These are just a few of the groups, denominations, and organizations with which we have strong ties.
A progressive voice in Baptist life, the Alliance of Baptists represents many voices of Christians seeking to respond to the continuing call of God in a rapidly changing world. The Alliance offers a theological home to all, works in partnership and seeks to always do God’s justice in the world.
The Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists (AWAB) is made up of a growing number of member churches, affiliated organizations, and individuals willing to go on record as welcoming and affirming of all persons without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. These organizations and individuals have joined together to advocate for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons within Baptist communities of faith.
Primarily an education and advocacy organization, the Baptist Joint Committee is a leading voice in Washington, D.C., fighting to uphold the historic Baptist principle of religious freedom. It stands guard at the intersection of church and state, defending the first freedom of the First Amendment.
American Baptist Churches is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with over 5,200 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members across the United States and Puerto Rico.
The District of Columbia Baptist Convention (DCBC) is a coalition of Baptist churches in or near the Washington, DC area. The DCBC is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA, and the Progressive National Baptist Convention, a unique alignment that is representative of the DC Baptist belief in unity and cooperation.
The National Farm Worker Ministry (NFWM), is our partner in pursuit of justice in the fields. The NFWM began its work in 1920 as a ministry of charity and service. Today, NFWM brings together national denominations, state councils of churches, religious orders, congregations and concerned individuals, to act with the farm workers to achieve fundamental change in their living and working conditions. Grounded in faith, the NFWM works side by side with farm workers throughout the country as they seek justice and empowerment in the fields. It works to educate, equip and mobilize organizations and faith communities to support farm worker led movements to improve their living and working conditions.
After the events of 9/11, our congregation sought a better understanding of the monotheistic faiths, Islam and Judaism, by participating in a series of interfaith events in Fairfax County. This set us on a journey of deepening relationships with Muslim and Jewish neighbors in our community.
Out of those events, the Interfaith Communities for Dialogue (ICD) was formed, in 2004. The ICD “…promotes understanding and respect, and relationships among religiously and culturally diverse communities in Fairfax County and surrounding areas.” (from the ICD web site). Ravensworth is a member congregation of the ICD, which brings together members of diverse faith traditions and seeks to deepen relationships through activities such as: Interfaith Dialogues, Film Viewing & Discussions, Book Discussions, Community Service Projects, Interfaith Dinners & Educational Events
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