Source: The Washington Post
On February 9, 2000, The Washington Post reported that an interfaith open house was held at the Mormon Suitland Stake Center in Camp Springs, Maryland. Mormons from across Maryland and the metro Washington area hosted the open house to show the $2 million in renovations, to demonstrate their commitment to work with neighbors on social issues, and to highlight their work in genealogy. Suitland Stake President Spencer Blackburn stated: "We wanted to bring together the interfaith community and see what problems that we can work on together." A cross section of area religious and civic leaders were represented at the open house, including Nation of Islam minister Shawn Muhammed. There are more than 11 million Mormons who are divided into 2,500 stakes around the world. The Suitland Stake, which covers Calvert, Charles, Prince George's, and Anne Arundel counties in Maryland, is one of 10 stakes in the Washington area.