Howard Magazine - Page 58 - Religion

Howard Magazine
- Page 58
Religion

Religion in Howard County is diverse and flourishing. The faith communities that worship here include Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Mormon, Christian Scientist, Seventh-Day Adventist, Mennonite, Baha’i, Quaker and Unitarian Universalist groups. Howard County was home to more than 200 places of worship in 2010, according to data from the Association of Statisticians and Religious Bodies.

 

Congregants meet in interfaith centers, churches, synagogues, schools or neighborhood facilities. Many foreign-language congregations also have formed in recent years.

 

Interfaith centers

 

With Columbia’s founding in 1967 came the concept of interfaith centers, allowing city planners to use land and resources more wisely. The interfaith centers in Wilde Lake, Oakland Mills, River Hill, Owen Brown and Kings Contrivance are home to a number of diverse worship communities.

 

Oakland Mills Interfaith Center —The Meeting House 410-730-4090 themeetinghouse.org

 

Owen Brown Interfaith Center 410-381-2000 obicolumbia.org

 

The Gathering Place in River Hill 410-531-3229 thegatheringplacemd.com

 

Wilde Lake Interfaith Center 410-730-7920 thewildelakeinterfaithcenter.com

 

Kings Contrivance Interfaith Campus: Orthodox Church of Saint Matthew 240-755-0324 stmatthewoca.org

 

Cornerstone Church 410-381-8308 thecornerstonechurch.net

 

Bon Secours

 

For more than 50 years, the Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center in Marriottsville has offered a place of retreat for groups or individuals interested in spending some quiet time in peace, reflection and prayer. The center, run by the Sisters of Bon Secours, welcomes self-guided retreats but also offers both day- and weekend-long retreats and workshops. It has 70 guest suites, meeting rooms, a chapel and a dining room, and elsewhere on the 300-acre site are a reflecting pond, labyrinth, Zen-style peace garden, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and bookstore. Call 410-442-3120 or visit rccbonsecours.com for more information.