Maryland – District of Columbia (MDC)

MDC is  the original WASH chapter with members or other interested people in the greater Washington area including Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland.
Our members cover the spectrum labeled  freethinkers, skeptics, secular humanists, non-theists, atheists, agnostics and the recent Nones or “not sure”.
Like other WASH chapters we  participate in a range of activities with other groups of like interests.

WASH MDC March Meeting

Saturday, March 10, 2018  our topic will be “Discussing Secular Social Justice with Juhem Navarro-Rivera & Heatherly Hodges “

This is a WASH pre-meeting to the American Humanist Association full day Secular Social Justice (SSJ) Conference 2018 April 7th in Washington DC. This Conference was developed to emphasize the connection between secular humanist values and social justice activism. We thought this topic of interest to the DC secular community that we have organized a smaller meeting to discuss some of the issues and topics for the April 7th meeting. We will meet the morning of March 10th (11-12:30) at the Maryland Chevy Chase library (8005 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, MD)

The April conference includes topics such as ending everyday sexism, racial justice, the school-to-prison pipeline, immigration justice, intersectional advocacy and trans justice, and the intersection of decolonization and social justice activism. Based on speaker and audience interests e will feature some of these as part of our 90 minute meeting in March.

The meeting will be hosted by WASH’s Heatherly Hodges and include a perspective from political scientist Juhem Navarro-Rivera ( of Public Religion Research Institute and Demos.
Juhem specializes in American and Comparative political behavior.
Among his interest are ​the power of big money in American elections​ and how it affects underrepresented​/racial​ groups ​getting ​to elective office​, as well as the role of religion ​in US politics. ​He has written on rise of the Nones​ ​ and ​ of Latinos with no religious affiliation.

For general information and if there are any questions you may contact the chapter coordinator:

Gary Berg-Cross via email at
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 For general information about the MDC chapter, contact Gary Berg-Cross via email ( or via phone (240-426-0770).

P.O. Box 15319 Washington, DC 20003

General info on WASH MDC

Phone: 240-426-0770

Please remember that WASH is a volunteer organization. Contributions of your time and money are the core of WASH’s ability to serve you, our membership. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining for $35, or at least becoming a friend of WASH for $10. If you have the means to provide financial support for WASH beyond the membership dues, your contributions help WASH engage in projects such as the following:

  • Printing of the Ingersoll Walk booklet (estimated cost: $300)
  • Upgrades for the next Ingersoll Oratory Contest to include rental of a tent, an improved PA system, and upgraded prizes for contestants (estimated cost: $2,000).
  • A project to make WASH generated videos available on YouTube (estimated cost: $500)
  • Support for student groups (estimated cost: $500)
  • Support for a fee-based speaker, such as professional interpreters of Jefferson (Steve Edenbo) or Madison, book authors, or others at a WASH event (estimated cost: $3,000)
  • Advertising campaigns such as billboards (estimated cost: $5,000)

Thank you!

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