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Join us as we come together in ‘Service for Peace’ at the 9th Annual 9/11 Unity Walk on Sunday, September 21, 2014.
2014 Program Highlights:
- Jack Gordon will speak at the opening program and present his photography exhibit Deeds not Words at Washington Hebrew Congregation.
- Northwest High School Choir will be performing at this year! Watch their version of the South Africa folk song “Shosholoza” here.
- Sister Jenna, Director of Brahma Kumaris Meditation Museum and host of America Meditating Radio Show.
- Collaboration with Day to Serve 2014.
- Service project at the Vatican Embassy, in Partnership with the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge.
The Traditions Continue…
- Open House of a wide variety of faith-based and conscious communities along embassy row.
- Free ethnic food, served in the spirit of breaking bread with one another.
- Stunning experiences of everyday people and faith leaders coming together to share and learn about one another.
2014 UNITY WALK PROGRAM AND SCHEDULE
12:00 Registration Begins
12:00-1:30 Interfaith Expo Open
1:00 Doors Open
1:10 Welcoming Performance: Siddartha Lahiri
1:30 Opening Ceremony Begins
• Multi-traditional Calls to Prayer/Gather:
– Muslim: Joseph Soltani, Dar Al Hijrah
– Buddhist: Bhante K. Uparatana, International Buddhist Center, Buddhist Chaplain at American University
- Hindu: Minister Amar Nath Rajdhani Mandir Temple
• Opening Remarks: Rabbi Bruce Lustig, Senior Rabbi, Washington Hebrew Congregation
• How The Unity Walk Began: Kyle Poole, Founder, 9/11 Unity Walk
• Deeds Not Words, Jack Gordon, Producer, Faith in Action DC
• Gabroo Punjab De Banghra dancers
2:00 9/11 Unity Walk Begins:
Participants are invited to walk at their leisure, and explore the following program components at they walk:
Washington Hebrew Congregation, Open House
3935 Macomb St. NW
NEW! MakeMeals service project, sponsored and hosted by MakeSpace – Walkers are invited to put together meals, which will be delivered directly to individuals in need in Washington DC by volunteers of MakeSpace.
• Embassy Pentecostal Evangelical Church, Open House
“Blessings, Speaking in Tongues and Miracles.”
3855 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
• Annunciation Catholic Church, Open House
Guided tours of the church.
3810 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
• NEW to this location! Gleaning project, sponsored by Society of St. Andrew and hosted by Day to Serve – Walkers are invited to stop here and help bag 40,000 pounds of potatoes, to be donated to Capital Area Food Bank and DC Central Kitchen.
• Sikh Gurdwara, Open House
Guided tours and turban tying demonstration.
3801 Massachusetts Ave NW
• Delicious Indian Food! Sikh Langar is a traditional family-style meal, welcoming of all faiths and backgrounds.
• Washington National Cathedral, Open House
Tours of the Cathedral.
3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
• NEW at this location! Visit the National Cathedral’s featured interfaith arts exhibit, Amen: A Prayer for the World. Designed to build bridges of respect, understanding, and sharing between the creeds and cultures of the East and West, the exhibition features 48 fiberglass sculptures in prayer painted by 30 Muslim and Christian Egyptian artists and 18 Christian and Jewish western artists.
• St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, Open House
Experience the sacred architecture, iconography, and liturgical chant of Saint Sophia Cathedral, the crown jewel of Byzantine Orthodoxy in our nation’s capital.
2815 36th Street, NW
• Community of Christ, Open House
Guided Tour , and sharing of current international program.
3526 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
• St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Open House
Guided Tour of sanctuary filled with beautiful iconography.
3500 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
• Soka Gakkai International, Buddhist Cultural Center, Open House
A Chance to Chant, learn a chanting style and send peaceful vibrations to the world.
3417 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
• Embassy of the Vatican, Open House
Greeting from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, invitation to tour the Pope’s chapel and opportunity to participate in a service project in the Embassy’s gardens.
3339 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
• Returning to this location! Service Project, sponsored by Whole Foods, Tenleytown, and hosted by the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge – Walkers are invited to assemble trail mix bags to be distributed to Friendship Place, a resource center for the homeless community in Washington, DC.
• Khalil Gibran Memorial Park
3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
• NEW at this location! Mantra Meditation – Engaging chanting by the Hare Krishna community.
4:00 Main Program Resumes
Islamic Center of Washington
2551 Massachusetts Ave. NW
• Northwestern High School Choir – Song to gather
• Opening Remarks: Imam Addullah Khouj, President, Islamic Center of Washington
• Blessings and Remarks:
– Rabbi Gerald Serotta, New Executive Director, IFC
– Pastor Dave Owens, Embassy Church
– Jennifer Bardi, American Humanist Association
– Sister Jenna, Director of the Brahma Kumaris’ Meditation Museum
• Northwestern High School Choir – Songs of celebration
• Blowing of the Jewish Shofar – Rabbi David Shneyer, Am Kolel
• NEW at this location! Delicious food by the Vaishnava Hindu Community (a.k.a: the Hare Krishna Community)
4:30 Procession to the Gandhi Memorial
Massachusetts & 21st St. NW:
- Opening Remarks: Mr. Ghanshyam Gupta, President, Association of United Hindu & Jain Temples (UHJT)
- Hindu Hymn
- Featured Remarks: Hamzah Khan and Julia Kagan, Youth representatives from Capital Area Interfaith Friends (CAIF), Partner of 9/11 Unity Walk
- Closing Performance, Rajdhani Mandir Children’s Choir