Faith-based, Spiritual and Religious Resources - DC Area
This is a list of DC Area faith-based resources. For a list of National and International faith-based groups, click here!

  • 9/11 Unity Walk, The 9/11 Unity Walk brings together people of all ages, backgrounds and faiths to learn to respect each other through a framework of experiential education, compassionate leadership and intentional service. Unity Walk seeks to create a world where we are united, rather than divided, by our many faiths.
  • Action in Montgomery (AIM), is a non-partisan alliance of 30 congregations and neighborhood organizations in Montgomery County whose primary goal is to develop local leadership to organize the people power to create a more just county. AIM is an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF).  
  • Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Community and Resource Center, Am Kolel is a Jewish Renewal Community serving the DC metro area, providing guidance and services for all lifecycle events.  We are a resource center for personalized Judaism.  Our Retreat Center, in northwest Montgomery County, is available for group or personal retreats, events, meetings & lifecycle celebrations.  Am Kolel is Hebrew for "an inclusive people."  Since the community’s founding in 1990, Am Kolel has addressed unmet needs in a welcoming, inclusive community and has responded to issues facing society with a progressive Jewish presence.
  • Buddhist Culture CenterThe SGI-USA is an American Buddhist association that promotes peace and individual self-development based on the Mahayana tradition. Practitioners draw on the principles of the Lotus Sutra, particularly the respect for the inherent potential of each individual, recognition of the importance of making good causes in daily life, and an emphasis on interconnectedness.  These principles inform the socially engaged Buddhism of SGI members.  The SGI members in the D.C. Region reflect a cross-section of the larger community in the District of Columbia and surrounding jurisdictions.   
  • Buddhist Peace Fellowship, The Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship is a coalition of Buddhists and like-minded individuals dedicated to serving as a proactive force for peace, social and economic justice, and a sustainable environment.
  • Call to Renewal-People of Faith Overcoming Poverty, Rooted in four primary values: overcoming poverty, dismantling racism, affirming life, and rebuilding family and community. Call to Renewal’s current mission focus is its Covenant for a New America, a vision for policy change that focuses on economic empowerment, renewing communities, strengthening families and ending extreme poverty. See also Sojourners.
  • Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good promotes public policies and effective programs that enhance the inherent dignity of all, especially the poor and most vulnerable. Our work is inspired by Gospel values and the rich history of Catholic social teaching as they inform pressing moral issues of our time.  We accomplish our goals through public policy analysis and advocacy, strategic media outreach, and engaging citizens in the service of the common good. 
  • Center of Concern, The Center of Concern is a faith-based organization working in collaboration with ecumenical and interfaith networks to bring a prophetic voice for social and economic justice to a global context. The Center is both a provider of information and analysis as well as a catalyst for launching projects to address issues or opportunities that advance an authentic human development agenda. Through analysis, education, advocacy and capacity building, the Center challenges structural injustice and promotes innovative economic alternatives.
  • Crossroads Ministries, The Mission of Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training is to dismantle systemic racism and build antiracist multicultural diversity within institutions and communities implemented primarily by training institutional transformation teams and guided by the following principles:
    The work of Crossroads is based upon a systemic analysis of racism and its individual, institutional and cultural manifestations; Crossroads seeks to be accountable in its work to those who share a common analysis of racism, and especially to communities of color; Crossroads understands its antiracism work to be part of a national and global movement for racial justice and social equality;Crossroads recognizes that resistance to racism also requires resistance to all other forms of social inequality and oppression.
  • DC Clergy United for Marriage,  "We are District of Columbia clergy and religious leaders of many faiths, races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. We represent religious institutions in every ward in the District. We have worked together over many years for peace and justice and now join our voices again to speak a faithful word for freedom and equality.  We declare that our faith calls us to affirm marriage equality for loving same-sex couples." 
  • DC Habitat for Humanity, Building homes and hope together and providing decent, affordable housing in the District takes the work of many partners — corporations, foundations, local government and individuals – including the members of DC Habitat’s Board and staff.
  • Dayspring Retreat Center, Dayspring Retreat Center is a green, ecumenical silent retreat center, a sacred place set aside for silence, solitude, reflection and prayer. The 210 acres of rolling forests and fields invite you to wander the paths, pause by the streams and ponds, rest on a bench in the shade, or walk the stone labyrinth.
  • Father McKenna Center, A stone's throw from our nation's capitol, the Father McKenna Center was established in 1983 to carry on the legacy of Father Horace McKenna, a saintly priest who served at St. Al's from 1953-1958, returning in 1964 until his death in 1982  The Agenda of the Father McKenna Center • "To Feed the Hungry" • "To Shelter the Homeless" • "To Clothe the Naked" • (Reference: 25th Chapter of the Gospel According to Matthew)  The Purpose of the Father McKenna Center: • To Meet the Immediate Needs of the Poor and Homeless • To Educate Students and the Public about the Causes of Poverty and Homelessness • To Advocate for and with the Poor and Homeless 
  • Festival Center/Servant Leadership School,The Festival Center empowers and equips people to live authentically and to embody now what God calls the world to be ultimately. Our Mission: empower persons and faith organization on the inward/outward journey of Christian discipleship;collaborate with missions of compassion and justice; awaken the world to the crises of our time; and evoke people’s calls and gifts and enlist them as servant leaders in transforming the world.
  • Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light (GWIPL) Our Mission is to help hundreds of congregations of all faiths across Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia to save energy, go green, and respond to climate change. We are part of a network of Interfaith Power & Light groups across the country.
