A walk toward peace and healing

My city has a number of places of worship representing different religions: a Sikh temple, a synagogue, a Hindu temple, a mosque, and many Christian churches of different denominations, all within walking distance of each other. A group of us from the various religions got together one Sunday afternoon for a peace walk. Because of the events surrounding the attacks on the United States the previous September 11, we wanted to get closer to each other and break down divisions, build bridges of communication, and get a better understanding of each other's faiths and religions.

Seventy of us met on June 30 at the new Peace Fountain in Southampton's communal park. The press was there taking photographs. The local mayor arrived in his official car with his chain of office hanging round his neck. He told the organisers that he intended to complete the walk with everyone else. As it turned out, the mayor led the peace walk.

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