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Festival Center Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Civil Rights, Education, Educational Services, Human Services, Neighborhood Centers, Religion

Mission: The Festival Center's vision is to empower and equip people to live authentically and to embody now what God calls the world to be ultimately. We work to carry out our vision by by empowering persons and faith organizations on the inward/outward journey of Christian discipleship; collaborating with other missions of compassion and justice; awakening the world to the crises of our time; evoking people’s calls and gifts, and enlisting them as servant leaders in transforming the world.

Geographic areas served: Washington DC Metro Area (primarily)

Programs: Servant Leadership School, Noon Day Prayer, Discipleship Year, and Festival Foods

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The Festival Center is an amazing place with an open door to the community. This place of unique connectivity, birthed out of the dynamic Church of the Saviour, is growing to become a model of racial reconciliation, social and restorative justice, and a place of spiritual contemplation. It is a place where seekers who are trying to find their way are welcome to immerse into a community. It is a place with a solid Christian base, complemented by an ecumenical outreach that is inclusive and relevant to serve our present age. The Festival Center is Home to the Servant Leadership School with classes in reconciliation, prayer, scripture, community, holy sharing of power, mutually liberating relationships, social, economic, and ecological justice. This model has been imitated throughout the United States and as far away as Seoul, South Korea. Many churches worship in the center, with a Latino Congregation, and what that is diverse with many congregants from the continent of Africa. Spiritual Support Groups meet, Alcohol and Narcotics Anonymous meet here. Some of the tenants in the Building are Little Bird Acupuncture, Jubilee Housing, Faith and Money Network, Community Ladders, Office of the Church of the Saviour, and Jubilee Support Alliance. Space is available to rent, we have conference rooms, a beautiful small chapel, a large room that can be divided into 3 spaces, and a roof top terrace. It is a remarkable place that serves our community well and beyond. Come by and visit the staff and our board of directors who are a working board, fully vested in the mission of the Festival Center.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have enjoyed a relationship with the Festival Center and their excellent staff since 1997. My wedding reception was held there and presently I am a member of a group that utilizes their facility on Saturday and Sundays. Additionally, I have attended their Servant Leadership Classes and my place of employment holds a graduation there four times a year. The staff is excellent and open to comments and idea. In my opinion, the Festival Center is an asset to residents of the Columbia Height community and the District of Columbia as a whole.

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