The organization is not limited to clergy, but welcomes any religious professional or interested lay person, Jewell said.
Jewell is the senior pastor of John Wesley United Methodist Church, and leads the group's executive board, which is made up of clergy and lay professionals of various faiths.
HARC meets on the third Wednesday of every month from September through May. The meetings are from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Otterbein United Methodist Church at Franklin and Locust streets.
Meetings provide a forum for community groups to make presentations to the religious community and to provide the opportunity for its members for fellowship and to work together on community and global issues.
For more information on HARC, call Jewell at 301-733-0391 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diversification fueled by language, doctrine
Washington County is home to about 200 houses of worship, with diversification fueled by language or doctrine or both.
Among the congregations worshipping in the area are:
Congregation B'nai Abraham
53 E. Baltimore St., Hagerstown. For information, call 301-733-5039.
Md. 63 at Kemps Mill Road, Williamsport. Spanish services Saturday at 6 p.m. For information, call 301-582-4595 or go to www.gatewayfreshfire.org.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Lappans Road, Boonsboro, each Sunday at 12:30 p.m., a Romanian Orthodox service is held for St. Philothea of Arges Mission. For information, go to www.roea.org.
Zion Assembly of God
13814 Village Mill Drive in Maugansville, Russian services Sundays at 2 p.m. For more information about the Russian language services, call 301-739-3888 or 301-733-3790.
Hagerstown Latino Church of the Nazarene
141 N. Edgewood Drive, Hagerstown. Latino services are held Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Services are in Spanish. For information, call 301-797-4524.
Iglesia Adventista del Septimo Dia
(Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church), 17805 Sherman Ave., Hagerstown. For information, call 240-601-5623.
Virginia Avenue Baptist Church
17426 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown, Servicios en Espanol Domingo, Sundays, 7 p.m.
The Islamic Society of Western Maryland
2036 Day Road, Hagerstown. For information, call 301-797-0922
Living Water Church of Hagerstown
Korean Baptist Church, 20716 Lehman's Mill Road. For information, call the Rev. Yang Sook Lee at 301-797-0611.
St. Catherine's Eastern Orthodox Church
433 Liberty St., Hagerstown. For information, call 301-790-2616
Tibetan Meditation Center
9301 Gambril Park Road, Frederick, Md. For information, call 301-473-5750 or 301-977-2228; or the Drikung Mahayana Center in Potomac, Md., at 240-238-1903.