- "A prayer of remembrance and healing"
by Sharon E. Watkins
- Free download from Chalice Press: Strike Terror No More: Theology, Ethics and the New War
- Resources from the United Church of Christ:
- Shoulder to Shoulder: an interfaith organization dedicated to ending anti-Muslim sentiment by strengthening the voice of freedom and peace.
National Council of Churches
If your congregation is looking for resources to commemorate the 10th year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States, a variety of materials are available. The National Council of Churches has compiled resources that offer ways for spiritual reflection for those touched by the events. Litanies, hymns, worship ideas and movies are included: www.ncccusa.org/news/110725nineelevenresources.html
Resources by Disciples Pastors and Congregations
Ron Allen, a Disciples pastor and professor of Teaching and New Testament at Christian Theological Seminary, has compiled an annotated list of books that address preaching and ministering to others specifically in a time of crisis. Among the titles are Crisis Preaching: Personal and Public, and In Times of Crisis and Sorrow: A Minister’s Resource Guide. His information is included in a recent blog post from the Congregational Resource Guide (CRG), a project of the Alban Institute: congregationalresources.org/blogs/september-11-decade-aspirins-and-more
On the congregational level, Disciples pastor Paul Koch of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Washington, Mo., will have a Sept. 11 Sunday worship service that is truly "service worship." The congregation will gather an hour early for opening liturgy, then head to schools, low-income homes, parks and other work sites to assist in community work:
As noted in a previous DNS, University Christian Church in Ft. Worth, Texas has organized, "9-11-11 Hands of Hope" – A weekend to honor the past, and to celebrate what is coming. Activities include a 12-hour prayer vigil with multi-sensory stations and resources. Morning worship services that day will incorporate a litany or prayer and a children’s sermon. A special evening worship will culminate with a concert: www.universitychristianchurch.org
Geist Christian Church in Indianapolis, Ind., will host two days of service in the Indianapolis area on Sept. 10 and 11. "Days of Hope" asks members of the community to begin each day with "a time of devotion and prayer, then travel to your work site, roll up your sleeves and get to work." Geist is working with six partner agencies throughout Indianapolis. More information can be found on their web site: www.geistchristian.org/announcements/days-of-hope