Magazine article The Christian Century

Mingled Prayers. (from the Editor/publisher)

Magazine article The Christian Century

Mingled Prayers. (from the Editor/publisher)

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ANNIVERSARIES OF traumatic events carry an emotional power. A clinical psychiatrist I know says that remembering and even reliving such traumas, as painful as that is, can be an important part of healing. We mark the anniversary of September 11 in this issue with a series of reflections and remembrances.

What I recall from that time is how people turned to their churches, synagogues and mosques for comfort and solace, and how in a new way religious institutions and communities turned to one another. In the midst of tragedy we learned something about our connectedness as citizens and as human beings, and religious communities helped give expression to that oneness.

One particular event is etched in my memory. The church I serve was hosting a noon-time, interfaith community memorial service a few days after September 11. The sanctuary was full to overflowing with members of our congregation, members of Holy Name Cathedral, members of Congregation Sinai, and many office workers from the area. Father Robert McLaughlin, Rabbi Michael Sternfield and I were in the chancel. …

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