On the Trail of Religious Freedom

March 7, 2017

churches Fayetteville NCCumberland County communities proudly embrace their diversity, and nowhere is this more evident than in the many religions practiced here. This spring, we offer our visitors two unique ways to celebrate religious freedom and diversity in the greater Fayetteville area. One is an ecumenical event that is believed to be the largest stand-alone prayer walk in the country. The other is an educational driving trail that traces our area’s rich religious heritage.

AsOne Prayer Walk
Join fellow believers from different denominations, races, and walks of life for this massive prayer walk, scheduled for April 8 in Festival Park. The mission of this event each year is to bring together dozens of churches and ministries and thousands of people as one body with one purpose. Covering approximately two miles in downtown Fayetteville, the walk includes prayer stops at five to seven symbolic sites, like the Market House, Airborne and Special Operations Museum, and North Carolina Veterans Park. After reconvening back at Festival Park, the festivities continue all afternoon at the AsOne Family Reunion with a worship service, good food, and lots of festivities.

churches Fayetteville NCReligious Freedom Trail
Explore on your own time the fascinating history behind many beautiful and historic houses of worship with this half-day driving trail. The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) created this handy tourist tool to educate visitors on the area’s church history, which dates all the way back to the mid-18th century. Along the way, you will learn the story of a black shoemaker who brought Methodism to Fayetteville and the story of an African-born Muslim slave whose name would one day be adopted by a local mosque. You may discover which church boasts one of the oldest pipe organs still in use in America and which house of worship was the first Roman Catholic Church to be dedicated in North Carolina. You should hit the trail, though, to discover those answers and all the other rich nuggets of history.

Find the complete Religious Freedom Trail and a host of other driving trails on the FACVB’s Cultural Heritage Trails. Also, be sure to check out the FACVB’s Calendar of Events for all the great happenings taking place in Cumberland County throughout the year.


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