Iftar Dinner & Reflection on Fasting in Scripture with the Rumi Forum

What to Expect

Join us for an Iftar (meal to break the fast) and Interfaith scripture study on the meaning and value of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. Hosted at the newest LDS chapel in the area with food and dialogue facilitation provided by the Rumi Forum, an organization dedicated to fostering interfaith dialogue and facilitating intercultural understanding.

Scriptural Reasoning:

We will be following the scriptural reasoning methodology for our dialogue, specifically designed for adherents to Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) to compare and assess differences and commonalities in each other's holy texts. Scriptural Reasoning groups exist all across the world.


Ramadan is a holy month of the Islamic year. During this time Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and celebrate this time as a period of community, reflection, and prayer. Before the beginning of the fast each, Muslims eat a pre-fast meal called suhoor. The post-fast meal is known as iftar and is frequently celebrated in the company of extended family, friends, and the community.

Muslims also remember Ramadan as the month in which Allah revealed the Quran and celebrate the end of the month with Eid Al-Fitr.

Since we are hosting this in an LDS meetinghouse, we would appreciate volunteers for set up and clean up. Please note that the meetinghouse is in an apartment building. Follow our instructions below and you won't get lost!

Please register by midnight on Wednesday, April 20 so we can give our hosts an accurate headcount for the reception.

Program outline:

  • 6:30-7:00pm - Arrival

  • 7:00pm - Scriptural Reasoning Activity

  • 7:54pm - Communal Iftar

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Dinner & Dialogue:
Honoring the Bahá’í
19-day Fast

What to Expect

The Month of Loftiness in the Bahá’í calendar aligns with the 19-day fast, a month to elevate one's spirituality. During the 19-day Fast (this year running from March 2 - March 20), Bahá’ís will abstain from water and food from sunrise to sundown, engage in focused prayer, and work on their spiritual aspirations.

Join us in hosting the local Bahá’í community for a full meal to break the fast and a dialogue around the spiritual value of fasting. The meal will be catered. Plentiful vegetarian and gluten-free options will be provided.

Though not required, you are encouraged to bring a homemade dessert or a donation to contribute to the cost of the meal. Please register by 5:00p.m. on Tuesday, March 15th so we can get an accurate head count for the meal.

Program outline:

  • 6:30pm - doors

  • 6:45pm - welcome & opening prayers

  • 7:00pm - serve dinner (sundown at 7:17)

  • 7-8pm - small group discussions at tables

  • 8-8:25pm - large group discussion

  • 8:25pm - announcements and photos

Visit to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

What to expect

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception just saw its 100-year anniversary; the first foundation stone was laid in 1920. Intended to model "great cathedrals of the Old World" in its beauty, dignity, and sanctity, the Basilica blends Byzantine Revival and Romanesque Revival architecture. It is the largest Catholic church in the United States, one of the largest in the world, and the tallest habitable building in Washington DC. Built from the generosity and imagination of many generations of American Catholics, it is often considered to be America's official Catholic Church.

We have been invited for a tour of and talk about the Basilica during the season of Lent, where Catholics fast and make intentional sacrifices to maintain spiritual focus while awaiting the Easter Holiday. This makes this a special time to learn about American Catholicism.

Please register by midnight on Wednesday, March 16th so we can give our hosts an accurate headcount for the reception.

Program outline:

  • 2:00pm - Tour of the Shrine

  • 2:45pm - Talk in the Upper Church

  • 3:15pm - Cake & Tea Reception

Visit to the Freemasons Naval Lodge No. 4

Hosted by Naval Lodge No. 4
Thursday, January 20, 2022
8:00pm - 9:30pm

Visit the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House

Hosted by the DC Catholic Worker House
Saturday, December 11th, 2021

What to Expect

Join us in a visit to the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House, a community of hospitality and resistance. We will learn about Dororthy Day, community life at the Catholic Worker House, and participate in an advocacy activity. Please note that do to the size of the space, we can only accept the first 20 registrants.

The Catholic Worker Movement was established in 1933 by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin. Tom Cornell, associate editor of the publication The Catholic Worker, writes:

“The movement is made up of people motivated by the teachings of Jesus, especially as they are summarized in the Sermon on the Mount, and the teachings of the Catholic Church, in the writings of the early Fathers and the social encyclicals of the modern popes, to bring about a 'new society within the shell of the old, a society in which it will be easier to be good.' A society in tune with these teachings would have no place for economic exploitation or war, for racial, gender or religious discrimination, but would be marked by a cooperative social order without extremes of wealth and poverty and a nonviolent approach to legitimate defense and conflict resolution.”

Visit the Ahmaddiya Mosque (Women & Girls)

Hosted by the Women’s Organization of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
Sunday, December 5th, 2021

What to Expect

This is an opportunity to learn about the life and teachings of the founder of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad, with the Women's organization of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Maryland. This event is for women and girls only. Refreshments will be served.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community are Muslims who believe in the Messiah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian. Mirza Ghulam claimed to be the metaphorical second coming of Jesus Christ and the Mahdi, whose advent Prophet Muhammad foretold The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community believes that God sent Mirza Ghulam to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed, and restore morality, justice, and peace. He founded the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in 1889 as a revival movement within Islam, emphasizing its essential teachings of peace, love, justice, and sanctity of life.

Today, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community spans over 200 nations with membership exceeding tens of millions and is led by a Khalifa, Mirza Masroor Ahmad. Mirza Masroor Ahmad resides in the United Kingdom and serves as the community’s spiritual and administrative head.

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