The Unity Walk will be on Sunday, September 8th from 12:30pm-6:30pm. Register Today!
We also invite you to join us for our pre-walk storytelling workshop on Saturday, September 7th!
What is the Unity Walk?Now in it’s 14th year, the Unity Walk is a public demonstration of solidarity and unity for all faith groups in the DC metro area. Drawing over 900 people of all ages and backgrounds, participants visit 11 different houses of worship in upper Northwest DC, engage in mini facilitated dialogues with each other and with members of the clergy, sample traditional foods, and partake in service projects. 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 8th from 12:30pm-6:30pm. Check-in/walk-in registration and our resource fair will be from 12:30-1:30pm. The opening ceremony will be from 1:30pm-2pm and the closing ceremony will be from 5-5:30pm. This year, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth, we will be holding a gathering from 6-6:30pm at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial near Dupont Circle.
How can we get tickets for the walk? You can register here!
I want to financially support the walk! Great! You can support us a few different ways. 1) Give the suggested donation when you reserve your tickets for the walk. 2) Co-sponsor the walk at any level from $250 upwards. Please be in touch with Symi Rom-Rymer, [email protected], for more information on how to co-sponsor. Want to see who is sponsoring the Unity Walk this year? Click here.
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). The closing ceremony will be at the Islamic Center. The special commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth will be at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial near Dupont Circle following the closing ceremony.
What houses of worship will be on the walk? Washington Hebrew Congregation, Embassy Church, Annunciation Catholic Church, Sikh Gurdwara, DC, Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Community of Christ Church, St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, Soka Gakkai- USA, Buddhist Cultural Center, Apostolic Nunciature to the United States, the Islamic Center of Washington, and the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial.
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. We will also be holding mini dialogues at Annunciation Catholic Church (from 2-3:30pm), a discussion on headcoverings at the Sikh Gurudwara, DC (3-3:30pm) and a discussion on praying with beads at St. Nicolas Orthodox Church (4-4:30pm). View the whole program here!
What is the Resource Fair and how can I be a part of it? The Resource Fair is an excellent opportunity to share information about your organization with a diverse cross-section participants from throughout the greater DC area. For more information about pricing and how to reserve a table, please contact us at: [email protected]
Will there be service projects? Yes. There will be sandwich making for Martha’s Table at Washington Hebrew Congregation from 12:30-1:30pm. Interfaith Power and Light and Casey Trees will also be planting trees and celebrating the environment at three congregations along the route.
Who will be performing at the Walk? Kol Sasson, a Jewish a cappella group from the University of Maryland, will be singing during the opening ceremony at Washington Hebrew Congregation and Mosaic Harmony will be performing at the Islamic Center.
How many people will be there? We hope to have over 1,000 walkers again this year.
What if we can’t walk 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 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: [email protected]
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.
Can my friends and family follow me on the walk? Yes! We encourage you to have an active social media presence throughout the walk.
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 by metro. Here is the link to the WMATA website. This year, we will also have free shuttle trolleys running from Tenleytown Metro to Washington Hebrew Congregation from 12pm until 2pm.
Will there be shuttle buses? We’re working on it!