EAST WALNUT HILLS – As people fight bloody wars in the name of religion, Teresa Robinson of Anderson Township talked to her daughter on Sunday about the importance of being peaceful.
“If someone does something bad to you, don’t ever think it’s because of you or because you did something wrong,” she told 10-year-old Eryn. “Think that it’s because of something wrong with them. I think that’s what it means to be peaceful.”
The Robinsons belong to the New Thought Unity Center, a church in East Walnut Hills. They were among a group of 300 Muslims, Christians and Jews who took part Sunday in the 3.8-mile Abraham Path for Peace Walk.
The walk marked the close of a 64-day national peace campaign called the Season for Nonviolence.
“I don’t have to change the world. I just have to deal with me,” Robinson said. “Most people just want to live peacefully and want community. That’s what this peace walk is about.”
The walk began at the Unity Center and wound through Corryville and Clifton, ending at the Islamic Association of Cincinnati’s mosque.
Sponsored by New Thought Unity, the walk was intended to unite people of different faiths and spread a message of love and peace in the community. It is one of many local “Abraham Walks” organized around the world in reference to the Abraham Path Initiative, named for the prophet who is believed to be a spiritual forefather to Jews, Christians and Muslims.
The walks contrast with conflicts involving religion that rage in the Middle East, organizers said.
“That is about people who want to say ‘I’m right, everyone else is wrong,'” said Montgomery resident Karen Dabdoub, a Muslim and member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “This is about us getting together as members of the human race.”