Interfaith 9-11 Observances, 2011

Local (Harvard University; Greater Boston)

Where were you? Where are we going? Interfaith Conversations on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Sunday, September 11th, 1:00-3:45pm, Boylston Hall (Harvard University)

On Sunday, September 11, 2011, the Harvard Chaplains and the Harvard Interfaith Collaborative will host an event to enable students to engage with one another about their own interfaith experiences using the shared common historical lens of 9/11 in light of the 10th anniversary.
What: We will hear a keynote address by Samir Selmanovic from Faith House Manhattan about his on-the-ground experience dealing with the tragedy of 9/11 from a faith and meaning perspective. We will then enjoy a panel discussion consisting of Diana L. Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies and Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society, Daryush Mehta, Harvard Zoroastrian Chaplain, and Harvard College student Reshma Lutfeali ’13. Following the panel discussion, Harvard student attendees will break out into small groups facilitated by Harvard Chaplains to discuss their own experience of 9/11, the past decade through the lens of faith or through their world views, and what their hopes are for the coming decade.
When: Sunday, September 11, 2011, 1:00–3:45 p.m. Refreshments included.
Where: Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard Following the panel discussion, Harvard student attendees will break out into small groups facilitated by Harvard Chaplains to discuss their own experience of 9/11, the past decade through the lens of faith or through their world views, and what their hopes are for the coming decade.
Who: Everyone is welcome to the keynote and panel. Harvard undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to participate in the small-group discussions.
R.S.V.P. to . Walk-ins welcome!

The Harvard Chaplains is the umbrella organization of over 35 chaplains representing 25 of the world's traditions, united in their commitment to supporting Harvard students, faculty, and staff. Please visit the Harvard Chaplains' website for more information:

The Harvard Interfaith Collaborative is comprised of the Harvard Chaplains, the student-driven Harvard College Interfaith Council, the Center for the Study of World Religions, the Pluralism Project, Harvard Divinity School, and other interested members of the Harvard community.

Faith House Manhattan:

“The Art of Survival: A Tenth Anniversary Observance of 9/11 in Words, Music, and Dance”

Sunday September 11th, 4pm, Sanders Theatre (Harvard University)

The Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University, with the support of the Office of the President, has organized an anniversary observance. I invite you to join us on Sunday, September 11, at 4 p.m. in Sanders Theatre for “The Art of Survival: A Tenth Anniversary Observance of 9/11 in Words, Music, and Dance.” Through a range of performances, the observance will explore themes of imagination and empathy, survival and solidarity, anxiety and security. All members of the Harvard community are invited to attend. You can find more information about the observance and how to obtain tickets by clicking here.

“The Art of Survival” will take place in conjunction with an installation in Harvard Yard: a series of eight poetry posts that form a walk across the Yard in memory of 9/11. It is our hope that they will become gathering places for reflection and conversation. Each post carries the names of Harvard graduates who perished on that day and recalls their presence for the Harvard community. The poems inscribed on the posts express the profound helplessness of loss while helping to restore our sense of hope and solidarity.

In addition, many Schools and other groups across the University have also planned memorial events. You can learn more about these events by clicking here.

Sunday September 11, 2011: Massachusetts Remembers – Boston, MA

An invitation to the religious communities of Massachusetts

To mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11, you are invited to "Massachusetts Remembers," a large public gathering, including prayers, poems and performances by the Boston Pops Brass and Boston Children's Chorus, Sunday September 11, 2011- 3pm at the Hatch Shell.

Houses of worship and religious groups will bring an important component to this shared public day of remembrance. Delegations from houses of worship and religious groups are invited to gather beforehand on the Esplanade so that we can to sit together at a space reserved for us. You are invited to bring a banner identifying your house of worship. "Massachusetts Remembers" will provide an opportunity not only to look back but also to look forward, united by our shared values of security, liberty and justice for all.

A service and learning pavilion will feature local non-profits, charitable organizations led by 9/11 family members and ways to rededicate ourselves to retelling our shared American story of service and sacrifice, healing and wholeness. A common prayer, interfaith resources, and ways you can participate will be available shortly online. For more information, please contact Matt Carriker, .

To register your church or group, please visit

The Islamic Center of Boston & The Wayland Clergy Association

Invite you to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of September 11th with an afternoon of reflections and prayer.

Please join us for an Interfaith Remembrance: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Sunday September 11, 2011 at the Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland, 126 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA. The program will feature representatives from various houses of worship in the Wayland area.

The event is open to public and All are invited to join.

