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Local Interfaith Group to Hold 9/11 Commemoration 9 August , 2011

Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe Houses of Worship are planning an event to remember those lost in 9/11, all the injured and all the heroes.The Community 9/11 Commemoration will be held on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 3 PM at The Reformed Church of Bronxville, located at 180 Pondfield Road in the Village of Bronxville.

This civic ceremony, organized by the BIC (Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe Interfaith Council), will feature stirring music (including bagpipes), a community choir, commemorative readings, greetings from Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe community leaders and a moving time of silent prayer and the ringing of the commemoration bell.




Plans Under Way in Dumont to Mark 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11 4 August , 2011

Plans are under way in Dumont to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on America.

A community-wide interfaith service will be held at 9 a.m. at Dumont High School followed later by a candlelight vigil at dusk in Memorial Park.

The public and emergency responders from Dumont and local communities are invited to participate in either or both events to honor those who died and those who responded.

“Our goal is not only to remember the fallen and the responders, but also to honor their lives by sharing any positive outcomes from such horrific violence,” said the Rev. Elaine Wing, pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church, and John Perkins, borough administrator.

Three local churches have committed to canceling their regular Sunday morning worship service and to encourage their congregations to worship together at 9 a.m.

“Our administrative board, like the Calvary United Methodist and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Councils, decided this event was very important,” said the Rev. Richard Vander Borgh, pastor of Old North Reformed Church.




Faith Shared in Iowa: Finding Our Commonalities and Respecting Our Differences 27 June , 2011

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11, we all can recall where we were and what we were doing that horrific day. American Muslims with their fellow citizens stood united in grief and resolve. They completely and unequivocally denounced and rejected those who committed these murderous attacks, all acts of terrorism, and violence. Nevertheless, American Muslims and Islam itself became targets of misconceptions, attacks, hate acts/speech, and fear mongering by some media outlets, some political leaders, and even some high profile religious leaders.

Since 9/11, Americans across faith beliefs and cultures continue to face new, divisive, and troubling challenges. Muslims, Southeast Asians, Arabs, and others face multitudes of backlash reactions that are still sadly with us today. Islamophobia and xenophobia are on the rise. Recent congressional hearings singling out Muslims in relation to homegrown terrorism, and the anti-Sharia bills became the norm. They added more fuel to the fire of scapegoating, misinformation, and finger pointing.

As we continue to live in such time of great civil and religious discord, we look to our collective faith teachings and principles for healing. That is the light at the end of this never-ending threat to our unity and national stability. We count on our collective religious teachings and faith to create a generous, kind, respectful, and understanding nation and world.



An Interfaith Dialogue planning 9-11 event 22 June , 2011

An organization that works to boost understanding among people of differing backgrounds is looking for help planning a 10-year commemoration of a tragic day in U.S. history.

The nonprofit group, An Interfaith Dialogue, already is working with about a dozen community organizations to present a Lawrence gathering scheduled for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 11, marking the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks in New York, Washington and rural Pennsylvania.

Others looking to join the effort are both welcome and encouraged to do so, said Dru Sampson, organization president and community organizer.

“We want to present an event that will unify our community and remember those who died in the 9-11 tragedies — acknowledging that this is a nationwide event, no matter what your faith, belief or culture is,” Sampson said. “We want to focus on unifying our communities, rather than dividing them.”

Organizers also are seeking personal stories from area residents: “How they were affected, what has helped them heal, and how they have moved forward from those tragedies of that day,” Sampson said.