The Unity Walk Story
In a dramatic display of unity, every house of worship on Embassy Row
opens their doors to each other in a striking display of hospitality.
Christians, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists, other faiths, and those of no faith, come learn about each other, enjoy great food, and create friendships.
Walkers listen to moving speeches, engage in thought provoking dialogue, and come together for service projects.
At the link above, you will find a listing of interfaith activities, programs and events in the Washington, DC metro region. Check back periodically for updates. Please contact us if you would like to submit an event (please give 7 days notice minimum). Unity Walk seeks to be a connector for people to our programs and other avenues for interfaith efforts.
Join the walk 2014
Come join us on September 21, 2014 for the 10th annual 9/11 Unity Walk
We are planning all the details for the 2014 walk and will post details as they emerge.
In the meantime…this article by The Washington Post’s Bridget Schulte, captures the story of the 2013 walk beautifully! She wasn’t able to stay until the closing ceremony at the Gandhi Memorial hosted by the Indian Embassy who provided hot samosas and cold drinks, after a great afternoon. Come this year with your friends!
“Unity Walk Celebrates All Faiths in Rememberance of 9/11″, September 8, 2013
Experience everything from a Muslim call to prayer in DC’s largest synagogue to Amazing Grace being sung at the Islamic Center to FREE delicious Indian food at the Sikh Gurdwara.
Speakers last year included:
- Arun Gandhi (Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Nobel Peace Prize Winner)
- Sister Jenna (Brahma Kumari, Director of Meditation Museum)
- Rabbi Bruce Lustig (Senior Rabbi Washington Hebrew Congregation)
- Imam Abdullah Khouj (President, Islamic Center of Washington)
- And many more
Musical and performance guests included:
- Mosaic Harmony Chior (Representing 26 different faiths)
- DC Youth Poetry Slam
Service & Outreach
People of all faiths put aside differences to serve others
Friendships are created through people coming together for service projects on the walk and year-round:
- Gleaning – Prepare surplus produce for DC Central Kitchen and Captial Area Food Bank
- Shoe Collection – Bring gently used or new shoes to Washington Hebrew Congregation for those in need
- Trail Mix – Assemble trail mix bags to be distributed to shelters in DC
- Discussion Groups – Share in facilitated conversations around topics of interfaith understanding
Capital Area Interfaith Friends (CAIF), an interfaith group of middle school and high schoolers in Montgomery County formed in 2011, has been busy! This year CAIF has participated in:
- One Million Bones
- Women’s Shelter Service
- Community Sukkah Building
DC Interfaith Network
The DC Interfaith Network is a gathering of young professionals doing faith-based peace work in the DC metro area, dedicated to network-building, sharing best practices and opportunities. We meet monthly for themed discussions. Interested in learning more? Contact us!
President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge
This year we are proud to participate as a partner with the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. Students and leaders from around the country will join us on the walk this year, as a part of their national gathering.