Contact: , Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland

Across the United States

Odyssey Network’s “Call of Faith” 9/11 Video Channel Odyssey Networks has also compiled a list of 9/11 resources entitled “9/11: Beyond Hate”:

Prepare New York - New York City, NY

Prepare New York is a coalition of New York based interfaith organizations, including Auburn Seminary and its Center for Multifaith Education, Interfaith Center of New York, Intersections International, Odyssey Networks, Quest, and Tanenbaum and its Religion and Diversity Education Program, who have joined together to help create a city-wide climate that promotes healing and reconciliation in anticipation of the tenth anniversary of 9/11. September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows and 9/11 Community for Common Ground Initiative are serving as advisers to the multifaith organizations.

Prepare New York is supporting conversations and producing educational materials for the tenth anniversary of 9/11. For more information, visit their website. In addition to lists of relevant books and resources, Prepare NY has created a video, “We the People.”.

Wisdom Thinkers Roundtable “Searching for Answers and Wisdom in a Post-9-11 World” – New York City, NY

Thursday, Sept 8th, from 8:15 to 9:30.
Location: 92nd St Y, New York

Event tied to the 10th anniversary to raise visibility of the urgency to change from a dominant narrative of conflict to one of peace through sharing our sacred and secular wisdom.

Ten years after 9/11 we find our country and the world more deeply polarized, and buried under fear. Despite the efforts of a great many groups, pluralism is still seen more as a threat than a solution. If pluralism is to succeed it must be seen as a goal for society at large; it must be considered one of the primary goals of humanity to recognize that we are all in community together, and we need to find simple ways to develop a shared narrative that supports a more compassionate, fully engaged, pluralistic, civil society. We are committed to creating a climate of wisdom so peace and justice may flourish for all and dedicated to connecting the world, especially our children, through the shared wisdom of our stories, both sacred and secular.

This is a major goal of the Wisdom Thinkers Network Roundtable, “Searching for Answers and Wisdom in a Post-9-11 World,” at the 92nd St Y, in New York, Thursday evening Sept.8th, tied to the 10th anniversary. Arthur Miller, former Harvard Law professor and Emmy Award Winner will moderate a distinguished group of leading thinkers in religion, science, education, business, and the arts, convened by Ralph Singh, Chair of the Wisdom Thinkers Network, in a lively discussion. Participants include, Rabbis Irwin Kula and Brad Hirschfield, of Clal, the New York hosts, Carolynn Buys, international youth leader, Dr. James R. Doty, M.D. of the Center for Compassion and Altruism, Richard Ehst, President of Customers Bank, Dr. Noor Gillani, ret’d NASA scientist and philanthropist, Dr. Stuart Kauffman, leader in complexity theory, author of Reinventing the Sacred, Dr. Nina Meyerhof, educator and founder, Children of the Earth, R. Gustav Niebuhr, professor and noted journalist, Iyafin Amiebelle Olatunji, African American Matriarch and widow of Babatunder Olatunji, Carlos Portes, Latino entrepreneur and liaison for the Latino and Chinese communities at Ground Zero; Diane Schenandoah, renowned Native American artist and Wolf Clan Faith Keeper, Dr. Naresh Singh, leading expert on poverty alleviation and advocate for Sustainable livelihoods, and Asma Uddin, attorney and founder of Robertson Work, formerly UNDP’s top civil society consultant will help facilitate our closed sessions.

The event will serve to launch Wisdom Thinkers Network and invite everyone to add a thread of wisdom to reinforce the fabric of our world and spread the word about the event. To join in the conversation, follow us on Facebook; and Twitter. As we say, Wisdom welcomes everyone, but there is no room for hate!


Auburn Seminary - "Out of the Shadows of 9/11: Millennials, Moral Vision, and the Global Groundswell" - New York City, NY

On this tenth anniversary of 9/11, will a new movement of compassion, social justice, and moral calling emerge from the shadows?
Will religion be a spark that reignites our moral imagination?

Auburn Seminary is delighted to host an exciting conversation about a new vision for an American social action movement at the 2011 Jack and Lewis Rudin Lecture on September 6th at 7 p.m. at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC.

Four visionary thought leaders will explore this topic: Valarie Kaur, Director of Groundswell, Auburn's major new initiative to spark and empower a new multifaith movement for justice, and award-winning filmmaker (Divided We Fall, 2008); Ari Wallach, Co-founder, The Great Schlep and social innovation expert; Beth Zemsky, organizational consultant and social change strategy expert; and Hussein Rashid, Professor of Religion at Hofstra University and Associate Editor at Religion Dispatches.

To RSVP or for more information, click here.

Groundswell Movement - New York City, NY

"Ribbon of Hope" Project at Ground Zero

In a matter of days, our nation commemorates the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
I believe we have a precious opportunity this September 11th to heal from the past and envision a new era for our country -- and ourselves.
Will we allow fear and rage to dominate our public discourse and divide us? Or will we join hands together to mourn as one people?
Now is the moment to stand up for what we believe in. Please join me in commemorating 9/11 in a way that allows us to move forward as one nation, one people.

We invite you to send a "Ribbon of Hope" to Ground Zero to commemorate this 9/11 anniversary. We are weaving thousands of ribbons of all colors, shapes, and sizes into a tapestry that honors those we have lost on 9/11 and its decade-long aftermath. The ribbons represent a groundswell of people standing for renewal, compassion, and open communities.

Click here to send your free ribbon via our simple online sign up tool.

Please consider writing a personal thought, prayer, or hope for healing for New York City and the world on the ribbon. Once you've signed up for a ribbon, please forward this message widely to your friends and family. We really need to show a groundswell of support for this ribbon effort so the media and our communities take note. After the anniversary, the tapestry will become a moving monument -- hung in prominent public places around New York City and elsewhere to stand for our shared moral vision for a better world. We will send you pictures of what we create together.

This is Groundswell's first public campaign as a new multifaith social action initiative. Let's hit this campaign out of the park and show that an emerging movement, fueled by moral calling, is emerging from the shadows of 9/11.

To see Groundswell's chronicling of 9/11 community events happening around the country, click here.


Floating Lantern Ceremony – New York City, NY

Interfaith Center of New York
Sunday, September 11th, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Location: The South side of Pier 40 on the Hudson River

6pm – Prepare Lanterns by writing loved one’s names and messages for peace
6:30pm – Interfaith prayer and meditation, Musical Performances, Greetings and Messages, Buddhist chant for 9/11 victims and 3/11 Japanese earthquake and Tsunami victims. Famed musician Paul Winter will perform.
7:45pm – Floating lanterns released onto the Hudson

Co-Sponsors: ICNY, The Buddhist Council of NY, Prepare NY, United Sikhs, New York Disaster Interfaith Network, NY de Volunteer, New York Kayak Company

Call 646.797.7982 or 212.870.3511 for more information

Interfaith Perspectives on Communal Trauma and Healing – New York City, NY

Interfaith Center of New York
Friday, September 9th, 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus, 60th and Columbus

Info: The Interfaith Center of New York, the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, and our partners, invite all mental health professionals to attend a symposium: "Interfaith Perspectives on Communal Trauma and Healing: Religious Leaders and Mental Health Professionals Explore the Emotional Life of the City at the 10th Anniversary of 9/11". The half-day symposium will include a panel discussion with leading mental health practitioners who bring both spiritual and psychological perspectives to bear on experiences of trauma, as well as small group workshops offering hands-on introductions to the therapeutic resources found in diverse religious traditions. Visit for more info.

Contact Person: Henry Goldschmidt, 212.870.3514

Prepare New York Coffee Hours – New York City, NY

Prepare New York has a positive cornucopia of events lined up for the days preceding and following 9/11. To view a complete list of Prepare NY’s many Coffee Hour conversations that you can attend please visit Join the conversation with your neighbors.

Contact Person: Annie Rawlings, 212.870.3518

Gratitude, Healing and Social Justice: 10 years after 9/11 – New York City, NY

Interfaith Center of New York
September 22, 2011, 6:00 p.m.
Union Theological Seminary

Info: Each year, the Interfaith Center has joined with Muslim Consultative Network and Union Seminary to host an interfaith breaking of the fast during Ramadan. After 10 years, Ramadan, as a lunar month, has gradually moved outside the student and academic calendar, falling within the summer months. However, that has not stopped us! Join us this year for the 11th interfaith celebration, reflecting on themes of gratitude, healing, and social justice.

Contact Person: Sarah Sayeed, 212.870.3519 or

In Our Son's Name: What Does Justice Mean in the Aftermath of Violence? – New York, NY

Interfaith Center of New York
September 7, 12pm - 2pm

Location: Fordham University, Rose Hill Campus (Simulcast Lincoln Ctr campus: Rm 309) 441 East Fordham Road, "Keating Third" Bronx, NY

Info: Documentary film screening and Q&A session. Join filmmaker Gayla Jamison and Fordham professor of sociology Orlando Rodriguez and his wife, Phyllis, whose son's death in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 made them question conventional ideas of justice and retribution. Call 718.817.1000 for info.

Where is God Ten Years After 9/11? – New York City, NY

Interfaith Center of New York
Thursday, September, 8th, 2011, 12-1:30pm
New York Theological Seminary Conference Room. 475 Riverside Drive, 5th floor. New York, NY 10115

Info: Speakers from different faiths will reflect, followed by conversation with all assembled. Confirmed speakers include: T.K. Nakagi of the Buddhist Leadership Council; John Thatamanil of Union Theological Seminary; Peter Heltzel of New York Theological Seminary; and Annie Rawlings of The Interfaith Center of New York.

