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Interfaith gathering set for Sept. 11 at John Bapst

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — An interfaith Gathering of Remembrance and Hope will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the John Bapst Memorial High School auditorium, 100 Broadway.

“People of faith have an important opportunity on this 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, to not only look back in remembrance, but to look around us in service, to look ahead in hope,” the Rev. Stephanie Salinas of First Baptist Church in Bangor said.

Representatives from 17 Christian, Jewish and Muslim houses of worship will participate and provide an opportunity to reflect on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In addition, the memorial service will allow individuals to express the hope that people of faith can share even in the face of such tragedies.

“It was simply a remembrance that first brought us together,” Rabbi Darah Lerner of Congregation Beth-El in Bangor said in a press release announcing the event, “but it is the hope we can spread, the music we will share and the righteous acts we do that make this program unique and powerful.”

African-American Jewish gospel singer Joshua Nelson, who performed at the American Folk Festival in 2009, will perform at the service.

“In the years following the 9-11 attacks, it seemed that many focused on issues that divided people of faith,” Capt. Tim Clark of the Bangor Salvation Army said in the press release. “This is an opportunity to show the reality that hope has drawn us together.”

The Christian Civic League of Maine also is scheduled to take part in the event.

People attending are asked to bring items for the Hope House emergency shelter such as cold cereal, instant hot cereal and personal and toiletry items.

The following houses of worship also are scheduled to participate:

All Souls Congregational Church, Bangor; Cardville Baptist Church;

Congregation Beth-Israel, Bangor; Essex Street Baptist Church, Bangor;

First Congregational Church of Brewer; Grace United Methodist Church, Bangor; Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church; Islamic Center of Maine, Orono; North Brewer-Eddington United Methodist and First United Methodist churches, Brewer; Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bangor; St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Bangor; St. John’s Episcopal Church, Bangor; and St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Parish, Bangor, Brewer, Hampden and Winterport.

For information, call Salinas at 945-9694.

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