COFFEEHOUR CONVERSATIONS

Over 50,000 participants.

250 conversations, and counting (click here for the most current list):

  • 9 religious traditions
  • 52 houses of worship
  • 26 schools 2 libraries 20 political offices (City Council & Borough Presidents)
  • 34 community organizations/nonprofits
  • 8 parks/community gardens
  • 7 walks
  • 15 web-based programs

And You Can Continue the Conversation

Not long after September 11, 2001 a New York City campaign drew upon the strength shown by many New Yorkers who stepped up to help one another immediately following the attacks – and in the days, weeks, months, and years that followed. The City affirmed “We are all in this together.”

In 2011, ten years later, Prepare New York invited New Yorkers to reach out to their neighbors and say, “We are STILL in this together.” Prepare New York asked neighborhood partners to hold one or more “Coffee Hour Conversations” in which New Yorkers came together during a time of continued grief and healing: to hear and share reflection; and for education, discussion, and collaboration. The conversations promoted peace among the city’s residents by celebrating religious pluralism, and by building interpersonal connection. Events were organized by Prepare New York’s six founding organizations, by many of Prepare New York’s 100 organizational and congregational partners, and by allies across the City and around the country.

Participants moved beyond tolerance to relationship: some for the “event” moment, and some for longer-lasting collaboration. Hard stories were shared. Inaccuracies about specific communities were corrected. Solidarity was forged, including with the Muslim and Sikh communities who continue to suffer violence and harassment because of unfair and false assignments of blame in connection with 9/11.

Funding was provided by One NYC One Nation and the New York Council for the Humanities. Special advice and participation came from September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows and the 9/11 Community for Common Ground Initiative.

You can continue the conversation.


Study and talk: fact sheets, discussion questions, and discussion guides prepared for Prepare New York by the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding are available for download here.

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“Three Women, Three Faiths, Three Choices to Cover” panelists (l. to r.) Sr. Chala Marie Hill, Dr. Sarah Sayeed, Mrs. Bronya Shaffer.
"The Basics of Sikhism," St. Francis Xavier Church, (l. to r.): Luz Marina Diaz, Sonny Singh, Judith Dahill.
Presentation on Prepare New York and Interfaith Activism, The Facing History School, (l. to r.), Roslyn Claxton, Hesham El-Meligy, Annie Rawlings, Dr. Henry Goldschmidt.
Memorial Event, De Colores Community Garden, 9/10/11, (l. to r.) Ibrahim Gonzales, Sonny Singh, Marty Ehrlich.
Students from Rutgers University Arab Cultural Club, Peter Gudaitis, Gloria Williams, and Principal Aleeya Francis, at presentation given to St. Charles Brromeo School 6th, 7th and 8th Graders.
Interfaith Prayers at 9/11 Lantern Ceremony, Pier 40, (l. to r.) Michael Manswell, Imam Sheikh Bassirou Lo, Veda Jamoona, Rabbi Justus Baird.
Curtis Zunigha, elder and former chief of the Delaware (Lenape) Tribe of Indians, at the Interfaith Dedication of Ribbons of Hope, 9/12/12.