The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC) invites the public to get to know their neighbors this weekend during the 13th annual Unity Walk on Massachusetts Avenue in northwest D.C.
The walk, which starts 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Washington Hebrew Congregation, is a public demonstration of solidarity with faith communities in the D.C. metropolitan area. The IFC’s goal is for participants to learn about different religions and cultures through conversation, volunteering in service projects and visit the houses of worship on Embassy Row.
Organizers say the event, which is free to the public, is the first step towards countering divisiveness and polarization.
The event will begin with a resource fair featuring information tables with representatives from faith-based organizations. The closing ceremony will take place at the Islamic Center of Washington at 5:30 p.m. The route will split in two open-house blocks for participants to stop by and visit the houses of worship.
Other participating houses of worship include Annunciation Catholic Church, Community of Christ Church, Embassy Church, Sikh Gurdwara, Soka Gakkai International – USA, Buddhist Cultural Center and St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral.
Elected officials scheduled to attend are D.C. Council members Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7) and Rep. Jamie Raskin (Md.-District 8). There will also be musical performances along the route.
A new opportunity for people to get to know each other at walk is the Unity Bike. The bike, also known as a Conference Bike, has seven seats facing each other for participants to converse and engage in interfaith dialogues at various stops along the route.
The walk will have two service projects for volunteers. The first is making care kits for Bread for the City and the second will focus on environment and the importance of trees from various religious traditions.
Shuttle buses will be available to take people from the closing ceremony to Washington Hebrew Congregation. Tickets are available on at ifcmw.org.