The InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington
Advancing Justice, Building Community, Nurturing Understanding
Created in 1978, the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC) brings together eleven historic faith communities to promote dialogue, understanding and a sense of community among persons of diverse faiths and to work cooperatively for social and economic justice in metropolitan Washington.
IFC members are the Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Jewish, Latter-day Saints, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Sikh and Zoroastrian faith communities. (Click Here for a Full List). We work towards creating a just community through coalition-building, education, training and advocacy, by uniting diverse faith leaders to speak and act together, networking with other groups, publishing community resources and holding public events involving music, award ceremonies and lectures. We also work to deepen mutual interfaith understanding through a thoughtful process of dialogue.
IFC is committed to protecting religious liberty through education and outreach, advocacy and policy. IFC staff and members also are available as speakers and workshop participants to congregations, schools, community groups and others interested in fostering understanding among people of different faiths and traditions.
For youth, IFC participates in and leads a variety of service programs where young people of many faiths come together to clean up the environment, help build houses with needy families and other socially constructive projects, with time for discussion as they learn about each other. We also sponsor an annual scholarship essay contest for high school, college and graduate students, based on our annual lecture series on a topic at the intersection of faith and social justice.