PRESS RELEASE: Interfaith Families Project Says Farewell to Reverend Beth McCracken-Harness, Director of Religious Education

Rev. Beth and IFFP Rings


North Bethesda, Maryland – June 5, 2024 – The Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington (IFFP) bids a fond farewell to Reverend Beth McCracken-Harness, who is stepping down as Director of Religious Education after 15 years of dedicated service. Rev. Beth’s last day at IFFP was June 2, 2024.

During her tenure, Rev. Beth has played a pivotal role in shaping the religious education program at IFFP. She has overseen the Sunday school, trained teachers, and developed curriculum for students from pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. Her passion for interfaith education has touched the lives of countless children, guiding them in exploring their Christian and Jewish traditions and fostering their own unique spiritual journeys.

“Rev. Beth came to us 16 years ago with an open mind and boundless enthusiasm, bringing joy, creativity, and kindness to our interfaith community,” says Jennifer Loukissas, Board Chair of IFFP. “Her talents will have a lasting impact on an entire generation of our community.”

Rev. Beth’s commitment to interfaith understanding extends beyond the classroom. She has actively participated in Jewish retreats and spearheaded initiatives to introduce Hebrew to younger Sunday school students. Her dedication to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment has been instrumental in the growth and success of the IFFP program.The IFFP community extends its heartfelt gratitude to Rev. Beth McCracken-Harness. We wish her, her husband David Harness, and their two children continued blessings as she pursues new opportunities.

About the Interfaith Families Project

The Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington (IFFP) is an independent community of interfaith families and others committed to sharing, learning about, and celebrating our Jewish and Christian traditions. Now in its third decade, IFFP has grown to over 100 families from Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., with virtual members across the country and around the world. IFFP provides a welcoming space where both Jewish and Christian partners feel like equal members, fostering interfaith understanding and celebrating the richness of both faiths. At IFFP, we believe in “teaching, not preaching.” 


Jennifer Loukissas

Chair, IFFP Board of Directors


  • Jennifer Loukissas

    Jennifer Loukissas and her family have been members of IFFP since 2017. She has volunteered on the IFFP Board and served on the Executive Committee.

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