From the Tynehead Buddhist Temple to the Newton University Campus, Surrey's interfaith pilgrimage will travel 16 kilometers through the city this Sunday (February 3rd).

The fifth annual trip begins at Thien Ton Temple (17192 96th Ave.) at 9:30 am and crosses Surrey through various places of worship.

The pilgrimage will end at the KPU campus in Surrey (12666 72nd Avenue) at approximately 5:30 pm, with an address by the former resident of the institution, Lekeyten, and a closing ceremony.

Participants are invited to join or leave the pilgrimage at any time, and "must be self-sufficient for any supplement of food, water and transportation", explain the organizers of the event.

"The event is free and all are welcome."

It is said that pilgrimage attracts people who "want to be directly involved in building bridges of trust and understanding across lines of cultural and religious difference. It also attracts people who are simply curious or who want to meet new people and see interesting places in the community. "

This year's event is organized by Ethan Vanderleek and Connie Waterman, who hope that the pilgrimage "will send a declaration of peace, understanding and cooperation. Instead of walking in fear and division, we chose to walk on a path of peace and unity. This year's pilgrimage focuses on the "neighborhood".

Lunch will be served by Gurdwara Brookside (8365-140th St., southeast of Bear Creek Park) at approximately 12:45 pm. Other stops include the Christian Reformed Church Fleetwood, Northwood United Church, Laxmi Narayan Mandir, Canadian Singh Sabha Gurdwara and Surrey Jamea Masjid. The details of the route are posted on the event's Facebook page.

This event is organized by volunteers from the Surrey Interfaith Council, the KPU Multi-Faith Center and the Baha'i Community of Surrey, as part of the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week. Details on the pilgrimage and related events are posted on surreyinterfaith.ca.


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