Contact Person: Annie Rawlings, 212.870.3518 or

9/11 Journeys From Direct Impact to Community Building and Peacemaking – New York City, NY

Date: Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Location: New York Open Center. 22 East 30th Street in Manhattan – between 5th & Madison Avenues

Info: Hear from a First Responder who builds friendships between First Responders in the U.S. and First Responders in Afghanistan and other countries at war; from a Survivor of 9/11 who teaches engagement skills to organizations is also a professional mediator and trainer of mediators; and from a Disaster Response professional who also describes herself as a “Community Chaplain.” Moderated by Dr. Sarah Sayeed, Program Associate, The Interfaith Center of New York.

Contact Person: Sarah Sayeed, 212.870.3519 or

Hand in Hand Remembering 9/11 – New York City, NY

Saturday, September 10, 2011, Check-in Stations open from 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Location: Hudson River Waterfront; Lower Manhattan

Info: On Saturday, September 10th, 2011 at 8:46am thousands of people will grasp hands to form a human chain along the waterfront from the tip of Lower Manhattan heading north. There will also be a Wall of Remembrance in historic Battery Park where you can post a message or memento. The 9/11 Memorial Museum will keep a portion of this wall for display for years to come. In addition, downtown non-profits will be hosting special community service projects throughout our neighborhood, and we invite you to get involved and volunteer in the community. Participation in the event is free and open to all, but you must pre-register through the site at We encourage you to visit the site and pre-register early to ensure you can participate. We will contact you prior to the event with instructions on which Check-In station to report to on the morning of September 10th to assign you your place in the chain.

Contact Person: Manhattan Community Board 1, Tabatha Robinson, 212.442.5050

Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) Programming – New York City, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), a world leader in interfaith dialogue, is hosting a variety of religious observances and community service opportunities to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11; honor the surviving families and first responders to the scenes of the attacks; remember those who were killed or injured in the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center; and engage with family, friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens who were affected by the tragic events.


Tefillot (prayer) services to remember 9/11 will be held in the Women’s League Seminary Synagogue at JTS, located at 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street) in New York City. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early and have photo ID available.

  • Shabbat morning, September 10, 9:30 a.m.: Parshat Ki Tetzei—Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of JTS, will deliver the sermon on the topic of “Remembering 9/11.”
  • Monday morning, September 12, 7:10 a.m.: Shaharit (morning) prayer service commemorating 9/11.
  • Monday afternoon, September 12, 3:15 p.m.: Minhah (afternoon) service acknowledging 9/11, followed immediately by a brief interfaith service (from 3:30 to 3:50 p.m.) focused on the theme of reconciliation. Chancellor Eisen will share reflections about 9/11 at this event.
Gemilut Hasadim (acts of loving kindness)

On Sunday, September 11, at 1 p.m., join the JTS Va’ad Gemilut Hasadim: Susan and Jack Rudin Center for Community Outreach, along with the Departments of Student Life and Residence Life, as they prepare sandwiches to be delivered to the Broadway Community Inc. (BCI) soup kitchen. Participants will meet in the Goldsmith Hall Moadon (537 West 121st Street, at Broadway)to prepare the sandwiches, and then deliver them to the BCI soup kitchen (114th Street and Broadway). Please RSVP to .

JTS Interreligious Resources Expanded

“Our Better Angels: Resources for the Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11,” which includes text, talk, and music, is available on the JTS website. The resources derive from Our Better Angels, the three late-spring evenings of interreligious discussion and music at historic St. Paul’s Chapel (adjacent to Ground Zero). The series was cosponsored by the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of JTS, headed by Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, and Union Theological Seminary; the sessions explored Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions on tragedy, mourning, and healing. Every event concluded with a live musical performance.

JTS Invites You to Participate in a 9/11 National Day of Service on September 11

10 a.m.–noon: Join Chancellor Eisen and his wife, Dr. Adriane Leveen, and volunteer with Dorot—the intergenerational volunteer corps that provides food, friendship, housing, wellness, and cultural activities to homebound seniors—for Rosh Hashanah package delivery, sharing memories and hope with elderly recipients. Registration is required for this first-come, first-served volunteer opportunity and ends September 6. Volunteer online or by calling (212) 769-2850. All volunteers must bring photo ID in order to participate.

10 a.m–2 p.m.: Choose a volunteer project through the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street. Organized community service activities will take place in and outside of the JCC building in remembrance of the events of 9/11. Sign up for these special programs in advance and then choose your project on the morning of the event. Breakfast will be served. Contact Judy Gross for further information and to RSVP at (646) 505-4450.

Visit the 9/11 Tribute Movement site and type in your ZIP code to find opportunities in the New York City area and nationally.

