Sep 14, 2012
By George Mauzy; Photos by Ross Brinkerhoff
For the second year in a row, the Athens community hosted an Interfaith Peace Walk in recognition of the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy.
The Peace Walk began at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd on University Terrace and ended at the Islamic Center on Stewart Street.
Tuesday's walk once again attracted hundreds of students and community members and created a vision of unity and an expression of our common yearning for peace.
Sponsors of the walk included UCM: Center for Spiritual Growth and Social Justice, Appalachian Peace and Justice Network, Ohio University Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Ohio University Office of Residential Housing, Athens First Presbyterian Church, Athens Friends Meeting, Christ Lutheran Church, Hillel at Ohio University, the Muslim Student Association, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens.
The walk is part of the Better Together campaign, which is an ongoing effort to mobilize college students from different faith backgrounds to engage in community service together to make Ohio University a better place for everyone.
Peggy Gish ( upper left), Hyram Crawford (second from left), Rebekah Crawford (upper right), Dwiagustriani Sarasvaty (lower left) and Maharidya Neela Sarasvaty (center) participate in the candle light vigil held in front of the Islamic Center following the interfaith march which was held to promote interfaith understanding on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
UCM campus minister Evan Young (right) talks to the crowd at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church before the Sept. 11 Interfaith Walk. He spoke about the events of 9/11 and the need for interfaith understanding.
Kamilla Anderson lights a candle with the help of her mother Sonja Anderson during the candlelight vigil held in front of the Islamic Center. Participants lit candles, observed a moment of silence and sang a song promoting love and unity between faiths.
Students watch walkers from their apartments on West Washington Street during the Interfaith Walk held in commemoration of 9/11.
Ohio University students and local residents walk down West State Street during the Interfaith Walk.
Kaitlin Jackson (right) uses Alexi Murray's back to fill out a sign stating her religious denomination and why she is participating in the Interfaith Walk, which was held to commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Jackson, a catholic, stated that she was participating in the walk because she was afraid her friends would be injured overseas.