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ACNS - Interfaith 'open house' to commemorate September 11 anniversary
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Thu, 15 Aug 2002 09:07:26 -0700
ACNS 3083 - ENS - 7 August 2002
Interfaith 'open house' to commemorate September 11 anniversary
[ENS] The National Council of Churches of Christ (NCCC) is encouraging
Christian churches to participate in an Interfaith Hospitality Project as a
tangible way to observe the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist
attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The project calls on
congregations to "extend an 'Open House' welcome to neighbouring Muslims" in
early September, as a way to commemorate the tragedy.
"In the days following the tragic events of last September, the doors of
many of our houses of worship were opened, as people who were looking for
comfort and meaning sought out places to reflect and to gather with others
to pray," the NCCC invitation said. "During those days, responsible leaders
reminded us that it was a group of Islamist terrorists, and not Islam nor
ordinary American Muslims, that had attacked the World Trade Center and the
Pentagon. Interfaith services and public programs were held. Many mosques
and Islamic centers around the country held Open Houses, inviting the wider
community to come to know them."
The Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches of
Christ (USA) has prepared online materials to help congregations considering
the project, which may be downloaded, copied and used freely, with credit to
National Council of Churches, USA.
The Ecumenical & Interfaith Relations Office and the NCCC request that
Episcopal congregations participating in the project e-mail Bishop
Christopher Epting with news of their plans. His email address is:
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