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Annual interfaith walk to include visits to local Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities

Faith leaders and community members from throughout the Pomona Valley are set to join in the seventh annual “Interfaith Walk and Rally for Peace” on Sunday, September 20 beginning at 4 p.m. at the City of Knowledge Islamic School on Garey Avenue, just south of Foothill Boulevard in Pomona.

The event, sponsored by the Claremont Interfaith Working Group for Mid-East Peace, will proceed from City of Knowledge along Foothill Boulevard to Towne Avenue, where they will head south to Temple Beth Israel. From the synagogue, the walk will then move down Towne Avenue to Harrison Avenue and conclude in Claremont at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church at the corner of Harrison and Mountain Avenues.

Originally conceived as a “Walk and Rally for Hope and Peace” in 2009, the event has matured from its origins as a commemoration of the events of 9-11-01 to focus on wider issues of understanding and cooperation among the diverse faith and religious groups in the area, with a particular emphasis on mutual respect.

While the event has always been non-partisan, in recognition of the tensions often evident that stem from events taking place in the Middle East, the Working Group has again made a special point of emphasizing that the walk is not a place where signage or slogans supporting particular factions are welcome.

At St. Ambrose, participants may enjoy a light communal meal, and extended fellowship. There is no charge for participation in the event, but commemorative t-shirts will be available for purchase and financial contributions to help support further events are always appreciated.

Those unable to walk may also drive between locations. Parking will be available at all stops, and limited transportation will be available at St. Ambrose back to City of Knowledge at the conclusion. The planned route this year will be shorter than last year, allowing more time for interaction and presentations at the various venues.

Further information is available at facebook.com/ClaremontInterfaithWG or by calling the CIWG hotline at (909) 542-8150.

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