A Community of Communities
Since we began dreaming of our move to Takoma DC, long before we arrived in 2004, Seekers Church had a deep desire to share our space with other missions, ministries and organizations that are called to serve the greater good. Over the past decade we’ve helped that dream grow into a lively community of communities, that includes meetings by many different groups. Last year 49 different groups held over 550 events in our space. This did not include meetings or daily operations by Seekers Church or the three other organizations that use our space as their headquarters.
Currently, 19 of these 49 event sponsors host regular meetings at our place. Those who participate in their events often see our home on Carroll Street as their place for worship and meditation, healing practices like 12-step programs, folk life and music, and healing support.
Click here to go to brief introductions to these groups, with links to help you find more information about them and their activities.
• Al-Anon/ Alateen Information Service (Washington DC Region)
• Alcoholics Anonymous The Takoma Rush Hour Group
• Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (BMCM) Satsang
• Carpe Diem Arts - Summer Arts
• Carpe Diem Language Immersion Camps
• Christ Temple Ministries Church
• Covenant Christian Community
• Emotions Anonymous
• Fabrangen Cheder
• Folklore Society of Greater Washington
• Free Minds Book Club
• Insight Meditation Community of Washington
• Institute of Musical Traditions
• Mid-Atlantic Norwegian Dancers
• New Story Leadership
• Seekers Yoga
• Silver Spring Zendo/One Heart Sangha
• Takoma Groove Camp
• The Sanctuaries
• Triumphant Victory Christian Church
Seekers Church continues to support many missions and ministries in the United States and other countries. The amount budgeted for international giving this year approaches 25% 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 Februry 21st the community affirmed support for nine 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 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.
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.