On November 20th WABC Radio featured an interview with Rev. Robert Chase talking about Ribbons of Hope. You can listen to it here. (The radio program is about 100 minutes long. If you'd like to just listen to the Ribbons of Hope portion, scrub down to 88 minutes in.)
I’d been in New York before on past 9/11 anniversaries. As an outsider from the West Coast, I never knew what to expect. I thought there would be lots of Old Glories and trombone players. I thought I’d see people crying in the streets. About five weeks before the tenth anniversary, we at Filmworks were asked to produce Prepare NY's(an interfaith coalition seeking to change the conversation around 9/11) “Ribbons of Hope” project (a community art-instillation where the public could hang thousands of ribbons with messages of hope in Battery Park, New York). Read the blog here
With the passing of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, another 10th year commemoration is upon us: the war in Afghanistan. It is a somber reminder that the United States has been caught in a cycle of retribution that is likely to extend long into the coming decade. At the local level in New York City, this cycle of blame and vengeance has emerged in the form of controversies over the building of new mosques, the vilification of Muslims and law enforcement's ongoing surveillance of Muslim communities.
How do we know when we have arrived in the interfaith movement? When religious pluralism is normative? When religious differences don’t cause conflict or even concern? Things have been changing rapidly in the expanding field of interfaith relations. Therefore, it may be worth measuring our progress by some milestones of our achievement rather than by an elusive final destination. I want to suggest six different markers of hope which I see, and I want to invite you to share your own markers of hope and stories of success.
During the tenth anniversary weekend of September 11, I had the privilege of spending a lot of time in Battery Park, not far from where, a decade earlier, the horrific scene was unfolding as towers collapsed, clouds of toxic dust filled the streets, uncertainty reigned, people died.
Hi Everyone, Wanted to to blog about a really moving event I did this weekend in commemorating the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. It was called the Ribbons of Hope - a public art project designed to help residents memorialize and inspire a more communal community. Located next to the World Trade Center in Battery Park, the Ribbons of Hope Project allowed people from all walks of life to write their hopes and wishes for New York and the world.
A traditional Japanese floating lantern ceremony took place on Sunday, September 11 in New York City to commemorate the victims of the World Trade Center and the Japanese tsunami. The event opened with interfaith prayers and musical tributes as attendees wrote special messages and prayers for loved ones on the lantern sleeves. These lanterns were then released into the Hudson River. The event was sponsored by many New York interfaith and civic organizations.
There was a lot to see downtown today, but I didn’t even think much of the fateful day ten years ago. There were too many photographers, as per usual, and lots of tourists who I doubt had any real attachment to the anniversary or memorial. What I did enjoy was the World Trade Center Memorial Floating Lantern Ceremony, put on by the Interfaith Center of NY. It was a simple, beautiful ceremony, with a lot of respect for brothers and sisters of various faiths.
A floating lantern ceremony was held Sunday on the Hudson River off Pier 40 at Houston Street. Messages of hope, peace and remembrance were written on the lanterns, which were then set afloat on the river with the help of kayakers.
Floating lanterns in memory of loved ones is a Japanese tradition. The tribute to the victims of September 11th was a multicultural event organized by the interfaith umbrella group "Prepare NY."
More than 20,000 ribbons worldwide were dedicated Monday morning in Battery Park to honor those who died on Sept. 11 and recognize the grief that New York City and the nation have since endured.
Today marks the 10-year anniversary of September 11, 2001. We wanted to highlight 2 amazing Ning communities that have sprouted as a result of that fateful day. In May, we first mentioned Prepare New York, a community initiative bringing together 6 different interfaith organizations. We recently spoke with the Ning Creator, Kierra Parlagreco, about what plans they had for this anniversary and how their community has brought all walks of life together through conversations and an open dialog.
For the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Prepare New York, a coalition of different NGOs based throughout the city, executed a project called Ribbons of Hope. The project called on passersby in the Garden of Remembrance in Battery Park on the southern tip of Manhattan (a 15 minute walk away from Ground Zero) to write a prayer and messages of hope on a piece of ribbon and tie it to a mesh panel. After volunteers set-up the panels at 8am on September 9th, the panels quickly filled with a potpourri of sizes, colors and types of ribbon that waved excitedly in the breeze which drifted through the park from the Upper Bay.
Hundreds of people were on hand in Battery Park to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
The participants were there for “Ribbons of Hope” and tied ribbons inscribed with messages of hope and healing for New York City and the Nation.
Thousands of ribbons with messages of remembrance, hope and love fill Battery Park in lower Manhattan. Many ribbons came from North Carolina and more are on the way.
Thousands of ribbons are on display in Battery Park, each with a message to commemorate 9/11. They’re called "Ribbons of Hope," and the tapestry adorns panels alongside the Gardens of Remembrance. The handwritten messages of hope and healing are part of an art project by the interfaith coalition Prepare New York.
Today is the start of the 9/11 Ribbons of Hope display in Battery Park, New York City. We've been collecting ribbons from all over the country this summer with messages of hope, renewal, and healing. Neama Alamri of the Fresno State University (CA) Muslim Students Association writes: "I just wanted to thank ... you for your assistance and inspiration. Today's ribbon signing event at Fresno State was such an amazing experience. Not only did my fellow club members of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) resonate with Groundswell's message, but every individual that stopped to create a ribbon was so appreciative of the movement.
