In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NATIONAL FAITH LEADERS TO MARK 9/11 WITH DC ‘UNITY WALK’
WHAT: On September 10, national leaders of a number of faiths will stand shoulder-to-shoulder in a “Unity Walk” on Embassy Row in Washington, D.C., to mark the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Christians, Evangelicals and Jews will speak and Jewish cantors will sing at Washington’s largest Mosque. Muslims will also speak at D.C.’s largest synagogue. The event will include Sister Sledge singing at the National Cathedral. (Thousands walked in a similar event held last year in partnership with the Points of Light Foundation.)
A Gandhi-style “Unity Walk” will also take place in New York City on 9/11.
WHO: www.911unitywalk.org – Major leaders participating: Arun Gandhi (Mahatma’s grandson); His Excellency the Archbishop Pietro Sambi; the Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S. (from the Vatican); Reverend Richard Cizik (National Association of Evangelicals); Rev Mpho Tutu, (Bishop Desmond Tutu’s daughter); Ambassador Akbar Ahmed (foremost Islamic scholar); Rabbi Bruce Lustig (Senior Rabbi of the Washington Hebrew Congregation); Episcopal Bishop John Chane (from the National Cathedral); Catholic Archbishop Donald Wuerl (his first major appearance since his appointment); Nihad Awad (Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations); Lodi Gyari (Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama).
WHEN: Sunday, September 10, 2006 – 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE: 1:30 p.m.: Participants will gather at the Washington Hebrew Congregation (3935 Macomb St NW at Mass Ave) for 2 p.m. event. Walk begins at 2:15 p.m. sharp, stopping at the National Cathedral at 2:45 p.m. and at 3:30-4:00 p.m. at the Islamic Center (2551 Mass Ave), concluding at the Gandhi Memorial Statue (Mass Ave at 21st) at 5:30-6 p.m.
Dozens of other leaders from the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, Sikh, and Zoroastrian faiths will also participate in the walk.
Televised events are scheduled at: Washington National Cathedral where Sister Sledge will sing their famous song, “We Are Family”; the Islamic Center where Christians, including noted Evangelicals, will speak and Jewish cantors will sing; Washington Hebrew Congregation where world-famous Muslim singer Salman Ahmad will perform; and the Gandhi Memorial Statue, for a celebration to honor Gandhi, and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of his peace walks across India and South Africa.
People of all faiths will walk together the length of Embassy Row, striving to know thy neighbor and love thy neighbor!
The Unity Walk has generated interest for similar walks in Amman, Islamabad, Istanbul, London, New Delhi and South Africa. A Unity Walk is scheduled in New York for September 11th.
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