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Review for Festival Center Inc, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

The Festival Center, Inc. is a highly visible orgnization in the multicultural and economic diverse Adams-Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. A faith based organization having grown out of the Church of the Saviour, it is the home of the Servant Leadership School, it's primary focus. At the School courses are taught in basic, core understanding of the Christian faith with a strong emphasis on social justice. For 22 years individuals and groups have come from the DC metropoliton area and from acrosss the continent for classes and special conferences. It has developed a strong local leadership team but also draws on outstanding scholars and activists in the fields of Biblical Studies, theology, civil rights and other aspects of social justice. It's Servant Leadership School has helped to birth a number of similar schools across the country, Memphis, TN.; Greensboro, NC; and Waco, Texas are examples. It is a warm, welcoming place for the neighborhood and those who come from afar. It houses meetings for a number of churches in the neighborhood including an Hispanic congregation and many churches hold meetings there. It is the home office of Tell the Word, an speaker and publishing organization whose goal is to speak the truth to power. It is the home of Spiritual Support groups which bring together racially and economically diverse groups for in-depth sharing. It is a bridge between cultures. It has a job training program , Festival Foods, .which prepares persons to work in the food industry. It sponsors a Discipleship Year program which houses interns and places them in local ministries. It provides Andrews House, a guest house where people can stay who come to olearn from and participate in the innovative ministries birthed by the ecumenical, the Church of the Saviour. It sponsors mentors and programs for persons returning to society from incarceration. It houses the offices of a number of ministries. It offers individual spiritual mentoring through a spiritual direction program referred to as "spiritual companions." It truly has been and is a life changing place for thousands of people in its 22 year history.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

countless ways--in depth learning experiences which have expanded my knowldege in areas beyond my previous knowledge and expertise. I've experienced very gracious hospitality on literally hundreds of occasions and cannot even imagine what my life would be like without the community, warmth and knowledge I've found there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find ways to further increase the diversity of its clientele and give a Certicate in Servant Leadership to those who have compled the school's core classes. The purpose of the organization is service.

Role:  Volunteer & I first attended classes in the Servant Leadership School in its initial year and have continued in subsequent years. It has been an amazing experience to sit in a room with reknowned scholars and be able to ask questions and think through important issu.