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Seventh annual 9/11 Interfaith Peace Walk is Sept. 11

President M. Duane Nellis to speak and participate in walk

On Monday, Sept. 11, Better Together at Ohio University and United Campus Ministry will hold the seventh annual 9/11 Interfaith Peace Walk. Now more than ever, the walk’s message of peace as a value that spans religious and philosophical difference is sorely needed.

This year Ohio University’s new president, Dr. M. Duane Nellis will offer opening remarks and participate in the walk.

The Better Together Campaign, which plans and coordinates the Peace Walk, seeks to engage people of all faith traditions and philosophical and ethical orientations in action for the common good as a means of building community and trust across religious divisions.

“The tragedy in Charlottesville happened when we were at the Interfaith Leadership Institute in Chicago, working to plan our campaign for he year,” said Better Together Campaign co-coordinator Aspen Wilson, an Ohio University senior. “We want this year’s Peace Walk to show that our community stands united against hate and fear, and we’re hoping everyone can come together in a peaceful and positive demonstration of our common commitment to peace and justice.”

Co-sponsors of this year's Peace Walk include: Ohio University’s Office of the President, United Campus Ministry, the Muslim Student Association, First United Methodist Church, the International Student Union, Better Together at Ohio University, Hillel at Ohio University, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, Christ Lutheran Church, the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Ohio University’s LGBT Center, and Athens First Presbyterian Church.

Through an arrangement with Ohio University’s Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance, ASL interpreters will be present at the Peace Walk. Also, for those with mobility concerns, transportation has been provided from the start of the walk at Good Shepherd to the endpoint at the Islamic Center.

The walk will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in front of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd on University Terrace, and will end with a candlelight vigil and song at the Islamic Center on Stewart Street. In between, it will thread through the campus and uptown Athens, passing many of the faith communities that co-sponsor the walk. As in past years, co-sponsoring faith communities and organizations are bringing some candles to share at the end of the walk, but participants are encouraged to bring candles to the vigil if they have them.

Wilson said the march also marks the start of this year's Better Together campaign at Ohio University. This year's Better Together campaign are currently in the planning stages; students interested in working on the campaign should "like" the Better Together at Ohio University Facebook page, or email ucm@midohio.twcbc.com to get connected.

For more information on the Peace Walk and other upcoming interfaith events, email Rev. Evan Young, Campus Minister at United Campus Ministry, at evan@ucmathens.org.