The Carmel Interfaith Alliance organized an opportunity for people of all faith traditions to come together to clean the Monon Trail Sept. 10 and 11. The second day of the cleanup concluded with a Service of Celebration at Central Park. More than 130 people from the Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Christian Scientist, Mormon, Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Protestant faith communities participated.
“Fifteen years ago on Sept. 11, there were terrorists who wanted to divide our country along religious lines, and we wanted to remember that there were people from 90 countries of many faiths that were killed,” said Jerry Zehr, pastor of Carmel Christian Church and an organizer of the event. “We wanted to be a witness that the faith communities of Carmel join together as people of one God and one country. It was inspiring to see young people and adults from different racial, cultural and faith backgrounds working together to clean up part of our city.”