Approaching 9-11, San Diego County Muslims, Christians, Jews, UUs Issue Joint Statement of Love
-Rev. David Miller, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito, Solana Beach, Ca.
On this 10th anniversary of the tragedy of September 11th, 2001, there are many things that will be said and much that will be the subject of remembrance. As Interfaith clergy in San Diego County, we are compelled to address what broke our hearts on that day and continues to cause us sorrow; the breakdown in our human family. There will be those who will continue to recall the events of 9/11 with anger, mistrust and fear. There will be others that will mark this day with deep sorrow over the loss of a spouse, son, daughter, partner, or friend. These are all valid and understandable personal reactions to a horrible human event. We understand this anger and share in the sorrow; all feelings that we too have shared. We add our voices to these remembrances by saying that this day of despair was a rip in our interconnection, a moment in time that continues a decade later to call us into a renewed urgency to work together to heal this world.
What we have learned from history, and has certainly been highlighted in the last 10 years, is that extremism in any form breeds intolerance, distrust and fear of difference. We do not negate the realities of the world. We do however ask us all to reflect on our part in contributing to the tearing down of those who differ from us politically, socially, religiously, racially, or ethnically, while also reflecting on how we can promote the healing that comes with building bridges and crossing borders in faith, love and compassion.
We will probably not be able to solve all the factors that led to the terrible loss of life on 9/11 in our lifetimes, but we can strengthen our personal resolve not to contribute to them. We call on us all to play a part in mending the many divides that face us today. We call on us all to reach out to others in need; to listen to the stories of others; to pause before acting in anger. To compost our fear into actions of love; to understand that what happens to one of us, truly does happen to all.
On a planet inhabited by billions of individuals who all have different paths, we must never forget that we share a common journey and live in a common home.
We wish us all a future of peace for our children and our children’s children.
Imam Taha Hassane – Islamic Center of San Diego
Rabbi Laurie Coskey, Ed.D. Executive Director, Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice
Rev. Dr. M. Scott Landis – Mission Hills United Church of Christ, San Diego
Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube – First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson – Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Vista
Rev. David A. Miller – Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito, Solana Beach
Rev. Frank Placone-Willey – Summit UU Fellowship, Santee
Rev. Jim Grant – Affiliate Minster, First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
Rev. Kathleen Owens – First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
Rev. Thomas Anastasi – Chalice UU Congregation, Escondido
Rev. Tom Owen-Towle – Minister Emeritus, First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego