9/11 Unity Walk

FAQs

The following list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) reflects information available as of 8/8/2011. Please check back periodically for updates and additional information.

Does the Walk cost money?

No, the 9/11 Unity Walk is free and open to the public. There is no admission fee, however you are welcome to make a tax deductible donation to 9/11 Unity Walk when you register.

Do I need to register ahead of time?

There is no formal advance registration for the Walk. Mark September 21st 2014, from 1:30-5:00 pm on your calendars, spread the word, and show up the day of ready to explore, connect, and take action! If you want, you can RSVP and invite others to our Facebook event invitation at: 9/11 Unity Walk 2014. In addition, there will be a brief onsite registration on the day of the Walk. Please plan to arrive early (by about 1:15pm) to make sure you’re registered before the program begins.

Who should participate in the Walk?

Everyone! This is a great event to attend with people you know—it is designed to create spaces for dialogue and foster community. Come with your family, faith community, friends, or on your own!

There will be youth-friendly activities throughout the day’s events.

Where does the Walk start?

The opening Interfaith Service and Kick-off will begin at the Washington Hebrew Congregation (3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington D.C., 20016) at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Macomb Streets.  The opening program will begin promptly at 1:30 pm.  Onsite registration will begin at approximately 1:15 pm.

Can I get there via public transit?

While the closest metro stop to Washington Hebrew Congregation is 1 mile away (Tenley Metro or Cleveland Park Metro on the Red Line), several Metrobus routes will drop you off close Please check www.wmata.com and their trip planner for the complete schedules and time of several buses that will take you to Washington Hebrew.

Dupont Metro on the Red Line is 3 blocks away from the Gandhi Memorial, where the Walk will end.

Is there parking available?

While there is minimal designated off street parking at Washington Hebrew Congregation where the Walk is starting, there is ample street parking, which is un-zoned and free on the weekends. Starting at 1:30, parking is available at Annunciation Roman Catholic Church at 3810 Massachusetts Avenue NW, a few blocks from Washington Hebrew Congregation.

How will I be able to get back to my car at the end of the Walk?

There will be shuttle buses available at the end of the route by the Gandhi Memorial
(intersection of Massachusetts, Q & 21st NW) and at the Islamic Center to bring people back to Washington Hebrew.

What is the time length of the Walk?

The Interfaith Event begins promptly at 1:30 pm, and the closing service at the Gandhi Memorial will end at 5:00 pm, so the total event will run for 3.5 hours. After the opening Interfaith Program, participants will have an hour to visit different houses of faith and religious institutions. Everyone will meet at the Islamic Center (located at 2551 Massachusetts Avenue NW) by approximately 3:15 pm, where there will be a youth service presentation, along with additional interfaith speakers. Then all participants will walk together to the Gandhi Memorial (located at the
intersection of Massachusetts Ave, 21st St and P St NW) for a culminating time of reflection and send-off, ending by 5:00 pm.

What is the total distance of the Walk?

The total Walk, from Washington Hebrew Congregation (at Macomb St. NW and Massachusetts Ave. NW.) to the Gandhi Memorial (intersection of Massachusetts Ave. NW, 21st St NW and P St NW) is just over 2.5 miles total. Part 1: From Washington Hebrew Congregation to the Washington Islamic Center, the distance is approximately 1.5 miles. Part 2: From the Washington Islamic Center to the Gandhi Memorial, this distance is approximately 1 mile. Some of the Open Houses may be a block or two off of Massachusetts Avenue.

How strenuous is the Walk route?

There is a short uphill portion of the walk between Washington Hebrew and the Sikh Gurdwara. All of the sites beyond the Gurdwara are reached by walking/proceeding down hill. All of the locations of the Walk are accessible by sidewalks. The pace for walking will be set by your abilities—there will be generous time given to travel from location to location.

While there is no shuttle bus planned to take participants to each individual location along the Walk, there will be a shuttle bus available to bring participants from the Gandhi Memorial back to their cars at the Gurdwara.

(Note: Many of the locations along the Walk are handicapped accessible. Also, in the past, people in wheelchairs have participated. However, we are unable to guarantee that all aspects of the Walk will be fully accessible.)

How will I know where to go during the Walk?

A number of volunteers will be on hand to serve as guides throughout the day’s events and at the different locations of the Walk. You will also be provided with a map of the different locations.

What should I wear/bring?

