Twelve years ago, Rev. Dr. Thom Johnson, D.Min. ’96, Director of the Center for Lutheran Studies and professor at CST, along with Rev. Sandy Olewine, M.Div. ’86, Pastor at First United Methodist in Pasadena, initiated the start of an interfaith group. Two years later, the interfaith group held their first Walk for Peace, and on October 21, they will celebrate their 10th Annual Walk for Peace!

Thom says, “Last year we had nearly 20 students participate, and I remember being particularly moved by the sentiment shared by CST alumnus Rene Martin. He attended with his son, Dietrich, and wife, Lara (Pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Claremont); he reflected, ‘It is exactly events like these that reinforce the unity that exists between faith traditions – not division or hate. We need everyone to see this and experience the sense of hope for promoting peace.’ We’re looking forward to the CST community participating again.”

If you are interested in attending, here’s the agenda for this year’s event:

4:00 p.m. Opening Program at Islamic Center of Claremont (3641 N. Garey Ave.)

4:15 p.m. Walk departs

4:30 p.m. City of Knowledge Islamic School (3285 N Garey Ave.)

5:00 p.m. Arrive Temple Beth Israel (3033 N. Towne Ave.)

6:00 p.m. Arrive Claremont United Church of Christ via Pilgrim Place, Claremont Village

*A communal meal will be served at the end of the walk


In addition to the annual Walk for Peace, the interfaith group has organized a number of educational events at CST and around Claremont including an Interfaith Seder at the Claremont Islamic Center, an Iftar at Temple Beth Israel, and an Iftar at Claremont Presbyterian Church.

You are also invited to join in the planning of these events. The Inland Valley Interfaith Group’s next meeting is at noon on October 10th at the City of Knowledge Islamic school in Claremont. Lunch will be served.

The group is also currently planning a conference on Israel and Palestine set for January 31, 2019. Two years ago, Rick Steves was the presenter at the event, facilitating a discussion on his Holy Land travels.