Greenbelt Interfaith News
    Washington Brief

    July 31, 1997

    Bahá'í Community Joins InterFaith Conference
    By James Fischer

    On May 21, the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington voted unanimously to accept the membership of the Bahá'í Community of Greater Metropolitan Washington with the understanding that the community will have observer status the first year. At the meeting, a representative of the Bahá'í Community gave a succinct presentation of the Bahá'í faith, after which the voting took place. The applause of congratulations was followed by a welcoming ceremony at which the Bahá'í Community received a holy text from each member faith of the Islamic, Jewish, Protestant, Catholic, Sikh, Hindu, and Latter-day Saints communities. The Bahá'í community reciprocated by presenting copies of Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh, The Hidden Words, and Bahá'í Prayers to each represented faith.

    The InterFaith Conference consists of 32 religious communities in the Washington area; it states that its goals are to "increase understanding, dialogue and a sense of community among peoples of diverse faiths from different races and cultures" and to "address issues of social and economic justice in defense of human dignity."

    James Fischer is secretary of the Greenbelt Bahá'í Community.

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