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 16th from 1:45pm-6pm. Check-in/walk-in registration and our resource fair will start at 1:45pm.
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 1:45pm. The opening ceremony will be from 2:30-3pm. The walk will end with a closing ceremony from 5:30-6pm 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.
I want to help financially support the walk! Great! We invite you to co-sponsor the walk at any level from $250 upwards. Please be in touch with Symi Rom-Rymer, [email protected] for more information.
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 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? Annunciation Catholic Church, Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to the United States, Community of Christ Church, Embassy Church, Indian Consulate, Islamic Center of Washington, Sikh Gurdwara, Soka Gakkai- USA, Buddhist Cultural Center
St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral, St. Sophia Greek Orthodox, and Washington Hebrew Congregation.
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 at least two service projects. The first will apple bagging in conjunction with The Society of St. Andrew in Virginia. It will be hosted by Annunciation Roman Catholic Church. Other projects are TBD.
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.
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. (The five most active posters on social media will get a special thank you after 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. The exact details are still being worked out.