Bahai News - Celebrities Honor Leaders Of Interfaith Aid Effort
Saturday, July 28, 2001; Page B09
Celebrities Honor Leaders Of Interfaith Aid Effort
Virginia E. Hayes Williams, mother of D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams, sang
"Motherless Child" and WUSA news anchor Andrea Roane introduced speakers at
a reception Tuesday honoring the directors of about 380 organizations listed
in the 2001 Emergency Food and Shelter Directory.
The 90-minute event, sponsored by the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan
Washington, took place at Metropolitan AME Church on M Street NW.
The directory, now in its 19th edition, lists volunteer organizations in the
Washington area that work with the homeless, the hungry, the working poor
and those with little or no medical insurance. It is distributed jointly by
the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; the United Way of the
National Capital Region; and the Interfaith Conference, an association of
eight faith communities -- Baha'i, Hindu/Jain, Islamic, Jewish, Latter-day
Saints, Protestant, Catholic and Sikh.
Last year's guide is available online at www.interfaith-metrodc.org/ifc.htm
and will be updated within two weeks. Printed copies of the new guide are
available from the Interfaith Conference, 1419 V St. NW, Washington, D.C.
20009. For one copy, send a self-addressed business-size envelope with $1.26
in postage; for multiple copies, call 202-234-6300.
In a separate event, Metropolitan will host the first day of a four-day
festival of regional AME congregations. The festival focuses on partnerships
between congregations and homeless shelters and begins at 3 p.m. tomorrow at
Sixth and I streets NW. Bishop Vinton R. Anderson will speak, and church
members will distribute food and clothing to the homeless.
At 5 p.m., about 5,000 AME members are expected to march from Freedom Plaza
to Metropolitan to demonstrate that the church's business is "beyond the
walls," a spokeswoman said. For information on festival events, call
-- Bill Broadway
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