings all the resources the community has to bear on finding and enacting the appropriate response to each situation.
Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi presenting the Montgomery County Model, with Trish Nemore, Pat Conover, Ron Kraybill, and Sandra Miller in attendance
Note: You might want to check out the Guidelines to Respecting Diversity, available online through the International Cultural Center.
Seekers Church supports many missions and ministries in the United States and other countries. The amount budgeted for international giving this year approaches 20% of what we expect to receive in offerings over the course of the year. Once our budget for the year was approved, and the overall amount available for international giving had been determined by the Stewards of Seekers Church, all members of the faith community were invited to request support for missions or ministries where they are personally involved.
After worship on March 15th the community affirmed support for eight international missions and ministries:
Bokamoso Youth Foundation – Winterveldt, South Africa
Othandweni Day Care and Guest House – Winterveldt, South Africa
PAVA (Programa de Ayuda a los Vecinos del Altiplano) – Chimaltenango, Guatemala
Collegio Miguel Angel Asturias – Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Abato Foundation - Mpigi, Uganda
New Story Leadership - Israel/Palestine
Seekers Church continues to support many missions and ministries in the United States and other countries. The amount budgeted for domestic giving is usually about 20% of what we expect to receive in offerings over the course of the year. Once our budget is approved each year and the overall amount available for domestic giving has been determined by the Stewards of Seekers Church, all members of the faith community are invited to request support for missions or ministries where they are personally involved.
For 2015 the community has affirmed support for 30 domestic missions and ministries. For easy access to more information, the name of each organization is linked to its web site.
CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR
New from Seekers: A CD and Two Books
September 25, 2014
Seekers Church upholds creativity as a vital expression of God’s calling. The church has always nurtured writers, musicians, painters, and many others – but this September marked three particularly exciting new milestones for Seekers’ artists.
Dancing Toward the Light is a CD of original tunes by Jesse Palidofsky, filled with humor and healing. Click here for details.
In Stalking the Spirit in a Do-It-Yourself Church Marjory Zoet Bankson recounts the life of Seekers Church from its beginning as an offspring of Church of the Saviour to its present life in Northwest DC as a creative, inclusive community working for peace and justice. Click here for more information.
“Calling on God: Inclusive Christian Prayers for Three Years of Sundays,” by Deborah Sokolove and Peter Bankson is a collection of prayers suitable for worship by groups and individuals. Click here for details.