Crowd gathers before the 2011 Interfaith Peace Walk

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Second annual Interfaith Peace Walk is Sept. 11

Walk held to create community unity

On Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists commandeered four commercial airliners and used them to attack the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing thousands and changing the lives of millions. For millions of people around the world, those attacks have become the iconic representation of the "problem" of religious difference.

For the second year in a row, the Athens community will host an Interfaith Peace Walk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. The walk will begin at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd on University Terrace and end at the Islamic Center on Stewart Street.

Last year's walk attracted hundreds of students and community members and created a vision of unity and an expression of our common yearning for peace.

"Events of this past summer, from the shootings at the Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wis., to the burning of a church in the Hocking Hills town of South Bloomingville, Ohio, have highlighted once again how important it is to create a different vision of religious diversity," said Rev. Evan Young, UCM's campus minister. "Maybe more than ever, our local community and the wider global community need to see another way for people of different faiths to be better together. So we're walking again!"

The Peace Walk will make the rounds of the uptown worship centers, starting at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and making its way past First United Methodist Church, Athens First Presbyterian, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Hillel at Ohio University, St. Paul Catholic Church, Christ Lutheran Church, Christ the King University Parish, and the Islamic Center.

Sponsors of the event include 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 Peace 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.

Contact UCM at for more information on upcoming interfaith service events, including opportunities to get involved with the Better Together Campaign.