Activities at the Walk will include both indoor and outdoor portions, so please dress accordingly—layers may be helpful. Please also pay attention to the weather forecast, and bring an umbrella if there’s a chance of rain. Since you will be walking between locations, comfortable shoes are encouraged.

Some of the Open Houses and locations along the walk have specific traditions regarding dress, and we ask that you respect these traditions as much as possible—in particular we ask that you avoid wearing shorts and sleeveless shirts (both men and women). Also, a head covering is recommended in several places for both men and women. Some sites ask that you remove your shoes upon entering, so wearing easily removable shoes may be helpful.

As for other items, feel free to bring your camera for outdoor pictures, but cameras are sometimes restricted inside some locations. Also, remember, no banners, please.

Are food or water provided?

There are several opportunities along the Walk route to enjoy delicious food, prepared with love for our walkers! At the Sikh Gurdwara, delicious Indian food is served in the tradition of a Langar meal, which originated as a gathering to ensure that people of all faiths and backgrounds were welcome. Snacks and Water are provided at several other congregations along the route, including the Vatican Embassy, where friendly nuns routinely deliver trays of cookies to walkers. More food is shared at the Islamic Center. Walkers are most welcome to bring their own snack as well.

Is there a rain/bad weather plan?

The Walk will happen rain or shine, so please plan accordingly and wear weather-appropriate clothing or bring an umbrella if rain is forecast. As mentioned previously, there will be activities both indoors and outdoors – some (but not all) of the outdoor events have indoor locations in case of bad weather.

What exactly does an open house mean?

The Open House portion of the Walk will be a time for exploration of faith traditions you may not be as familiar with. Different houses of worship and religious institutions will open their doors and offer educational opportunities related to their traditions. For example, in past years, the Sikh Gurdwara has featured a turban-tying demonstration and served a traditional meal; the Soka Gakkai Intl.-USA Buddhist Culture Center has showcased a chant; and participants have been invited to tour the Islamic Center.  There will be representatives at each site on hand to answer any questions and to serve as guides.

This year’s theme is “From Different Walks We Serve As One,” so the Open Houses have been asked to showcase their own efforts to help their neighbors and their communities. In general, the emphasis is on education and exploration, and is not—nor ever has been—focused on conversion.

It is important to note that because the Open House portion of the Walk will run for only an hour, it will not be possible to visit every location.  We suggest choosing 2-3 sites to visit during the allotted time.

What is a Interfaith Youth Action Group?

An Interfaith Youth Action Group (IYAG) challenges a leadership core of approximately 12 high school-aged youth from different faiths to lead service projects linking local community needs to the global Millennium Development Goals. IYAGs teach youth to work together effectively for the good of the community.

9/11 Unity Walk can help you form your own IYAG. Click here for more information!

What is meant by “Unity Walk?” Is it like a demonstration or a rally?

No, this is not a demonstration or a rally. There are no banners and no agendas.

From the beginning, the Walk has been designed as an experience – a thought-provoking and growing experience. It is a rare opportunity for people to come together to celebrate faith around the central theme of unity. Most walkers find their own faith strengthened, but also revel in the opportunity to learn about people of other faiths.

Walkers come from all backgrounds. They come to listen to thought-provoking speeches, and are encouraged to seek out and strike up conversations with people of different faiths, to reflect, and also to celebrate.

Essentially, the Unity Walk serves to remind walkers of its mission: “Moving us towards a world where we are united rather than divided by our many faiths.” We urge you to come and enjoy your Walk experience!

Do you have to be a religious person to enjoy/attend this event?

Again, all are welcome to join. Whether someone has chosen to embrace a specific faith or not, that person can still join together in a celebration of the notions of unity, tolerance, understanding, dialogue, and service to others.

What are some ways I can help during the Walk?

There are several ways to get involved:
Volunteer:  we are looking for volunteers to help with various tasks such as on-site registration, setting up tables, and directing people along the course of the walk. Contact our Director, Meghan Mulvenna at director911unitywalk@gmail.com if you would like to help.

Make a Donation:  As always, admission to the Walk is absolutely free.  However, if you’d like to support our efforts, you can make a donation on our website. We truly appreciate whatever you can contribute!

How do I find out about any updates on the Walk’s program?

Regular updates will be posted on our website: www.911unitywalk.org and on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/911unitywalk. Also, periodic emails will be sent out to those who have joined the email list.

For additional questions, please contact Dominique at director@911unitywalk.orgor 301-580-0934.

Will an American Sign Language translator be available?

An American Sign Language interpreter will be present at the opening ceremonies and for the program at the Islamic Center.

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