Contact: Eve Glasberg at (212) 678-8089 or

Sanctuary Still: Brooklyn Reflects on a Decade Since 9/11 - St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church (Brooklyn Heights, NY)

Sunday, September 11th, 3:00 PM

On Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 3:00 p.m., St. Ann’s will host this community event to honor the spirit of our borough and its particular perspective on our nation’s loss, recovery, and renewal. The program will include spoken word, music, and video presentations. Presenters will include elected officials, first responders from the fire and police departments, Brooklyn-based authors, faith leaders, and community members. Musical presentations will be provided by The Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, the Grace and Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn, and the St. Ann’s Choir.

On September 11, 2001, the Parish of St. Ann’s opened its doors to provide sanctuary for members of the Brooklyn Heights community and people fleeing lower Manhattan across the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. The building was a haven for many afterwards and remains in continuous use for weekly worship, quiet contemplation, and as a venue for arts and community programs.


A-OK! Weekend - Syracuse, NY

Women Transcending Boundaries

Women Transcending Boundaries continues to bridge the divides of interfaith relationships and build bridges of understanding in our community with compassionate activism. We will again host Acts of Kindness (A-OK!) weekend on 9/9-9/11. Building on our wonderful weekend of kindness and caring, in 2011, we now mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with an even bigger and better A-OK! Weekend, Acts of Kindness, Friday -Sunday, Sept 9-11.

We imagine simple projects like children’s crafts in a local park or sorting clothes to be given to refugees, as well as renovation projects that might involve a larger group. One church is planning a 9/11 free Sunday breakfast for people in its neighborhood and Interfaith Works is talking about having public readings of passages from the Muslim sacred scripture, the Koran. Ideas are bubbling up, and it’s now time for you to get involved.

We foresee hundreds of people honoring those who gave their lives on 9/11 with acts of kindness throughout Central New York. We know you want to be a part of giving back and sharing a tribute to the victims of 9/11. For more information about A-OK! weekend, click here.


The Peace Flag Project - Providence, RI

Two events that are a part of the larger Month of Peace programming at the Peace Flag Project.

United for Change Conference

September 10th
Washington, D.C. Convention Center

TOGETHER for a Better America: An Evening of Remembrance and Hope – Chicago, IL

Saturday, September 10, 2011
8:30-9:30 PM
Daly Plaza Chicago, 50 West Washington

This will be only city wide service for remembrance of the 9/11 tragedy, renewal based on the learnings in the decade since 9/11, and recommitment for peace building for coming decades. This time of prayer and reflection, and in attendance will be the mayor of Chicago, the President of the Cook County Board, and the Governor of Illinois. This is a unique service by being co-sponsored by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago and the Council of Religious leaders of Metropolitan Chicago whose members represent over six million people in eight faith traditions—Bah’ai, Christian, Hindu, Islam, Jain, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism.

For further information contact Dr. Larry Ulrich at 630.620.4044

9-11 Interfaith Family Day - Boca Raton, FL

1-4pm, Patch Reef Park

For more information and contact information, check out this news story from The Sun Sentinel by James Davis.

Bozeman Interfaith 9/11 Memorial Service – Bozeman, MO

Sunday, September 11th, 3:00 PM
First Presbyterian Church

This service will include participation of many different faith traditions.

News article from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle:

Abrahamic Faiths Post-9/11: "Building a Peaceful Community in a Violent World – Norman, OK

Promotional video for the rally in Norman, Oklahoma that will be held on 9-11-2011 to work on building a peaceful community in a violent world. The Abrahamic Faiths Post-9/11 event will be held at the Nancy O'Brien Center for the Performing Arts (at Norman North High School) from 4:00-6:00 PM. Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, Dr. Mitch Randall, pastor of NorthHaven Church in Norman, and Imam Imad Enchassi, President of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City will be panel participants. Dr. Barbara Boyd of the Religous Studies Department at the University of Oklahoma will moderate.

"Moving Memories: Moving Forward" Interfaith Memorial Service – Phoenix, AZ

Sunday, September 11th, 11:30 AM- 12:30 PM
Arizona Interfaith Movement

Location: The "9/11 Memorial" at Wesley Bolin Plaza immediately east of the AZ Capitol on 17th Avenue and Adams Street (downtown Phoenix, AZ)

We hope you, your family, friends, and coworkers can join us for this community-building event! It promises to touch hearts and be a positive light within our community. Ten years ago our nation suffered a tragedy on September 11 that impacted the entire world. On September 11th, this year, (a Sunday), there will be a special interfaith Memorial Service for which we hope you can join us. Here are a few highlights of the program:

  • Radio/Television personality Pat McMahon will be our Emcee.
  • A marvelous high school trumpeter will play the National Anthem
  • Pledge of Allegiance will be led by all of the elected officials present. (no speaking)
  • Four Arizonan speakers (who lost loved ones in the tragedy), speaking briefly.
  • As a symbolic tenth anniversary, we will have ten children from ten different faiths repeat the Golden Rule from their faith.
  • A marvelous soloist will sing "America the Beautiful"
  • We will close in silence.

