Churches across the Connection are planning special services and other events – a number of them interfaith events – in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, commonly referred to as "9/11."
In the United Methodist News Service (UMNS) article, "Religious Tolerance Urged in 9/11 Discourse," Linda Bloom writes that an interfaith association of more than 400 religion communicators has taken the lead "in reinforcing the need for conversation rather than confrontation" as the anniversary approaches.
The Religion Communicators Council is made up of religion communicators from the Baha'i, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim faith communicators. Its 17-member board of governors issued a resolution, after an August meeting in Philadelphia, asking for civility, accuracy, and tolerance in the 9/11 reporting and discussions.
With the broad representation of religions in the United States today, it's important to listen "and respect each other's beliefs," Bloom quotes Laura Flippen Tenzel, vice president of the Religion Communicators Council, as saying.
"If we can invite each other to communicate and to share beliefs, but yet not impose our beliefs on them, I think we have the potential of building trust. And with trust, we can build a better world," Tenzel adds. She is communications coordinator for the United Methodist Endorsing Agency, Division of Ordained Ministry, Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
Read complete article here. (United Methodist News Service plans a series of special stories to run Mon. Sept. 5 through Wed. Sept. 14. To read, visit www.umc.org.)
Interfaith event planned on Sept. 11 at Campbell UMC
In the California-Nevada Annual Conference, Campbell United Methodist Church will host a joint Muslim-Christian-Jewish family meal celebration on Sunday, September 11, starting at 6 p.m.
Franklin Bondonno of the Campbell UMC Church and Society Committee says, "Between 6:00 and 7:20 we will gather and have a Kosher-Halal dinner for an estimated 210 to 250 attendees. From 7:20 to 7:50, we will share in Muslim prayers, led by an imam on the church lawn. From 7:50 to 8:30, we will share in Christian prayers and a program in the church sanctuary.
If you're interested in attending, send a reservation to Ginny Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 408.378.3472.
Campbell UMC is located at 1675 Winchester Boulevard, Campbell, CA 95008.The Google Maps feature on the church's webpage can help you plan your trip.