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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 4

The Festival Center is a place of learning, activity, and service to the community, especially to the poor. I have been attending classes at the School of Servant Leadership there since it opened its doors in 1990. My small church meets there every Monday night. The Board members and teachers serve without pay. The staff views their jobs as a "calling".

The classes I've taken have enriched my life. They have opened my eyes to the needs of a suffering world. As a result I have served on boards of other charities, such as Joseph's House (a hospice for homeless men with AIDS and cancer) and The Family Place (a drop-in center for [mostly] Latino immigrants with young children.

In classes and in various projects I made friends who are different from myself in race, language, and economic status. This has opened my heart to want to become a "servant leader" myself.


Rating: 5

This is a place of welcome and learning where everyone who comes is encouraged to discover and share their own voice and vision. This happens through classes, event gatherings, a set-aside time of prayers at noon, and being a bridge daily among folks of diverse cultures and economic groups. If you are open to having your mind and heart expanded, this is the place. Not only for the formally educated, the so-called "power holders" of our society, but people from all walks of life. Check into the next term of classes, or attend the Tuesday evening speaker series. That's a good starting place to discover for yourself what the Festival Center is about.


Rating: 5

Festival center is becoming a neighborhood meeting place as well as a source of informative and inspirational groups and classes that attract diverse attendees who are interested in exploring practical spirituality.
The quiet chapel space is open every day to anyone in the neighborhood for prayer and meditation.

Review from Guidestar