NOTE: There will be water provided and some chairs, but please use sun protection, bring umbrellas, -- be safe in the warm Arizona sun. Further information and a location map is available online or contact us at our office (Dr. Paul Eppinger - 602-261-6704, Anne Taylor - 602-261-6703, or Nancy Hoffman - 602-261-6705).

Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope (S.A.R.A.H.) - Orange County and LA, CA

Our previous year's activities in observation of 9/11 are in alignment with our Be Compassion campaign (also how we perpetuate The Charter for Compassion) where we hand out "Be Compassion" bracelets in the mall (and give shoppers an extra bracelets to give to a random stranger), collect ideas for compassion on post cards while asking other shoppers to self address another post card. We then mail out strangers ideas to one another's home address. We give Free Hugs at the beach and arm our kids with quarters and send them to the beach to fill up expired parking meters.

Since our organization sprung out of the events of 9/11 we decided to put our energies for the 10th Anniversary in our presence, support and acknowledgment for those whose shoulders we have stood on during the past 10 years and for those who help us see our vision realized. We did not want to add one more event to our community and felt it necessary to show our love and honor of those groups who work toward ending religiously motivated violence and creating enduring peace. Since we are active every 9/11, it is important to us to honor this day by honoring those who are also committed to our shared vision of a more safe and harmonious community.

Because we wanted to incorporate acts of service into our day we will be feeding the hungry in Santa Ana early in the morning, a regular weekly effort of our Outreach arm One Human Family.

From there we will caravan to The Guibord Center, whose founder Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord is our most recent Peace Tapestry recipient. They are hosting "Finding Hope in the Holy: September 11, 10th Year Anniversary Observance."

Our Orange County Sisters will go to the South County Interfaith Council's observation and then to Temple Beth Sholom in Tustin for an interfaith observation.

Our Los Angeles Sisters will go on to The Urgency of 9/11/11: Challenging US War-Making facilitated by the Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace.

We The World has initiated the 11 Days of Global Unity, the 11 days between 9/11 and 9/21; International Day of Peace. Day 7 is dedicated to Women and SARAH will be feeding women at Isaiah's House, a Catholic Workers home for women. We are encouraging women all over the world to do something on 1 or more of the 11 days.

Contact: Sande Hart

September 11, Sunday: Memorial Service - University of Southern California

12:00 Noon, Bovard Auditorium
Speaking: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Public Invited - Free

Chapter 9, Verse 11: an art display featuring passages from the scriptures of the world’s religions, in the Fishbowl Chapel, University Religious Center, from 1-5 pm

Community Service Project with USC students, 1-5 pm, University Religious Center

Closing interfaith worship at St Mark’s Lutheran Church, 5 pm, 3651 S. Vermont across the street from USC campus – led by the Lutheran Campus Ministry

This is the official start of the President’s Challenge at USC, starting at noon with a 10th anniversary memorial service for 9/11 and followed by lunch (free) and community service projects on campus. This will be followed by viewing an art display of chapter 9, verse 11 of many world religious scriptures, created by student Ifrah Sheikh, in the URC Fishbowl Chapel. Lunch will be served at the URC while clusters of students of different faith backgrounds share with each other about the ways their religious and spiritual traditions inspire them to serve. Then we will do a food-packing project for “A Community Place”, a student organization that distributes meals and food in South Central LA. The afternoon closes with an interfaith worship service at St Mark’s Lutheran, led by the USC Lutheran Campus Ministry. Contact:

The San Diego Interfaith 9/11 Memorial and Concert – San Diego, CA

Balboa Park’s Organ Pavilion
September 11, 2011, 4:30 - 6pm Meet and Greet/Food After the Program
1549 El Prado # 10, San Diego, CA 92101

The San Diego Interfaith 9/11 Memorial & Concert is a collaboration of San Diego County wide Interfaith organizations. The event is to promote and create a world, especially since 9/11, filled with understanding, acceptance, respect, dignity, peace and love for all. The theme is "Responding From the Heart" and our hope is that at the end of the hour and half program filled with spiritual music from many faith traditions interspersed with prayers from youth from the different faith traditions we will walk away touched in some corner of our hearts by a little more love and understanding.

We invite you to come and participate in this historic Interfaith community-wide gathering to observe the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in the beautiful and serene setting of Balboa Park's Organ Pavilion. Please share this email and the flyer with your family, friends, congregations, and community.

