Interfaith Gathering on Brooklyn Heights Promenade Marks Tenth Anniversary of September 11 Attacks

At 12:30 yesterday afternoon there was a gathering on the Promenade to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Cnter, the Pentagon, and the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania. Above, The Rev. Al Bunis, of Plymouth Church, reads a portion of the Beatitudes, from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 5, verses 1-9. More videos and text after the jump.

Dr. Ahmad Jaber, President of the Dawood Mosque, located on State Street in Brooklyn Heights, reads from an English translation of the Qu’ran, Chapter 6, verses 151-153.

Rabbi Samuel Weintrob, of the Kane Street Synagogue, Cobble Hill, chants in Hebrew a passage from the Book of Lamentations.

Other speakers at the gathering were: Rev. Julie Slok of the Danish Seaman’s Church, who read a Biblical passage in Danish; Deborah Hallen of Congregation Mount Sinai; Fr. James Root of Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral; Imam Abdallah Allam of Dawood Mosque, who chanted in Arabic the Qu’ran passage read in translation by Dr. Jaber; Rev. Dr. John McGinty of Grace Episcopal Church; Rev. Jude Geiger of the First Unitarian Congregational Society; Brother Thomas Grady of St. Francis College; Rabbi Serge Lippe of Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, who acted as master of ceremonies; Fr. Ed Doran of St. Charles Borromeo Church; Syd Farley and Frank Kain of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church; and Rev. Flora Wilson Bridges of the First Presbyterian Church.

At the conclusion of the spoken passages, the people were invited to join in singing “America the Beautiful.”

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  • Monty

    No Secular Humanists or Ethical Culturists or Pastafarians?

  • Topham Beauclerk

    Or Buddhists or Hindoos or Zoroastrians or Animists or the Alawites or the Shintoists or the Jainists or the Sikhs or the Druze or the Druids or the Baha’is etc etc. Why is it “interfaith” if only the Abrahamist religions are represented? There are thousands of religions in the world. Why don’t they get a look in?

  • nabeguy

    There may be thousands of religions in the world, but it looks like this gathering pretty much covered the faiths in the Heights

  • Topham Beauclerk

    Not mine, bub.

  • Claude Scales

    One of the speakers–I believe it was Rabbi Lippe–noted that, while only the Abrahamic faiths were represented among the speakers, the gathering was intended to be inclusive of all faiths, as well as to those who adhere to no specific religious faith.

  • Topham Beauclerk

    Who intended it to be inclusive? And in what way did this spirit of inclusiveness manifest itself? Claude, Lippe’s words are just air. I doubt he would have spoken such sweet sentiments if a rabbi hadn’t been invited.

    In view of the role religion played on the original 9/11, religion should have withdrawn itself from the various commemorations. I think we’ve heard quite enough from that quarter.

  • Jo

    You got my vote for troll of the day, Top B.

  • carlotta

    Neighbors and visitors listened to words that SOME of the religious leaders in the Brooklyn Heights/Cobble HIll area spoke. Those words may have helped those people feel they were participating in a national day of remembrance. What’s there to argue about?

  • Topham Beauclerk

    Carlotta, what has religion to do with remembering a terrorist outrage except to recall that religious fanatics were responsible for it?

  • Heightser

    Because many people find solace in faith. I believe those that attended that service did so seeking solace from the religious leaders that were present.

    Interfaith means of, relating to, or between different religions or members of different religions. It doesn’t mean all religions. Rabbi Lippe’s intentions were pure.

  • Arch Stanton

    Topham is right, people need to look at the big picture.

  • AEB

    And what is “the big picture”? How about, our common and very mortal humanity?

    But somehow, Arch, I don’t think you have that in mind.

  • Arch Stanton

    Dear AEB, If I have to explain it to you you probably won’t be able to understand it. But if you want to give it a go; Think about the reason behind why we were attacked. Try not to conclude with platitudes. See what you come up with and get back to me.