Walk with Me: faith organisations lead a second public silent peace walk

Quakers and other faith groups walked in solidarity through the streets of London on Sunday, 23 June, in a silent call for peace.

March past Cenotaph, including Buddhist monks
Quakers and other faith groups walked in solidarity through the streets of London on Sunday, 23 June, in a silent call for peace

In the face of escalating violence and loss of life in over 100 wars and armed conflicts worldwide, including in Palestine and Israel, Sudan, Ukraine, and Myanmar, around 500 people of all faiths joined the vigil.


The possibility of peace is always with us

- Judith Baker


Facilitated by Plum Village UK and Quakers in Britain, this second peace walk, held by popular request, reflected a groundswell of calls for peace in London and inspired events in Washington, Los Angeles and France on the same day.

The walk commemorated people killed in war, alongside a call for the cessation of killing and reflected a shared commitment to nonviolence, reconciliation and a just peace.

Muslims, Jews, Christians, Buddhists and many more faiths joined the walk from Parliament Square to Trafalgar Square and back, weaving a narrative of peace between the city's key political landmarks.

Without flags, placards, slogans or chants, participants dressed in mourning to remember the loss of life through war.

They carried hand-made white flowers as a reminder that everyone has a role to play in cultivating a more peaceful world.

Prayers were offered by a diverse group of grassroots faith representatives: Lakshmi Vyas (Hindu), Julie Siddiqi (Islam), Fadi Madon (Zoroastrianism), Maureen Goodman (Brahma Kumaris), Rabbi Rebecca Birk (Judaism), Rev Sarah Farrow (Christian), Jinali Meisheri (Jain), Sr Dao Nghiem (Buddhist), Cristina De Rossi (Pagan, Wiccan, Druidry), and Koje Freemantle (Baha'i).

Plum Village Buddhist monastics from France attended the walk.

Rehena Harilall, co-organiser from Plum Village UK, said “There are simply no more words left to convey our anger and grief."

Judith Baker, co-organiser from Quakers in Britain, said: “We walk together because we share a deep love for creation and a common universal language of peace.

“We share horror at the desecration of creation that war brings. War is failure to love our neighbours as ourselves; failure to seek peace and pursue it; failure of dialogue and diplomacy; failure to uphold the basic principles of international law and ethical norms.

“But the possibility of peace is always with us."

Read prayers here