Call: Call Gagandeep Kaur for more information, 858-405-9528 or and/or Rosemary Johnston

Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno 9/11 Commemoration – Fresno, CA

Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Keynote Speaker: Nancy Meyer, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

Mrs. Meyer is the sister-in-law of 9/11 victim, Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas who was a passenger on United Flight 93. She joined September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrow to turn grief into action for peace and develop and advocate nonviolent options and actions in the pursuit of justice.

Children from around the Valley are invited to join Muslim children in releasing doves and to send a message of healing and friendship for a brighter future.

We welcome all faith leaders, elected officials and the Valley’s diverse communities to join us for the commemoration of the solemn day.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (559) 297-9535 or email .

"Finding Hope in the Holy: September 11 10-Year Anniversary Observance" - Los Angeles, CA

The Guibord Center

The Guibord Center - Religion Inside Out will host this city-wide gathering, a Celebration of Hope rooted in the Sacred Texts of our many Faith Traditions. Please click here for a list of our sponsoring organizations.

St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral
514 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles 90007

For more information, please visit the Guibord Center website.

Then and Now: Civil Liberties & Interfaith Relations Ten Years After 9-11 - Omaha, Nebraska

Project Interfaith
A Community-wide Gathering for Reflection and Remembrance featuring civil rights attorney and writer Sahar Aziz

Sunday, September 11, 2011
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Witherspoon Concert Hall
at the Joslyn Art Museum
2200 Dodge Street

This program is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

Minnesotans Standing Together
Sunday, September 11, 2011
2-4pm, music and reading of the names beginning at 1pm
Minnesota State Capitol

Join Minnesotans from every walk of life at this special ceremony to remember the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Together we will honor the ideals of freedom and democracy, remember and lament our losses, and create hope. We will move beyond the culture of fear and intolerance that has dominated our public conversation over the last decade and stand together for peace, a celebration of diversity, and the common good.

The event will feature an unprecedented coalition of more than a dozen religious traditions, public officials including Governor Mark Dayton and congressional and state legislative delegations, military and first responders, youth, musicians and artists including Brother Ali and Sheila Raye Charles, Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, and many others.

Leading up to the event, the Interfaith Youth Leadership Coalition created a series of 9 short video PSAs on religious freedom in post-9/11 America. The videos can be seen at

9-11 Walks - Nationwide

Honor the countless victims of 9/11 and its aftermath with a simple act of hope and courage: Walk and talk kindly with neighbors and strangers, in celebration of our common humanity and in defiance of fear, misunderstanding and hatred.

Wouldn’t it be great if 9/11 became a day to reach over boundaries to connect with ‘the other’, the way Martin Luther King Day has become a day for community service? It only takes a few people from one group or congregation to join a few from another to create a meaningful 9/11 Walk.

United Religions Initiative’s "Intolerance Ends with Me" Online Pledge Campaign - Nationwide

On September 1, United Religions Initiative launched “Intolerance Ends with Me,” an on-line pledge campaign to mobilize individuals around the world to put a stop to intolerance in their communities. The campaign is inspired by the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Peace, September 21st. Pledge takers promise to take one action each day in the month of September to promote tolerance and respect for diversity in their communities, to speak out against discrimination. The URI, a global grassroots interfaith organization, invites you to take the Pledge and join us in the global movement for peace! Visit for more information about URI, and to take advantage of other great interfaith resources, including a toolkit for interfaith solidarity on the anniversary of 9-11.

National Day of Service and Remembrance - Nationwide

On Tuesday, April 21, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which includes federal authorization to establish September 11 as an annually recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance. "…President Barack Obama created a historic, enduring and compassionate legacy that truly honors the 9/11 victims and their families, first responders and rescue and recovery workers, the soldiers who have taken up arms to defend our freedom and safety, and the many volunteers who spontaneously contributed their efforts in the immediate aftermath of 9/11," said David Paine, founder of, the nonprofit group that led a seven-year campaign to formally establish 9/11 as an annually recognized day of service and remembrance. "There isn't a better or more fitting way to remember 9/11 than for all of us as Americans to voluntarily set aside time on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks to help others."


Project Mosaic - London, UK

10 Years After 9/11: A Gathering in Commemoration
Thursday, 8 September 2011, 6:30pm registration for 7pm start. Event concludes at 8pm.
Faraday House, 48-51 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AE

A gathering to commemorate the nearly 3,000 people from dozens of countries who perished in the attacks on September 11, 2001 and to remember all people killed in violence fuelled by group hatred. Every nationality, faith and age group welcome, including children.

HOW TO BOOK: Tickets are free but space is limited and tickets must be booked in advance. To book a place, email . For more than one ticket, please be sure to send a full name and email address for each ticket. We regret we are unable to hold or book a ticket without a name and email address.

