Walking the road to peace
Thousands of people of mixed faiths have participated in marches around the country in support of a fair and compassionate Australia after religious leaders joined the chorus for a National Day of Unity.
Sydney’s Harmony Walk on October 26 commenced at Cathedral Square amid a festival atmosphere that included multicultural stalls and entertainment.
"A National Day of Unity helps us remember that there are more issues that unite us than divide us. We must not import conflict, we must export peace instead."
– Rabbi Adam Stein, of Kehilat Nitzan Synagogue
This third annual walk was a project of the Moving Forward Together Association and was supported by the private sector, non-government organisations, local governments and state government agencies, including Multicultural NSW, which publishes The Point.
Harmony Walk organiser, Ernie Friedlander OAM, said the event celebrates diversity and takes a stand against conflict and violence to promote an “inclusive society”.
On a busy weekend for community harmony, Muslim leaders invited all Australians for guided tours during National Mosque Open Day, in an event supported by the Department of Social Services and endorsed by the Australian National Imams Council.
The festive atmosphere included barbeques and jumping castles for the kids.
Samier Dandan, president of the Lebanese Muslim Association, said it was “imperative now, more than ever, that we try to overcome our differences and understandings.”
Reverend professor Andrew Dutney, president of the Uniting Church in Australia, urged “all Australians, whether of faith or no faith at all, to reach out to our Muslim brothers and sisters in the spirit of friendship and understanding.”
Rabbi Adam Stein, of Kehilat Nitzan Synagogue, said, “A National Day of Unity helps us remember that there are more issues that unite us than divide us. We must not import conflict, we must export peace instead.”
Communities come together for a National Day of Unity