8th Annual Philadelphia Interfaith Peace Walk a Success!
On Sunday, people of different faith traditions walked in solidarity to promote peace and understanding in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia. This large group of over 400 walkers visited two churches and a mosque. The first stop was the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas. The program included music by the St. Thomas Gospel Choir, a Native American opening prayer and drumming, and a presentation by youth in the Interfaith Center’s Walking the Walk program.
The next stop was at the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship Mosque. Walkers entered the fellowship grounds listening to music by Darrell Gilbert and Razeqeen, heard recitation of the 99 names of Allah (God) and went on a tour of the mosque. The final stop was Overbrook Presbyterian Church. Walkers had a special treat as they enjoyed singing by Mishkan Shalom Community Choir, experienced a Sikh Shabad (hymn) and a Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation. The walk ended with food, fellowship and celebration.
The Role of Religion in Addressing Social Issues in the U.S.
On May 13th, Outreach and Communications Director Rugiatu Conteh attended the Mayor’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives forum reception to consider “The Role of Religion in Addressing Social Issues in the U.S.”. This event was hosted on behalf of visiting key Serbian religious leaders that are participating in a State Department’s sponsored International Visitor’s Leadership Program. The Muslim leaders in attendance included Adnan Ahmedi, Head of Presevo Council of the Islamic Community and Muhamed Jusufspahic, The Grand Mufti of Serbia.