September 11, 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the attacks on New York and Pennsylvania. It is a fitting time to pause and reflect on where we find ourselves now. How have changed and grown? Have we become more or less like what we fear? How have we healed? What wounds have festered or deepened? Do you feel safer now than you did on September 10, 2011? Ten years later, we are involved in wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Libya. We’ve engaged in these wars longer than any others, as a nation. Is this what we want? What is our ongoing role as Christians and followers of the one who preached radical forgiveness and an alternative way in the world?
You have two different opportunities to come together with the local interfaith community on September 10 and 11 for times of reflection, remembrance and healing. (More details on these events are listed further down in the newsletter.) Saturday you are invited to contribute to a conversation held at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, and Sunday afternoon will be a time of prayer, song, and remembrance. I hope that you will take advantage of these opportunities to foster healing and change, within yourself and the wider world.
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