September 11, 2016, Washington D.C. — Rumi Forum was among one of the sponsors of this year’s Unity Walk organized by InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington. The event brought together over 1000 people of all faiths and cultures, who walked 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. The message of friendship and solidarity is very critical today was shared by the community.
The event’s regional partners were Fairfax County Community Interfaith Coordination, Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES, Mayor’s Interfaith Council of Washington D.C., Montgomery County Faith Community Working Group
Unity in the Community.
An opening ceremony was held at 1:30pm at Washington Hebrew Congregation, which included greetings by Rabbi Lustig, Washington Hebrew Congregation, a prayer offered by a leader from the Sikh Gurdwara DC, a musical send off by David Shneyer and a group of musicians from Kehila Chadasha.
A closing ceremony was held at 4:30pm at The Islamic Center of Washington, DC with 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 had 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.