Bahai News - Memorial transcends religious differences
Memorial transcends religious differences
By Peggy Lowe, News Staff Writer
In the morning, she attended a Catholic mass with her husband and three
children. Sunday afternoon, she went solo to an interfaith memorial service
for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Myers, of Greenwood Village, said there are many ways to be with God, not
just "one true path."
"I think it's important to stand with people of all nations and all faiths
during this calamity," Myers said. "The solution to our problems will come
by us standing together."
Myers was one of about 75 people who gathered in the Civic Center's Greek
Amphitheater Sunday afternoon at the same time New Yorkers prayed together
in Yankee Stadium.
Clergy from Islamic, Jewish, Hindu, Bahai, Buddhist and Christian faiths
spoke at the service, organized by the Colorado Council of Churches. Denver
Mayor Wellington Webb reminded the crowd that the many victims of the attack,
no matter their faith or income level, all had red blood.
Rabbi Bernard Gerson, president of the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council,
said people now identify with Job, the Biblical figure who suffered many
hardships and wondered why God would punish a good man.
"Just because we are good does not mean we are protected from bad," Gerson
Archibishop Charles Chaput also talked about how to stay hopeful at such a
tragic time. Seeing the victims and survivors reminded him of the Columbine
High School tragedy.
"It's easy to preach about hope," Chaput said. "It's another thing to watch
parents bury their children."
Imam Ibrahim Kazerooni of the Islamic Center of Ahi-Al-Beit said the
terrorists should not rejoice in what they did because, "For them awaits a
He prayed that God would shower the victims with love. "No amount of sympathy
and condolence can compensate for their loss," he said.
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