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10 faith sites to check out at #RNA2016

Monday, August 29, 2016  
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National Cathedral

By Alexandra Greenwald

Surrounded by a rich diversity of religious groups in the D.C. area, we made sure to give the 2016 RNA Annual Conference enough breathing room to allow attendees the chance to explore the surrounding neighborhoods. Here's 10 sites to get your faith-based tour started:

1. The National Cathedral

The National Cathedral bills itself as “the spiritual home of the nation,” making it a must-see for anyone interested in the role of religion in American life. A variety of tours are available, but visitors are also welcome to look around on their own or attend a choral evensong or evening prayer, held daily at 5:30. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; worship services begin at 8 a.m. Sunday. Cost: $11 for adults. Free admission Sundays. Some tours require an additional donation. Website: https://cathedral.org/

2. The Seventh-day Adventist General Conference

The world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is located in Silver Spring. Stop by the Visitor’s Center or take a tour to learn more about the beliefs of this 19 million-member denomination. Time: Tours leave Monday through Thursday at 9 a.m.; tours of the Ellen White Estate are available throughout the day. Cost: Free. Website: https://www.adventist.org/en/world-church/general-conference/tours/

3. America’s Islamic Heritage Museum and Cultural Center

What began as a traveling exhibition in 1996, this museum now highlights the rich history of Islam in America through a collection of exhibits, artifacts and documents. Hours: 12–5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, closed Monday. Cost: $7. Website: http://www.aihmuseum.org/home.html 

4. The Franciscan Monastery

This monastery maintains replicas of some of Christianity’s holiest sites as part of its mission to “bring the Holy Land to America.” Friars offer tours of these replicas — and the rest of the church — several times a day. Time: Tours leave hourly between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday from 1–3 p.m. Cost: Free, but donations are accepted. Website: http://www.myfranciscan.org/

5. The “Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World” Exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian

Through a collection of objects from eight Native American cultures arranged to reflect the solar year, this exhibition explores traditional cosmologies as they have been understood from ancient times to the present day. Hours: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily Cost: Free Website: http://nmai.si.edu/

6. Sunday Morning Program at the D.C. Baha’i Center

The D.C. Baha’i Center opens its doors to everyone on Sunday mornings for worship and presentations on modern issues from a Baha’i perspective. Hours: 11 a.m. Sunday Cost: Free Website: http://www.dcbahai.org/home

7. Myosenji Buddhist Temple

Myosenji Buddhist Temple is one of only six Nichiren Shoshu temples in the United States and serves Buddhists in the southeastern part of the country, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Hours: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily Cost: Free Website: http://nstmyosenji.org/

8. Washington D.C. Temple Visitor’s Center

While non-Mormons aren’t allowed into the Temple, the Visitor’s Center and grounds are open to everyone. The Center offers exhibits on Mormonism and Mormon life, and the grounds are home to beautiful gardens. Hours: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily. Cost: Free Website: https://www.facebook.com/WashingtonDCVC/timeline

9.  National Museum of Jewish American Military History

This museum has preserved and presented the contribution of Jewish Americans to the American Armed Forces since 1958. Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, open Sunday by appointment for groups of six or more. Closed Saturday. Cost: Donation Website: https://nmajmh.org/

10. ISKCON of Washington, D.C.

The International Society of Krishna Consciousness, or Hare Krishna movement, maintains a temple and grounds along the Potomac that is home to the first ISKCON Krishna Deity in America. Visitors are welcome every day, but Sunday Open Houses allow visitors the chance to learn about Bhakti Yoga, see the grounds and participate in meditation workshops. Hours: Open houses are held from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. each Sunday. Cost: Free Website: http://iskconofdc.org/

 

View the 2016 RNA Conference schedule, registration rates and hotel information here.


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