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Religion in Howard County
Rabbis Craig Axler, left, and Daniel Plotkin play music during Temple Isaiah's Rosh Hashanah in the Park celebration. (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

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 census data.

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

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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

Owen Brown Interfaith Center

410-381-2000

The Gathering Place in River Hill

410-531-3229

Wilde Lake Interfaith Center

410-730-7920

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Kings Contrivance Interfaith Campus:

Orthodox Church of Saint Matthew

240-755-0324

Cornerstone Church

410-381-8308

BON SECOURS

For the past 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.

RELIGIOUS RESOURCES

Catholic Charities of Baltimore

667-600-2000

Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church

410-309-3400

Dar al-Taqwa Islamic Center

410-997-5711

Jewish Federation of Howard County

410-730-4976

Salvation Army Howard County Service Center

443-656-3376

salvationarmymwv.org/centralmaryland

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