On September 11th, 2016, people of all faiths and cultures from around the Washington, DC region will walk down Massachusetts Avenue and visit houses of worship and other religious centers in a public celebration of unity and support for everyone within our diverse community.
Today, more than ever, our message of friendship and solidarity is critical. We hope you will join us and add your voice to this powerful event.
The Unity Walk is open and free to everyone. There is a suggested donation of $25 for adults and $10 for students, seniors, and those of limited income. Please consider contributing to the walk beyond the suggested amount if you are able.
Unity Walk Schedule (Subject to Change):
Walkers are invited to join the walk at anytime along the route.
Walk-in registration, Resource Fair, and Donation Drop-off: 12:30-1:30 pm at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW, Washington, DC 20016
Opening ceremony: 1:30pm at Washington Hebrew Congregation
The program will include: Greetings by Rabbi Lustig, Washington Hebrew Congregation, a prayer offered by a leader from the Sikh Gurdwara DC, and a musical send off by David Shneyer and a group of musicians from Kehila Chadasha.
Open House Block 1: 1:50pm-3pm
Annunciation Catholic Church
Washington National Cathedral
St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Open House Block 2: 3pm-4:15pm
Community of Christ Church
Soka Gakkai- USA, Buddhist Cultural Center
St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral
Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to the United States
Closing Ceremony: 4:30pm, The Islamic Center of Washington, DC
The program will include: Remarks by Rev. Jim Winkler, President of the National Council of Churches, and a performance by Mosaic Harmony, a local interfaith choir.
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. For more information about our resource fair or our services projects that will be happening during the walk, please see below.
Thank you to our sponsors:
All Dulles Area Muslim Society
Community of Christ
Dar al Hikrah
Department of Human Services, Washington, D.C. Government
Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land
Islamic Relief USA
Islamic Society of North America
Metropolitan Memorial UMC
Muslim Community Center
The Nation’s Mosque, Masjid Muhammad
Rock Spring Congregational UCC
Thank you to our regional partners:
Fairfax County Community Interfaith Coordination
Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES
Mayor’s Interfaith Council of Washington, DC
Montgomery County Faith Community Working Group
Unity in the Community
Service Projects: We will have two service projects at the Unity Walk this year. The first will be at Washington Hebrew Congregation (WHC) between 12:30pm and 1:30pm. Together with WHC and Friendship Place, we will be collecting long underwear to help men, women, and children in need in the DC area. We invite all walkers to donate a pair (or more) of long underwear when they arrive at WHC. Sizes XL and larger are best, although all sizes are welcome.
To serve as a volunteer during the day, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
More questions about the walk? Visit our FAQ page for answers!
Additional contributions to the 2016 Unity Walk or to the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington are always welcome.
Click here for the press release for the walk.