A Little Sole: Multi-Faith Race Unites for Charity

"This event brings together folks who all want the same thing for our world, namely to live in a community that strives to right injustices when they occur so that real peace can be secured for our families and neighbors,” wrote Father Henry Petter.

Poverty doesn’t have a religion. Leaders of different faiths have unified to fight that stigma by raising money to give access those in need of basic healthcare within Collin County, Texas. How did Jewish, Presbyterian, Baptist and other faith leaders come to together to put aside different beliefs to work together? They did it by orchestrating a 5K multi-faith walk/run called the Seton Soles.

The race has raised $150,000 since 2008 through the Monsignor Henry Petter Endowment Fund for the Support of the Office of Peace and Social Justice in Plano. It will take place at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church on April 14th.

“The values that we hold in common are far greater than the ones upon which we differ. Find the values that we hold in common and work together on those. When diverse peoples work side by side on common projects, respect and trust is built,” wrote Father Petter, who the fund was named after and who also shares a passion for running.

Beliefnet asked Father Petter to expand on why uniting different faiths is crucial to a community and to a nation.

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Why do you believe it is important to bring together people of different faiths?

FP: On the 25th Anniversary of the first Assisi Interfaith Gathering for Peace, Pope Benedict XVI stated, “we are animated by the common desire to be pilgrims of truth, pilgrims of peace.” Men and women of faith in all of the major religious traditions of the world seek the same good. It is important to witness this truth to the larger community whenever possible. This event brings together folks who all want the same thing for our world, namely to live in a community that strives to right injustices when they occur so that real peace can be secured for our families and neighbors. This year will be the 5th Anniversary of the Seton Soles 5K. We are so grateful to all those who have supported it over the years and we look forward to this year’s event as it gets better and better each year.

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Corine Gatti
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