Project Mosaic is a UK-based charity that teaches people to be more tolerant of those coming from a different background, whether racial, ethnic, religious, national or economic. It promotes interfaith and intercultural tolerance, multiethnic good citizenship and integration of immigrant communities, and counters prejudice, group hatred and extremism - through its Lecture Series, Global Citizen Programme and Young Filmmakers YouTube Film Competition. Project Mosaic was set up in memory of David Fontana, one of the 343 firefighters who died on September 11, 2001 while helping to rescue people from the World Trade Towers in New York.

News Stories Covering Interfaith Remembrances and Legacies of 9/11 (Domestic and International)

“Religious Groups to Hold Memorial Programs for 9-11” (The Sun-Sentinel, Florida) - 9/8/2011,0,1166933.story

“Framingham Interfaith Clergy Association Plans 10th Anniversary 9/11 Service” (The Framingham Patch) – 9/7/2011

“9/11: Local ceremonies and services for the 10th anniversary” (The Metro Daily West) – 9/3/2011

“9/11 Interfaith Service Set for Area” (Los Gatos Patch) – 9/5/2011

“9/11 Remembrance Events, 'Nun Run,' City Council Scheduled” (Portsmouth Patch) – 9/4/2011

“Interfaith gathering set for Sept. 11 at John Bapst” (The Bangor Daily News) – 9/5/2011

“9-11 Multi-faith Afternoon of Reflection - NJ State House steps and Museum” (Philadelphia Jewish Voice) – 9/7/2011

“The 9/11 Decade: Small Leaps of Faith” (The New York Times) – 9/3/2011

“Ten Years After 9/11: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” (Muslim Public Affairs Council) – 9/2/2011

“The Interfaith Movement Steps Up to Commemorate 9/11” (The Tikkun Daily) – 9/7/2011

“Website, created by Sikh Coalition founder, collects tales of the 9/11 backlash on minorities” (The New York Daily News) – 9/6/2011

“Interfaith event marks 9-11 anniversary” (The Mercury News) – 9/2/2011

“'A Healing Balm" 10 years after 9/11” (South Whitehall Patch) – 9/7/2011

“Bringing local faiths together 10 years after terror attacks” (The Niagara Falls Review) – 9/6/2011

“Participate in the 9/11 National Day of Service” (The Poughkeepsie Journal) – 9/3/2011|newswell|text|Life|s

“Interfaith 9/11 Ceremony Set For Sunday in Allentown” (Upper Macungie Patch) – 9/6/2011

“Interfaith group helps nonprofit load up bikes in Rockville” (The Gazette.Net, Maryland) – 9/7/2011

Commentary: On Interfaith Relationships After 9/11 Georgetown University President Jack DeGioia reflects on the 10th anniversary (WAMU 88.5) – 9/5/2011

“Interfaith observances for September 11 add a Muslim outreach” (The St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Bay, FL) – 9/7/2011

“Stetson University plans interfaith service, recital on 10th anniversary of 9-11” (The Florida Courier) – 9/6/2011

“Interfaith Action Movement of Youth will host 'Better Together' event on 9/11” (The Examiner, Columbus, OH) – 9/1/2011

“Ohio to honor safety forces, 9/11 victims” (The Mansfield News-Journal) – 9/7/2011

“A Decade After 9/11, Community Leader Continues Fight for Peace” (Dearborn Patch) – 9/6/2011

“Interfaith teens, adults will commemorate 9/11 with prayer service” (The Daily Herald, Illinois) – 9/2/2011

“Weaving Hope: An Interfaith Gathering for Remembrance and Unity on 9-11-11 in Brookfield” (Brookfield Now, Brookfield Wisconsin) – 9/2/2011

“Local Sept. 11 events, services planned” (The Coloradoan) – 9/7/2011|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

“Muslim groups join 9/11 anniversary events” ( – 9/6/2011

“Tucson events mark 10th anniversary of 9/11” (The Tuscon Sentinel) – 9/7/2011

“Portland's interfaith Circle of Peace plans Sept. 11 observance Sunday” ( – 9/2/2011

“Imam Says 9/11 Led To Interfaith Dialogue” (KLCC 89.7, Eugene, Oregon) – 9/6/2011

“Local Events To Commemorate 9/11 Anniversary” (10 News San Diego) – 9/7/2011

“9/11 memorial events in the Sacramento region” (The Sacramento Bee) – 9/7/2011

“Interfaith group to host service on Sept. 11 in Fairfield” (The Reporter/Times-Herald, Vacaville, CA) – 9/6/2011

“Dalai Lama joins Muslim scholar at 9/11 forum” (The National Post) – 9/6/2011

“Church group hosts 9/11 event” (STV Edinburgh South-East) – 9/5/2011