What is the Unity Walk? The Unity Walk is a public demonstration of solidarity and unity for all faith groups in the DC metro area. It is a powerful antidote to the ongoing divisiveness we are experiencing in our country today.
When is it? The Unity Walk will be on Sunday, September 10th from 1:30pm-5pm. Check-in/walk-in registration and our resource fair will start at 12:30pm.
Where is it? Check-in, the resource fair, and the opening ceremony will be at Washington Hebrew Congregation (at the corner of Macomb St and Massachusetts Ave, NW) at 12:30. The walk will end with a closing ceremony at 4:30pm at the Islamic Center (on Massachusetts Ave, NW).
Do I have to pay to walk? No! The walk is free and open to all. There is a suggested donation of $25 for adults and $10 for children, seniors and those of limited income.
What if we can’t walk for the whole time? Walkers are welcome to join at any point during the walk. We will publish the complete route on the website before the walk begins so you can plan on your route accordingly once you arrive.
How many people will be there? We hope to have over 1,000 walkers again this year.
What houses of worship will be on the walk? Walkers will visit diverse Christian houses of worship (Catholic, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Protestant,) as well as Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh communities.
Will there be service projects? Yes, there will be two service projects. The first is apple bagging in conjunction with The Society of St. Andrew in Virginia. It will be hosted by Annunciation Roman Catholic Church. The second will be a green service project (exact details TBD) at the Apostolic Nunciature to the United States.
What activities will be happening during the walk? Each house of worship will have their own programming including a demonstration of religious rituals, a tour of the building, an offering of traditional foods, and an introduction to the religion and its practices.
Will there be lead-in events? Yes! We’re very excited to offer several lead-in events this year. There will be an interfaith picnic at the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, September 9 from 5-8pm. In addition, during the week leading up to the walk, several houses of worship along the route, including Washington Hebrew Congregation and Annunciation Roman Catholic Church, will open their doors to the general public during regular prayer times. More specific information about this lead-in event will be posted on our website later this month.
Can my boss/director/religious leader speak during the walk? Unfortunately, no. We keep our opening and closing ceremonies short so that we can focus on the walk and on visiting the houses of worship.
How else can I participate? Volunteer! We are looking for volunteers to help throughout the walk. If you would like more information, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can my friends and family follow me on the walk? Yes! We encourage you to have an active social media presence throughout the walk. (The five most active posters on social media will get a special thank you at the end of the walk!) The hashtag for the walk is: #KnowYourNeighbor. Also, please like our Facebook page and share the Unity Walk Facebook event on your wall.
Where is the best place to leave my car? There is ample on street parking along the route of the walk. Please don’t plan to park in the synagogue parking lot as their lot is small.
Is there public transportation close by? The walk is accessible by bus and less so by metro. Here is the link to the WMATA website.
Will there be shuttle buses? Yes, ADAMS is generously donating two shuttle buses to take people from the closing ceremony at the Islamic Center to Washington Hebrew Congregation until 6:30pm.