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This family promoted love at the Interfaith Peace Walk on Friday

Photographer: Cierra Boyd

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Rev. Evan Young (right) speaks to the crowd before the Interfaith Peach Walk

Photographer: Cierra Boyd

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These students hold signs describing why they participated in the Interfaith Peace Walk

Photographer: Cierra Boyd

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Annual Interfaith Peace Walk promotes peace, tolerance and unity


Last Friday marked the 14th anniversary of the tragic events that took place on Sept. 11, 2001.

Ohio University students, faculty, staff and community members gathered around the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd for the annual Interfaith Peace Walk sponsored by United Campus Ministries to pay tribute to all of the people who lost their lives on that tragic day and to promote peace and unity across.

The walk was led by UCM Spiritual Director Rev. Evan Young who spoke powerful words of encouragement and inspiration to the crowd.

"As you walk together this evening I encourage you to draw strength and determination from those who walk with you,” Young said. “Talk together about justice. Talk together about how to bring more justice into our community and our world. Talk to people you've never met, or twice your age or half your age. Talk about what inspired you, and what you can do to be the community we dream of."

After hearing Young's inspiring speech, the members of United Campus Ministries led the walkers past the First United Methodist Church, Athens First Presbyterian, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), St. Paul Catholic Church, Hillel at Ohio University, Christ Lutheran Church, Christ the King University Parish, and then finally the Islamic Center on Stewart Street.

The event ended with a candlelight vigil that brought everyone together for reflection.

"I came out today because I'm really proud that this [is] something [that is] part of my school. Growing up my mom's family was Christian and my dad's family was Muslim, so I grew up in a place that taught tolerance and it makes me sad that some people don't see it that way," said one sophomore student named Katie.

Though a solemn day for those who remember the Sept. 11 attacks, the walk provided the chance for its participants to spread a message of peace, to discourage intolerance and to exemplify a less fearful and more hopeful vision of the world.

For more information about the annual Interfaith Peace Walk, contact UCM at 740-593-7301 or visit http://www.ucmathens.org/.