Arch Street Meeting House was the starting point for the 2018 Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation on April 29, 2018. Monthly meeting members participated in the welcoming of hundreds of walkers from many different faith communities across Philadelphia and the region. This was the first time the walk began at a Friends meeting house.
After a welcome and a short period of silent worship in the Quaker tradition, the walk proceeded south on 4th Street to the Society Hill Synagogue. There was a wonderful program of music, prayer and spoken word, from Sikh, Jewish and Islamic groups.
Next, the walk proceeded north to the Al Aqsa Mosque where food and fellowship were provided by the mosque's community. A delicious meal with background music allowed for continued interaction among the walk participants.
Many thanks to all who volunteered as ushers, welcomers and hospitality, and especially to Mike Kachur, our MMFP organizing genius. The ASMH staff also assisted in making all the visitors welcome. There was wonderful feedback from all faith communities about how special it was to gather in the silence of the West Room, all 500 participants, to center down and leave on the walk refreshed in the Light.