Interfaith Peace Walk brings inland valley communities together

For the 11th consecutive year, the faith communities of the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys are poised to demonstrate their commitment to respect, unity and understanding across religious, racial and ethnic lines through the staging of an Interfaith Walk and Rally for Peace this Sunday, October 20, beginning at 3 p.m. at the City of Knowledge Islamic School, 3285 N. Garey Ave., in Pomona.

The theme of this year’s walk, sponsored by the Inland Valley Interfaith Working Group for Mideast Peace is “One World Community/One World Family,” and is conceived of as an opportunity to share that “we do care” about building relationships that can lead our world to peace and harmony.

A number of local officials intend to participate, including Congresswoman Judy Chu, and representatives of other congressional offices, and state, county and city government.

As has been true since the walk began in 2009, the path followed by the walkers will connect houses of worship of the three major Abrahamic religions—Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

The start point once again this year is the City of Knowledge in Pomona, the Islamic primary school and high school founded in 1994. From there, the walk will proceed across Foothill Boulevard to the Islamic Center of Claremont, before heading east to North Towne Avenue, where it will turn north to Good Shephard Lutheran Church.

Following a brief presentation there, marchers will head south on Towne across Foothill to the final stop at Temple Beth Israel. The route of the walk covers approximately two miles of mostly level terrain.

At TBI, the marchers will have an opportunity to share a light meal prepared by members of the synagogue and further build on the relationships developed over the route of the walk.

All are invited to participate and there is no charge to be involved, though donations will be appreciated to help offset the costs of the walk and the meal available at the Temple.

Participants are also invited to participate in a service marking the Jewish festival of Simchat Torah that evening at 6:45 p.m.

Walkers should park at City of Knowledge, though those with physical challenges may drive between locations. There will also be limited transportation back to the start point at the conclusion of the walk.

For further information, go to the CIWG Facebook page at facebook.com/inlandvalleyinterfaithwg or call the hotline at (310) 542-8150.

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