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September 11

The images of burning and collapsing buildings now forever etched on our souls have left our nation thick-tongued and tired. In times of such horrific violence and unspeakable sadness, Jesus’ teachings must be our guiding rule. […] Read More

Colin Kaepernick has inspired a lot of people to stand up for the American flag. All he did was remain seated during the national anthem of a preseason football game. He explained his rationale. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and […] Read More

The Apostle Paul penned these words to the church in Corinth: “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways” (1 Corinthians 13:11). For some reason, this verse has come to mind […] Read More

Baptist and Muslim leaders believe interfaith engagement offers hope for a better future, even as negative rhetoric heightens tension for U.S. Muslims as the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches. “As an academician who wrote his Ph.D. thesis on the effects of 9/11 on a Muslim community, as an imam who serves a congregation of […] Read More

I flew to North Carolina a few days ago to participate in a pastor peer group meeting. I arrived early at the airport, checked in and then began the security screening process. The Transportation Security Administration officer instructed us to place all personal items on the conveyor belt, to place laptops in a bin by […] Read More

Catastrophic losses bring profound changes to communities. From the family to the national level, these changes tend to become markers in the flow of history between the pre- and the post- of whatever the event was. Whether it was the death of a child a year ago, a civil war a century and a half […] Read More

Muslim leaders are apprehensive about what might happen to their communities on the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11, especially if one of their major religious observances – Eid al-Adha – falls on Sept. 11, a Sunday. The holy day of Eid al-Adha comes 10 days after the full moon is seen at the start of […] Read More

A Memorial of Forgiveness

A sermon delivered by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, Farmville Baptist Church, Farmville, Va., on September 11, 2011. Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 18:21-35  Today marks the ten-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., which claimed nearly three thousand lives and shook our nation to the core.  All over our country today, […] Read More

(RNS) Interfaith worship services have doubled in the decade since the 9/11 attacks, according to a new study released Wednesday (Sept. 7), even as more than seven in 10 U.S. congregations do not associate with other faiths. The survey by an interfaith group of researchers found that about 14 percent of U.S. congregations surveyed in […] Read More

The 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, falls this year on Sunday. The confluence of a national observance and a day of worship affords churches an opportunity to frame the issue from a faith perspective in a culture that will be saturated with conflicting messages, profiting initiatives, political opportunism and xenophobic […] Read More