ALBANY, NY (WAMC) - Rev. Chloe Breyer serves as Director of the Interfaith Center of New York, bridging not only disparate faith communities in the US and the world, but also a wide range of immigrant communities and civic leaders. Annie Rawlings is the Prepare NY Education Director for the Interfaith Center of New York. They join Joe in speaking with WAMC listeners about interfaith aspects of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
With the 10th anniversary of September 11th just days away, the Interfaith Center in Morningside Heights is aglow with activity. Volunteers are making lanterns of love to be used as part of an interfaith memorial ceremony remembering those killed on 9/11.
A surprising amount of press leading up to the tenth anniversary commemorations of September 11th has been negative. Among the starker headlines, the Religion News Service released an article suggesting that “Interfaith Understanding Remains Elusive 10 Years After 9/11.” To be sure, last summer’s unnecessary controversy over the Park51 Community Center in Lower Manhattan and its distance to the World Trade Center was not a shining moment of tolerance. It boded ill for tenth anniversary commemorations that the ninth anniversary seemed so bleak and filled with rhetoric.
Each Thursday morning we gather for worship at the Church Center for the United Nations. Different ministries take a turn leading the service. This morning brought the turn of the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations. We focused on the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001. We did so to allow participants to create prayer ribbons for the Ribbons of Hope Project and to model this project for use in other places and settings
Washington — For the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon, one faith-based coalition reminds Americans that the tragedy was shared by people from some 92 nations. Prepare New York is a coalition of six New York–based interfaith organizations: Auburn Seminary and its Center for Multifaith Education, Interfaith Center of New York, Intersections International, Odyssey Networks, Quest and Tanenbaum and its Religion and Diversity Education Program. Just one year old, the coalition was formed partly in response to headlines surrounding last summer’s proposed Muslim Community Center in lower Manhattan.
As the calendar pages turn inexorably toward Sept. 11, New York City is preparing for a flood of solemn remembrances prompted by the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack that claimed 3,000 lives and launched a decade of angst and uncertainty in the world’s most typically resilient nation.To douse the potential for the anniversary to ignite a new wave of anti-Muslim flame, groups like Prepare New York and churches in such far away corners as Norman, Okla., and Atlanta are planning special events to bring diverse people together, rather than letting solitary remembrances drive deeper stakes of isolation and anger.
"In the immediate aftermath of tragedy humans often show the best of themselves. Witness the dignity of Norwegians in mourning victims of mass murder on July 22. Hundreds of mourners attended the burial of 18-year old Bano Rashid who was born in Iraq's Kurdish area and grew up in Norway. Muslim and Christian clerics together committed her body to eternal rest..."
In the immediate aftermath of tragedy humans often show the best of themselves. Witness the dignity of Norwegians in mourning victims of mass murder on July 22. Hundreds of mourners attended the burial of 18-year old Bano Rashid who was born in Iraq's Kurdish area and grew up in Norway. Muslim and Christian clerics together committed her body to eternal rest. In "a powerful display of unity" people at the service vowed to honor her life by working toward integration of immigrants into Norwegian society – the antithesis of her murderer's intention.
After last summer's controversy over a proposed Islamic community center in Manhattan, New York faith leaders wanted to set a different tone moving forward--especially as the tenth anniversary of September 11th approaches. In anticipation of the upcoming anniversary, New York-based religious organizations have formed Prepare New York, an interfaith coalition aiming to promote civil dialogue, religious pluralism, and support for the American Muslim community.
This is a great video on the relationship between religion and governance in the US—and important message and reminder on this Independence Day.
No matter your belief or nationality, this is US History. My favorite parts are Presidents’ speech clips and when they talk about those who’ve run for President and had to defend their faith, even though it’s Constitution-guaranteed right.
For New York City interfaith leaders, last summer’s heated controversy regarding a proposed Islamic cultural center in Downtown Manhattan was disturbing.“What we saw last summer was not debate. That was a kind of polarizing atmosphere in which people were truly afraid to speak out and even to ask questions,” says the Reverend Chloe Bryer, the executive director of the Interfaith Center of New York. Now, with the 10th anniversary of September 11th fast approaching, the interfaith community is seeking to counter that atmosphere. They have launched Prepare New York, a new campaign promoting religious pluralism and diversity.
Several groups are trying to get a walk together for the anniversary of 9/11.
The city has yet to issue them permits to do it, but a number of interfaith and secular groups are trying to organize a walk toward Ground Zero on the 10th anniversary as a symbol of reversing what happened that dark day. “A walk of fear if you will on September 11, 2001 is being replaced by a walk of hope and healing,” said Reverend Bob Chase. Chase says the groups are promoting religious tolerance as a contrast to the sharp debates which erupted approaching last year’s 9th anniversary over the proposed mosque near Ground Zero.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, 5,000 walkers from across the city, Long Island and New Jersey are expected to walk to Ground Zero in a symbolic gesture to counter religious intolerance. Dubbed the "mega walk," it is being organized by six interfaith church groups and various community and educational organizations from across the metropolitan area.
Today, PrepareNY officially launched. We are an interfaith coalition dedicated to helping NY heal after 9/11. Below are two trailers we used for today's launch, and a copy of the press release.