A series of walks is planned by WoT in an effort to initiate dialogue of respect between people of different cultures, religions and ethnic backgrounds. These walks are currently being planned and the dates for 2013 will be announced soon.
Monuments reflect our faith, endorse our identity and safeguard our human history. By acknowledging their value and treating them with reverence, we better understand each other’s past and the need to preserve cultural identity.
Walks by people of different cultures can act as a valuable instrument for creating common ground, and in raising awareness and understanding of each other’s culture.
Walks, Talks and Pilgrimages
Pilgrimages will be organised in any area of conflict where Walk of Truth is active. Attending will be participants from the conflicting sides who will travel together and initiate dialogue on issues which are important to them. In doing so, they will raise awareness and mutual understanding in preparation for the Walk of Peace.
The enduring symbols of cultural heritage representing disparate civilisations serve as a reminder of human strength, creativity, triumph and glory. They also give us insight into events that have blackened hope and traumatised both nation and the collective consciousness. Our monuments and artifacts serve as both a celebration and a warning. They tell us of gods, heroes and victims. They embody the legacy of patrons of culture, and expose perpetrators of crimes against humanity: food for thought and a treasure-trove of information about ourselves and about each other.
In preparation for the first event, which is scheduled for 2013 (exact date TBC), Walk of Truth will create way stations as in a present day pilgrimage. People living near or associated with the selected monuments will be invited to gather and discuss their significance. The importance of campaigning for their preservation lies in their vulnerability and the permanent loss of precious cultural information. These discussions, along with footage of the monuments, will be filmed and broadcast. The intention is to stimulate an even broader debate, resulting in the creation of common ground where ignorance and misunderstanding are dispelled. We believe that this will play a vital role in promoting a culture of peace, particularly in places scarred by rivalry and war.
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