Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs

What We Do

What We Do

  • Establish and coordinate effective collaborations between the District of Columbia government agencies and the faith community in addressing citywide issues
  • Cultivate policies that engage community and faith-based organizations in the creation of citywide programs and initiatives across multiple disciplines
Meet the Director

Meet the Director

Thomas Bowen

Thomas Bowen
Director
Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs

In his role as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs role he works with the faith community to determine their concerns, needs and programs. He works to develop collaboration between the government and the faith community. He also attempts to foster government action to enhance and increase program efficiency and effectiveness of the faith community. He is often called “DC’s Pastor.”

Reverend Bowen is also the Earl L. Harrison Minister of Social Justice at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington and has faithfully served that congregation as a member of its ministerial team since July 2002. A native of Lorain County, Ohio he has called Washington home for nearly two decades and currently resides in the Trinidad neighborhood in Northeast.

History

History

Established in 1973 through the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs (MORA) collaborates with the Mayor's Interfaith Council to provide outside input into partnerships and other issues of concern to the religious community. MORA is committed to increasing the involvement of the faith community in alignment with the goals of the Mayor’s administration to create pathways to the middle class.

Contact Us

Contact Us

John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 332
Phone: (202) 442-8150
Email: [email protected]

Mayor's Office of Religious Affairs
Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs