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Guide to Howard County 2021: Religion

Fr. Tyler Kline participates in a drive thru confession outside Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City during the season of Lent in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Fr. Tyler Kline participates in a drive thru confession outside Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City during the season of Lent in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun)

The faith communities that worship in Howard County include Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Mormon, Christian Scientist, Seventh-day Adventist, Mennonite, Baha’i, Quaker and Unitarian Universalist groups. The 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 have formed in recent years.

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INTERFAITH CENTERS

With Columbia’s founding in 1967 came the concept of interfaith centers. These centers in Wilde Lake, Oakland Mills, River Hill, Owen Brown and Kings Contrivance are home to a number of diverse worship communities. Although the coronavirus continues to spread and infection rates continue to rise, these interfaith centers remain available to individuals by appointments.

Oakland Mills Interfaith Center — The Meeting House

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410-730-4090

Owen Brown Interfaith Center

410-381-2000

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The Gathering Place in River Hill

410-531-3229

Wilde Lake Interfaith Center

410-730-7920

Kings Contrivance Interfaith Campus:

Orthodox Church of Saint Matthew

240-755-0324

Cornerstone Church

410-381-8308

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.

RELIGIOUS RESOURCES

Baha’is of Howard County

410-730-6540

Catholic Charities of Baltimore

667-600-2000

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

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