Deeds Not Words
This new photography series by Jack Gordon features portraits of DC residents from diverse faith backgrounds who are living lives of service to our city. During the month of April, Studio 21 on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Markets in Brookland hosted the first exhibition of this work-in-progress, which is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.
2014 Brookland Spring Festival
For the closing of the ‘Deeds Not Words’ photography exhibition, Jack Gordon worked with fellow artists and interfaith collaborators Nafisa Isa and Jonathan B. Tucker to coordinate this multicultural celebration of Spring. The event featured musicians, poets, and dancers from around the city and around the world.
2014 DC Young Adult Faith Leaders Summit
Building off of the success of the inaugural DCYAFLS in 2013, this year’s event featured over 100 young leaders from the DC area who gathered for a day of dialogue and relationship building. Thanks to the summit’s coordianators, the DC government named the day of the summit, Feb 9, 2014 ‘Rev. Dr. Clark Lobenstine Day’, in honor of the retiring Executive Director of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington for his many years of service.
2013 DC Young Adult Faith Leaders Summit
For the first time ever, a gathering of nearly 100 young leaders from faith groups throughout the DC area came together to dialogue with their peers about their successes and challenges mobilizing their communities for justice and service. DC’s Mayor Gray and Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Education both personally addressed our gathering.
Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Faith: Artistic works exploring Islam and the Muslim community
A curated series featuring paintings, film, dance, poetry, and music that explore themes concerning Muslim identity in America, human rights in Islamic countries, and interfaith cooperation. Audiences were invited to deepen understanding, confront assumptions, and dialogue together across faith and cultural traditions. This program was part of Artland, a summer-long arts series in the Brookland neighborhood.
2012 Brookland Spring Festival
This event was in honor of the international holiday of Naw Ruz. Naw Ruz (which means “new day”) is a Spring festival that originated in Persia and is now celebrated around the world by people of numerous faith and cultural traditions. Recognizing that many traditions celebrate the coming of Spring, our festival featured artists from a variety of cultural and faith traditions, each presenting works on the theme of renewal and rebirth.