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Fourth Annual Interfaith Walk to unite local faith communities

Faith leaders and community members from throughout the Pomona Valley and the surrounding area are again set to join in the annual “Interfaith Walk for Peace and Service on Sunday, September 9, beginning at 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Claremont Interfaith Working Group for Mid-East Peace, and this year's walk is the fourth fall gathering of this type the group has sponsored.

Originally conceived as a “Walk and Rally for Hope and Peace” in 2009, the event has matured from its origins as a commemoration of the events of 9-11-01 to now focus on wider issues of understanding and cooperation.

The walk will begin, as it did last year, at the City of Knowledge (a Muslim elementary and secondary school) on Garey Avenue in Pomona, just south of Foothill Boulevard. It will proceed from there to Temple Beth Israel on Towne Avenue and then continue along Foothill to the Claremont School of Theology/Claremont Lincoln University campus just east of Indian Hill Boulevard.

After a short program at Kresge Chapel, the walk will conclude at the adjacent Claremont United Methodist Church (CUMC). The expected arrival time there will be approximately 4 p.m.

At CUMC, participants will be able to enjoy a community fair featuring many of the area’s social and community service agencies. There will be special activities for kids as well as live music provided by Rev. Dan Lewis of CUMC and Cantor Paul Buch of Temple Beth Israel, among others.

As in years past, the event will conclude with a light communal meal ($5 donation requested). Parking will be available at the start and end stops of the walk, and limited transportation will be available at CUMC back to City of Knowledge. Further information is available at facebook.com/claremontinterfaithWG or at the hotline,  542-8150.

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