  • *Heeding God's Call, Greater Washington chapter of HGC represents support to end gun violence among the multi-faith communities in the metropolitan area in Washington, DC, in Maryland, and in Northern Virginia.  The GW chapter celebrated its two-year anniversary in June, 2013 since which it has been picketing the Realco Store in District Heights, MD..
  • Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, Brings together the Bahai, Buddhist (Observer), Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Jewish, Latter-Day Saints,  Protestant, Roman Catholic, Sikh and Zoroastrian faith  communities in the Washington region to: 1) increase understanding, dialogue and a sense of  community among  peoples of  diverse faiths from  different races and cultures; and 2) address issues of social and economic justice in  defense of human  dignity.
  • /*Jews United for Justice, We are a community of folks of all ages and from all over the greater Washington area. JUFJ provides Jews with an opportunity to weave together Judaism and activism and creates a community in which to explore and strengthen commitments to both. Embedded in our Jewish tradition is the concept of tikkun olam (repairing the world), which teaches us that as Jews we have a responsibility to alleviate the suffering of the oppressed, both within and outside our community. Once slaves in Egypt--and strangers in many lands since--we learn from our history and liturgy the importance of adding our voices to a universal call for justice. As members of a community that has experienced both prejudice and privilege, we have a unique understanding of and commitment to social justice wherever we find ourselves. As Jews of the greater Washington, DC community, we strive to be agents of change, repairing the world by concentrating on issues of local concern. 
  • Muslim Peace Fellowship, Muslim Peace Fellowship  (Ansâr as-Salâm), founded in 1994, was the first Muslim organization specifically devoted to the theory and practice of Islamic nonviolence. We understand unarmed struggle in pursuit of wise, just, and compassionate social transformation to be the original and enduring genius of the Prophetic jihad. Part membership group, part think tank, and part movement builder, MPF is a gathering of peace and justice-oriented Muslims of all backgrounds who are dedicated to making the beauty of Islam evident in the world.
  • National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund, The National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund (NCPTF), based in Washington, D.C., is a not-for-profit 501(c)(4) organization which advo­cates for passage of the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act, H.R. 2483, in the 113th Congress. When enacted, this law will restore the rights of citizens whose conscience does not permit financial participa­tion in any war. This includes both individuals who are members of re­ligious congregations as well as those who are not religious, but have ethical and moral objections to paying for war.
  • National Council of Churches,  The NCC is a community of communions called by Christ to visible unity and sent forth in the Spirit to promote God’s justice, peace, and the healing of the world.
  • Partnership for Renewal in Southern and Central Maryland (PRISCM) The purpose of PRISCM is to unite people of faith and others who share our values in a powerful entity that can impact issues affecting people in our congregations and communities, especially those who are economically and/or politically disenfranchised; and to utilize these issues and the tools of congregation based community organizing to build relevant, strong, vibrant communities of faith. 
  • Pax Christi Metro DC, Pax Christi Metro DC is a Catholic peace and justice community serving metropolitan Washington, DC and is a region of the national Catholic peace movement, Pax Christi USA. We are a fellowship of Pax Christi groups in Northern Virginia, Washington, DC, Montgomery County and Baltimore, Maryland. Our advocacy for peace and justice is grounded in Jesus’s example of prayer, nonviolence and solidarity with the poor and in Catholic social teaching.
  • Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, The Religious Action Center ("the RAC") has been the hub of Jewish social justice and legislative activity in Washington, D.C. As the DC office of the Union for Reform Judaism, the RAC educates and mobilizes the Reform Jewish community on legislative and social concerns, advocating on more than 70 different issues, including economic justice, civil rights, religious liberty, Israel and more. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, the RAC's advocacy work is completely non-partisan and pursues public policies that reflect the Jewish values of social justice that form the core of our mandate.
  • Steinbruck Center for Urban Studies, is the social justice and interfaith ministry of Luther Place Church and has evolved into two components: the congregational social justice ministry and our hostel service & learning ministry, or Shalom House.
  • Virginians Organizing for Interfaith Community Enagement, VOICE is a non-partisan coalition of almost 50 faith communities and civic organizations in Northern Virginia working together to build power in middle and low-income communities.  We organize in Prince William, Fairfax, and Arlington counties as well as the City of Alexandria uniting people across lines of race, class, religion, political party and geography to take action on key issues in our community including but not limited to affordable housing, access to health and dental care, and immigrant rights.
  • Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace, The Washington Interfaith Alliance supports efforts to engage companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, urging them to discontinue activities that result in such profits. Where corporate engagement fails to produce change, WIAMEP endorses divesting from or boycotting those companies.  We also urge our country to condition aid to Israel on Israel’s compliance with applicable US laws and UN Security Council resolutions, the Geneva Conventions, and international human rights laws. These measures lend a much-needed boost to Palestinians and Israelis who choose non-violent means to end the occupation.  We hold this position out of concern for the well-being of Israelis and Palestinians, given that the occupation hurts both peoples and is detrimental to their need to live in peace and with justice.
  • Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) WIN is a grassroots, non-partisan organization committed to training and developing neighborhood leaders to address community issues with the Industrial Areas Foundation.
  • Women Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER), We are an international community of justice-seeking people who promote the use of feminist religious values to make social change. We invite you to partner with us to continue making waves in feminism, religions, and societiest
  • Yes We Can: Middle East Peace, YesMEP is a Washington, DC-based interfaith and secular coalition formed to promote peace in the Middle East by supporting a just and secure peace between Israelis and Palestinians based on a two-state solution.