Faith Community to Observe Fifteenth Anniversary of 9/11
The public is invited to attend an Observance of the Fifteenth Anniversary of 9/11 to take place at the Gazebo on the Hudson Village Green on Sunday, September 11 beginning at 10:45 am. Sponsored by The Community of Saint John and in collaboration with other local faith communities, the hour long ceremony will include time for interfaith prayers, readings, personal reflection, and music from local area ensembles.
Speaking to the purpose of the occasion, Brian Suntken, pastor of The Community of Saint John stated, "Our goal is to provide an opportunity for the greater community to gather and reflect together on the ways which make for peace. Everybody can recall where they were on that eventful morning in 2001. Out of the dust of that tragedy, the loss of life, the hatred and the strife which has followed, we must as a community, and as a nation, work for change, for peace, for reconciliation. If not, those three thousand people who lost their lives that day will have died in vain. How can you and I be agents for change? Who is my neighbor? What does it mean to live in peace? How can we beat 'swords into plowshares'? What are the bonds of our common humanity? These are just some of the themes that will be expressed at the Observance."
Those who wish to attend the event are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Programs and song sheets will be provided. In the event of rain, the Observance will be held at the Barlow Community Center on Oviatt Street.