What Are You Doing on 9/11? How About Talking About Religion in a Diverse Democracy?

From Everyday Democracy (http://www.everyday-democracy.org/en/index.aspx):


Everyday Democracy introduces One Nation, Many Beliefs, a guide for exploring religious differences and the role of religion in public life.


What will you do on 9/11? Some people are volunteering in their communities. Others are educating children on the events of 9/11 and its aftermath. Still others are searching for how they can honor and remember the victims of 9/11 in a forward-looking way.


What if, together, we begin to create relationships across religious differences and explore the role of religion in our community and national lives? While most people don’t blame religious differences for causing 9/11, in the aftermath of the tragedy, tensions surfaced between people with different religious beliefs. We were reminded of how these tensions simmer just beneath the surface when, last August, a controversy erupted over locating an Islamic cultural center in lower Manhattan.


Let us honor and remember the 9/11 victims by working together to create a vibrant democracy that honors the voices of all its people.


Everyday Democracy invites your community to use and adapt the pilot version of our discussion guide, One Nation, Many Beliefs: Talking About Religion in a Diverse Democracy (http://www.everyday-democracy.org/en/Article.1300.aspx). Adapted from a 2006 guide created by LaGuardia Community College, One Nation, Many Beliefs helps people of different faith groups and secular groups develop relationships to work together in creating a community where everyone can thrive.


You can download the guide as a PDF at http://www.everyday-democracy.org//en/Resource.182.aspx. Once you use the guide, we’d like to hear how it worked for your community and what we can do to improve it at mrogers.bursen@everyday-democracy.org.


Also, let the country know if your community chooses to host these dialogues. The national campaign “I will” is asking people to share what they’ll do on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 to honor and remember the victims. Visit www.911day.org.

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One Response to What Are You Doing on 9/11? How About Talking About Religion in a Diverse Democracy?

  1. Robby says:

    This is something we can all do!

    A Spiritual Response to Terrorism

    With your thoughts, you can help build a system of spiritual quarantine for terrorists and would-be terrorists. You don’t have to know who they are. The Creator does. Just do this.
    For a minimum of five minutes every day, meditate in the following way:
    Pray that anyone even thinking of committing a terrorist act, anywhere in the world, be surrounded by a huge golden egg. The eggshell is made of the spiritual equivalent of titanium. It is impenetrable. Any malevolent, hateful or violent thought that emanates from the mind of the terrorist cannot get past the confines of the eggshell. Before the violent thought can turn into violent action, it is stopped by the force of this meditative field. Energetically, the terrorist is quarantined. On the inside of the egg, see a shower of golden Light pouring from the eggshell into the heart and mind of the terrorist. Pray for your lost brother. See him or her being healed by the force of divine Love, wrapped in the arms of angels, reminded of who he truly is. Five minutes. Every day. Tell everyone you know.

    by Marianne Williamson

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