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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 and Rally for Peace” this Sunday, September 15, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Claremont Interfaith Working Group for Mid-East Peace, and this year’s walk is the fifth consecutive year the group has sponsored this gathering.

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 current situation in Syria and the uncertainty surrounding the future in the Middle East in general are expected to add a special poignancy to this year’s event.

The walk will begin this year at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church at Bonita and Mountain in Claremont, departing at 4 p.m., following a welcoming presentation. It will proceed from there to Temple Beth Israel on Towne Avenue and then, after a moment of rest and some communal singing, continue north on Towne and along Foothill Boulevard to the City of Knowledge Islamic School on Garey Avenue, just south of Foothill in Pomona. The expected arrival time there will be approximately 5:30 p.m.

At City of Knowledge, participants will be able to enjoy a light communal meal. There is no charge for participation, but commemorative t-shirts will be available for purchase and financial contributions to help support further events are always appreciated.

Parking will be available at the start and end stops of the walk, and limited transportation will be available at City of Knowledge back to St. Ambrose. Those unable to walk may also drive between locations.

More information is available at facebook.com/ claremontinterfaithWG or at the hotline 542-8150.

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