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2016 Unity Walk Invites You to “Know Your Neighbor”

On Sunday, September 11, 2016, the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC) will hold the 2016 Unity Walk. This year’s theme is “Know Your Neighbor.”

People of all faiths and cultures from around the Washington, DC region will walk down Embassy Row on Massachusetts Avenue and visit houses of worship and other religious centers in a public celebration of solidarity for everyone within our diverse community.

Between 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., the breadth of our regions’ faith communities will be on view as houses of worship along Massachusetts Avenue open their doors and welcome walkers in an effort to promote greater interreligious understanding and education. Walkers will also participate in service projects throughout the afternoon. Each year, the event attracts over 1,000 people.

“This year, given factors in our country and around the world which are magnifying the counter-message to interfaith unity, the Unity Walk is a powerful public affirmation and a visual demonstration of U.S. values,” said Rabbi Gerry Serotta, Executive Director of the IFC. “The walk conveys a strong message that folks should get out and visit their neighbors who may look different and worship differently. This is one way we respond to attempts to divide us.”

The Unity Walk is free and open to the general public. The event will start at Washington Hebrew Congregation at 3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington, DC at 1:30 p.m. Registration is required, and can be done online at: There will be walk-in registration and a resource fair between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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List of houses of worship on the walk:

Annunciation Roman Catholic Church

Community of Christ Church

Embassy Church

Islamic Center of Washington

Sikh Gurdwara

Soka Gakkai- USA, Buddhist Cultural Center

St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral

St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Washington Hebrew Congregation

Washington National Cathedral

About the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington

The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings together eleven historic faith communities to promote dialogue, build community and to work cooperatively for justice throughout the Washington, DC region. IFC members currently include the Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Jewish, Latter-Day Saints, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Sikh and Zoroastrian faith communities.

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