It’s been held by luminaries such as Nelson Mandel, Muhammad Ali and Mother Teresa. And on July 20, the torch, a ubiquitous symbol of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, came to Austin.

The Peace Run, “a global torch relay that embodies humanity’s universal aspiration for peace,” according to the run’s site, was founded in 1987 by athlete, philosopher and poet Sri Chinmoy. Since then, the torch has been carried around the world by millions of people to promote peace and goodwill. 

By passing the torch from one person to the next, the relay offers people from many nations the opportunity to express their hopes and dreams for a better, brighter future,” according to the peace run’s website. “People from all walks of life hold the symbolic torch to wish for a peaceful world. Passing the torch from one person to the next unites us together in our common aspiration to offer something positive to our world – together we can make a difference!”

Last month, West Siders converged outside of Hope Community Church, 5900 W. Iowa, for a run that featured Congressman Danny K. Davis, the Exodus Drum and Bugle Corps and numerous community groups and organizations.