A Call to Reconciliation

September 10, 2010 @ 03:37 pm by Jacqui Lewis

Friends, a call to reconciliation is a high calling, but one not too out of reach for us. I believe, despite some evidence to the contrary, in the resilience of the human spirit to find goodness in the “other” and also to find it in oneself. This is my hope, and the reason I believe that we will overcome the walls that divide us and create a more perfect union. See this call from the clergy of the Collegiate Churches. Pray for peace and wisdom; learn about the things that confound you; believe we are more alike than different.


This weekend will be a poignant time for the people of the United States, and especially for those who live and work in New York City. We want to make you aware of four positive and peace-seeking events which will take place this weekend.

All of these events express support for our Muslim brothers and sisters in this difficult time, and support the vision of the Park51 project in lower Manhattan.

Candlelight Vigil
Friday, Sept 10th at 7:15 PM
Church Street and Park Place
Please bring candles and American flags, but no signs.

Sponsored by New York Neighbors for American Values – a coalition of more than 100 community groups (inclusing Intersections International, Inc.) in support of the American Constitutional values of religious freedom, diversity and equality, and the rights of Muslim Americans to build a community center in Lower Manhattan.

Interfaith Worship Celebration and Panel Discussion on Interfaith Reconciliation
Sunday, Sept 12th at 11:15 AM
Middle Collegiate Church

Join Middle Collegiate Church for their annual Interfaith Celebration (Eid ul-Fitr and Rosh Hoshana). Jacqui Lewis will preach, and she’ll be joined by special guests Rabbi Burt Siegel (the Shul of New York) and Fred Johnson (Intersections International, Inc.).

Stay after worship for a Conversation on Interfaith Reconciltion, a panel discussion with Fred Johnson, Jacqui Lewis, Tricia Sheffield, Burt Siegel, and Chad Tanaka Pack; moderated by Bob Chase.

Liberty Walk
Sunday, Sept 12th at 3 PM

An interfaith “Liberty Walk” supporting Religious Freedom in the USA, that will gather for an initial program at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 12 at St. Peter’s Church, 22 Barclay Street in lower Manhattan.

Again, people have been asked not bring any signs. Rather, they ask that you bring American flags to show support for religious freedom in America.

If you would like to travel with Middle Church, please meet us in the church social hall by 2:30 PM on Sunday afternoon.

Screening & Discussion
“On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly”

Sunday, Sept 12th at 6:30 PM

A special bridge-building dialogue and film screening at Park51 on Sunday September 12 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.. This event offers a constructive way for New Yorkers of diverse faiths and backgrounds to come together for an enriching educational experience and to learn about their Muslim neighbors, and to reflect on the bigger picture. A screening of the film, On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly offers a whimsical approach to the very serious issues that surround us.

Following the screening, discussion groups will consider a broad range of topics, including stereotyping, faith, and identity. Reserve space here. Presented by Unity Productions Foundation and Park51.

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Preparing ethical leaders for a just society. Posts by Jacqui Lewis, Senior Minister.

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