Can you remember where you were on 11th September 2001?

Posted on September 8th, 2011 by Chaplaincy in Tybed

Can you remember where you were on 11th September 2001?

Sunday 11th September marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist atrocities in the United States. 9/11 remains a significant day and my guess is that for many the images of the twin towers in New York that day is one which has left a strong memory.

Because it is the 10th anniversary, this Sunday has is being marked by a special day called ‘Awareness Sunday’. Organised by a group representing several different faiths it aims to challenge people of faith to deepen their own faith and to understand and relate to those of differing faiths and worldviews, breaking down the fears and suspicions that so easily arise. For Christians, it will be an opportunity to affirm the true Christian values of love, respect and reconciliation that lie at the heart of the Christian faith, and to build bridges with our neighbours.

It is an invitation to everyone, whatever their faith or worldview, to join together and make a commitment to change attitudes and build relationships in the community based on respect and understanding.

Religious extremism is not an easy fix. In many cultures, the issues that give rise to such extremism go right to the heart of social and personal identity.

The Awareness Foundation which is organising this day says ‘The tenth anniversary of 9/11 will focus the attention of the world on the consequences of religious extremism. This kind of extremism is not limited to any one religious faith and is equally abhorrent whenever it causes true faith to be misrepresented and misunderstood. Incitement to religious hatred, which lies behind religious extremism, must have no voice or sanction anywhere in the world. We are working to make this sad anniversary an opportunity for people of every faith and none to unite in a global movement for peace, understanding and love.’

We live today in a diverse world where globalisation has brought people of every religion to be our neighbours and colleagues; if you are interested in your neighbours, your community, your colleagues and your school/college/work place, then you have an interest in being more aware about Islam and Judaism.

Differences do not in themselves create wars – it is ignorance leading to fear and eventually to hostility that prevents peace. Through education and awareness, we can learn to respect each other. This change in perspective leaves no room for hatred or extremism, and if this change can be passed from person to person, from faith to faith and from continent to continent then there will be no place left in this world for religious violence.

For further information either visit the Chaplaincy at Student Services or look at www.awarenessunday.com.

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