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Muslim Community of Querétaro Joins San Miguel Walk4Peace

By Michael Latriano

As part of an ongoing “interfaith peace movement” in San Miguel, a small group of Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, and atheists met in the Jardín at 9:30am on Sunday, March 6. One large banner read: “Paz En Cada Paso: Peace in Every Step.” After introductions the group of 30 proceeded in silent walking meditation around the Jardín, as early morning tourists photographed the event and signs which read: “May Peace Prevail in Syria, May Peace Prevail in Juárez,” among others.

But what made this Walk4Peace significant was the participation of the Muslim Community of Querétaro, represented by Wafik Darwich, his family, and students. One of the greatest threats to world peace today is the spread of intolerance, misinformation, and hatred around the Islamic religions. Since his arrival in Mexico from Lebanon, Wafik has been active regarding the educational aspects of this crisis, i.e. we know very little about Islamic culture, and ignorance can be very dangerous. In an effort to increase the level of “Islamic literacy” in San Miguel and thus further promote world peace, a variety of opportunities for interfaith education may be offered in the future. On Easter Sunday the representatives of the Muslim community came back to San Miguel to participate in an interfaith concelebration led by Rev. Nancy Andersen, held at the Empowerment Center in Los Frailes.

The roots of war are in the way we live our daily lives—the way we develop our industries, build up our society, and consume goods. Let us look at wealth and poverty. The affluent society and the deprived society “inter-are.” The wealth of one society is made of the poverty of the other. This is like this because that is like that. The truth is that everything contains everything else. We cannot just be, we can only “inter-be.” We are responsible for everything that happens around us.

Thich Nhat Hanh: Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness

On Sunday, April 3, at 9:30 am, there will be another Walk4Peace in San Miguel, led by a visiting Tibetan monk living as a refugee in Nepal. May Peace Prevail In Tibet! We will gather in front of the Parroquia, on the right side, when facing the church. Please feel free to contact me for more info: “May Peace Prevail in Your Life!”


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