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Walk of Abraham calls for unity and peace

Mike Desmond/WBFO

To celebrate the ties among three of the world's great religions, a group of people walked Thursday from North Presbyterian Church in Williamsville to the Muslim Community Center in Amherst.

The Annual Walk of Abraham was held for its 14th time, with people of faith from the three Abrahamic religions, Islam, Christianity and Judaism, assembling during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan to break the daily fast with the iftar dinner.

"I think it's important, especially now in these times to show that even though we all believe in different things, that we're all still connected and we all believe in one God," said Hannah Klein, an eighth grader who was taking part in the walk.

The event collects non-perishable foods for food pantries and refugees. The Muslim Public Affairs Council will match the cash donation, said Dr. Khalid Qazi, the council's founding president and senior advisor.

The walk took place during the afternoon rush hour along North Forest Road in Williamsville.

"My feeling is that at the heart of our religions, all of our religions, is a sense of unity and peace," said North Presbyterian Pastor Bill Hennessy.

The event also included a panel discussion about the issues bringing solidarity among people of faith, including people attacking worship services and worship sites.