The 9/11 Unity Walk is an annual event which brings together people of all faith backgrounds or none for an afternoon of interreligious exposure and dialogue. I joined with fellow Georgetown students in learning about the Sikh, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Orthodox Christian traditions from people of those faiths in a variety of sacred spaces - and there was more to see.
I was humbled to be welcomed by individuals of other faiths not by setting aside our differences, but rather by exploring and embracing them. I was in awe of the visible cooperation of the people of different faith traditions - the Muslim call to prayer at the synagogue, a traditional Hindu horn-blowing followed by a Protestant minister and Jewish rabbi speaking side by side on the steps of a mosque, and more. It was both an educational and inspirational day.
Perhaps the greatest reward of the afternoon was the shared experience and conversation amongst the students with whom I attended. I had several conversations about religion and reflection on 9/11 that I had not had before - both with individuals I have known for years and others I met that day.
As the event concluded, and we stood side by side reiterating a pledge to peace spoken moments before by Arun Gandhi; I felt encouraged that the students with whom I had connected that day would be a valuable support in pursuing this commitment.