In 2003, the Interfaith Peacewalk for Peace and Reconciliation of Philadelphia was founded when Vic Compher, (Tabernacle Church) Lance Laver (Mishkon Shalom) and Adab Ibrahim (Al-Aqsa Islamic Society) were inspired to develop a peace movement after Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb and Imam Abdul Rauf Compos-Marquetti came together for a Peace Walk in Albuquerque, New Mexico after the 9/11 attacks. Motivated by the success of Rabbi Lynn and Imam Abdul Rauf, the idea of developing a similar walk in Philadelphia seemed like one of the most effective ways to bring faith communities together. The purpose was to bring together people from different faith and backgrounds to “Seek peace and pursue it.” In the months that followed, planning the 1st Peacewalk in 2004 involved finding a location with a mosque, church, and synagogue within a 6 miles radius. After securing a location, making arrangements with the houses of worship, and acquiring street permits, the program then required development. Local artists, poets, performers, faith leaders, and activists, needed to be scheduled for each stop. However, one very important component of the Walk is the final location where all walkers “break bread” and share in a festive meal. The finale is a time when walkers enjoy good food while cultivating many news friendships, while revitalizing old ones. This has been the basic scenario for developing each Peacewalk for the past 15 years.
The Peacewalk has since evolved to include Buddhists, Sikhs, Hindus, Baha’i, secular humanists, and others who share the values of peace and justice.
Al-Aqsa Islamic Society has been host to the Interfaith Peacewalk for the past 15 years. It has also been included in every Peacewalk either as a host or a pre-walk stop. We have had the privilege to host in the beginning of the program or towards the end of a Walk. However, we always provide shuttle buses whereby walkers can park their cars and use the buses to reach the location of the walk.
Visitors are welcome to attend monthly meetings which are usually the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Besides a logistical planning segment for the Walk, the purposes of the meetings are to provide opportunities for discussion, interfaith projects, and relationship building.
2018 Monthly Meetings: April 18th, May 17th, June 20th, July 18th, August 20th, September 26, October 24, November 21, and December 19th.
Join us for the 15th Annual Interfaith Peacewalk for Peace and Reconciliation
April 29, 2018
Pre-Walk at Al-Aqsa with parking and shuttle buses to location
If you would like to join, help, or become a peace partner with the Peacewalk, please contact us at www.interfaithpeacewalk@gmail.