PEACE AND JUSTICE COMMITTEE
Eastern District Conference / Franconia Mennonite Conference


Worship Service Resources
Commemorating September 11, 2001


September 11th Public Events

  • There will be a Sunday evening prayer serivce (Sept. 11, 6:30 pm) at Salford Mennonite Church. Our desire is to provide space for renewing our commitment to God's vision of shalom. Through music, silence and spoken words we will ask God to help us be ministers of reconciliation and peace as we follow Jesus in the years ahead. The service will be led by Sandy Landes, Anne Yoder & Jason Hedrick at Salford Mennonite Church, 480 Groffs Mill Road, Harleysville, PA 19438. Phone: 215-256-0778. (Contact Peace & Justice Committee for further information.)
  • 9/11 Walks - Join or organize a community peace walk on September 11th. (There are walks in Philadelphia, Doylestown, and Eastern University.)
  • Lehigh Valley Community Interfaith Gathering (Sept. 11, 3:30 pm) "COME TOGETHER IN HOPE" at Jewish Community Center, 22nd and Tilghman Streets., Allentown, PA.
Lancaster Events: (Sunday, September 11)
  • Tolling of Steeple Bells: Lancaster City churches will toll their steeple bells from between 12:25 to 12:30 indicating that the Downtown Churches are gathering to honor the date.
  • Downtown Ministerium Prayer Vigil (12:30-1:15 pm) at Binns Park
    Members of City congregations will walk to Binns Park where a 45 minute vigil will take place, including scripture, prayers and music. The prayers will be led by Rabbi Paskoff, Imam el Sedaey from the Islamic Center, and a Christian pastor. Rain location is MillersvilleUniversity Downtown, 42 N. Prince Street.
  • Fear is Not the Answer - 9/11 Revisited (4:30 pm)
    Parents of Fallen Americans to speak at 9/11 Remembrance at Binns Park (100 block of N. Queen Street in downtown Lancaster) to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. This solemn remembrance will affirm traditional American values of accountability, the rule of law, the protection of civil liberties and the pursuit of peace. It is sponsored by Every Church a Peace Church , 1040 for Peace and the Lancaster Coalition for Peace and Justice. Celeste Zappala, mother of the first PA National Guard soldier killed in Iraq, and Michael Berg, father of a contractor also killed there, will speak. Musicians David Armstrong, Frances Miller, Jessica Smucker and Daryl Snider will perform.
    As available seating is limited, the public is asked to bring lawn chairs.
Harrisburg Events: (Sunday, September 11)
  • Interfaith Remembrance of 9/11/2011 (2:00-4:00 pm)
    at St. Stephen's Episcopal Cathedral, 221 N. Front St., Harrisburg
    2:00 pm: Ceremony with Presentation by Imam Yahya Hendi, Islamic Chaplain of Georgetown University and Founder of Clergy Beyond Boundaries
    3:00 pm: Interfaith Panel Discussion:
    - Dealing with Extremists Within Your Own Faith
    - Building Our Future Together
    Sponsored by Interfaith Alliance of Pennsylvania and St. Stephen's Episcopal Cathedral
Blood Collection: (Sunday, Sept. 11) Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg
  • The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of USA plans to collect and donate a gift of 10,000 units of blood nationwide on 9/11 under the name of "Muslims for Life." We are organizing this at our local mosques, community centers and in the centers of other organizations across USA, in several Pennsylvania locations in collaboration with regional Blood Banks and Red Cross.
    This is a humanitarian effort and in-memory of all those who perished on September 11, 2001, therefore, it is not just for Muslims, but for all those who believe in humanity. Everyone who attempts to donate blood will receive a T-Shirt and refreshments will be served.
    For specific locations and details, see www.MuslimsForLife.org (Then click on "Find a Location")


For further information, please contact us.