This year marks the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and lands on a Sunday.
Because the result of 9/11 has been fear, suspicion, grief, despair, sorrow and anger, Chris Williams (London Community Church) and Nadim Nasser of the Awareness Foundation, have called for a day of remembrance on September 11, 2011. They call this Awareness Sunday.
Church services will take place in many key venues across the world, including Westminster Abbey in the UK. This provides an opportunity for all of us to reflect on our prejudices and renew our pledge to build a path to peace.
What they are asking is that churches have their own services on that day as part of this international movement.
Chris Williams of London Community Church preached a powerful sermon at the UK National Leader’s Conference which gave both a Biblical and practical motivation for this. You can view it by going to the following link: Click Here
You can get a audio only link at: Click Here
Also, there is a web site where you can download a brochure: www.awarenesssunday.com
Quotes in support of Awareness Sunday
Awareness Sunday…is acknowledging, through education, the urgent need to dispel ignorance and to help each one of us to build a path to peace in our diverse, ever-changing world. The Most Revd & Rt Hon Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and Patron of the Awareness Foundation
‘Today the Sacred is exploited by ideologies and reduced to mere goods in a global supermarket. In such a worldly context, the Awareness Sunday initiative promoted by the Awareness Foundation offers the solid ground to find space once again for the communion of Christians and all other believers, uniting their different minds, hearts and voices in one single prayer. This will only be possible if people still believe in a world which is essentially peaceful and loving and where differences can enrich us all - a world which has the awareness to be part of that project of the One we call God.’ Father Dr Patrizio Carolini, Roman Catholic Diocese of Massa Carrara, Italy
‘Around my neck I wear a cross bearing the words of Archbishop Oscar Romero. The words read: “Peace will flower when love and justice pervade our environment.” I welcome Awareness Sunday as it seeks to reach out and build better relationships based on mutual respect and understanding.’ The Most Revd & Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York
‘9/11 redefined our understanding of the world. It is vital that we neither forget that day nor the lessons that we have learnt from it. I am delighted that Awareness Sunday, the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, will be marked in Westminster Abbey on the 11th September, and I hope that men and women from every part of society will want to join together to pray, reflect and renew our confidence in God.’ The Revd Jonathan Edwards, General Secretary, Baptist Union
‘The future stability of the world depends upon good relationships between the faith communities both locally and internationally. In raising awareness of this I pray that religious leaders will sense all the more our responsibility to build paths of peace to one another.’ The Rt Revd James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool
‘We live in a complicated and dangerous world. People use religion to perpetrate evil. Awareness Sunday is an initiative that seeks to turn this evil into good and to let religion play its proper part in our contemporary world - adding value to life and seeking the noblest possible goals for humankind. I welcome this initiative.’ Lord Griffiths of Pembrey and Burry Port
‘This is a wonderful initiative. We need to make each other more aware of our God-given humanity. We need to celebrate our rainbow diversity. That is how God will help us to build a world of peace and justice. I support the initiative of Awareness Sunday.’ The Most Revd Dr Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town