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What Are Your Plans to Meaningfully Observe the 10th Anniversary of 9-11?

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Jul 18, 2011

Foundation statement and request to offer additional resources for planning observances of the 10th anniversary of the events of 9/11/01

In anticipation of the tenth anniversary of the events of 9/11/01, a cluster of Unitarian Universalist peace leaders, ministers, UUA staff, and leaders of UU related non-profits have mobilized around the hope that this anniversary will honor a dream of peace for all humanity. On September 11, 2010, voices of peacemaking were all but drowned out by the hate-filled rhetoric condemning the building of a Sufi community center near Ground Zero. This high decibel Islamaphobia, coupled with a bullying nationalism, intensified nationwide, sadly co-opting an opportunity to remember that individuals from close to 90 nations perished that day. Our hope is to transform that remembrance into interfaith actions of peacemaking and compassionate justice.
Over the past months, we have sought to prepare a roster of resources for our larger UU world to tap in planning interfaith observances of this tenth anniversary, resources that will enable us all to plan mindfully and compassionately for this tenth anniversary. You will find resources that span liturgy, public witness/social justice events, interfaith partnerships, and ongoing activities catalyzed by what we do on this milestone day.

We invite you to help expand these resources into a rich repertoire of possibilities by sending your responses to the following questions to Rev. Alex Holt at revalexholt@earthlink.net by August 11.

Specifically, for the tenth anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001:

• What are your plans for liturgy?
• What are your plans for public witness and social justice events?
• What are your plans for interfaith partnerships?
• What are your hopes for ongoing activities inspired by what we all do on 9/11/11?

You will find the resources at http://911peacecircles.wordpress.com/resources/, growing day by day. Within and beyond Unitarian Universalism, we can stand on the side of love by doing the work that love calls us to do.

Dr. Sharon Welch
Rev. Dr. Susan Suchocki-Brown
John Schaibly
Rev. Dr. Sarah Lammert
Rev. Alex Holt
Rev. Dr. Galen Guengerich
Dan Furmansky
Rev. Dr. Frank Carpenter
Rev. Dr. Jan Carlsson-Bull
Dr. Hal Bertilson

3 Responses to “What Are Your Plans to Meaningfully Observe the 10th Anniversary of 9-11?”

  1. Win-Win Resolutions mission is to reduce violence and prejudice in schools and communities by teaching conflict resolution and positive social skills through interactive drama and mentoring programs. This year Win-Win Resolutions celebrates 10 years. On the one year Anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, Win-Win Resolutions created the Young Peacemaker Awards, designed to recognize and celebrate youth whose words and actions reflect a consistent effort to create peaceful solutions and promote understanding and acceptance of differences between individuals, groups, and/or cultures. This year is a very special year as we observe 10 years since that tragic day and celebrate our 10 years of creating peace and so in honor of this, Win-Win Resolutions is bringing back all of it’s past Winners of the Young Peacemaker Award. Find out more information at http://www.winwinresolutions.org and on facebook Win-Win Resolutions.

  2. Greg Asimakoupoulos says:

    God Remains Our Source of Courage
    (September 11th Anniversary Hymn)

    God remains our source of courage when we’re traumatized by terror.
    When we’re haunted by the headlines and the violence everywhere.
    Hear God whisper in the silence, “Don’t despair, I’m in control.
    Hurting hearts and broken cities will at last one day be whole.”

    God recalls that tragic Tuesday when twin towers disappeared,
    when three thousand people perished and our hearts were numbed by fear.
    Yet God whispers ten years later, “Justice will in time be done.
    I will stand with those who need me ’till my Kingdom fully comes.”

    God invites us to be trusting when we find that faith is hard.
    When we’re fearful for our safety and our nerves are frayed or jarred.
    Still God whispers in the silence, “Even when your faith is weak,
    I will keep your feet from stumbling when your way is dark and bleak.”

    by Greg Asimakoupoulos
    tune: EBENEZER

  3. Help kids understand 10th anniversary of 9/11 .

    I want to make sure you are aware of a new book, When The Lights Go Out. This is an adventure / mystery for readers 8 – 13 with a terrorist plot.

    In the story, the father of the main character is able to tell his kids why he joined the army instead of going into business. He says, “After what happened on 9/11, somebody had to help keep the country safe.” This opens a short discussion with his two children in which he briefly recounts the events of that day.

    I found, while speaking in schools, that many children today know little or nothing about 9/11 or why it’s important to them. When The Lights Go Out will help teachers, librarians, grandparents, and parents with this issue.

    There is a special web page for When The Lights Go Out with lots of information, a video, and a news release. You are welcome to lift any material that might help you in communicating with your circle of influence. http://max-whenlightsgoout.blogspot.com

    When The Lights Go Out is distributed through Baker & Taylor.

    Thank you,

    Max Elliot Anderson

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