BY JESSICA JENKINS
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. We all realized today that each one of our individual narratives contains a common thread: the difficulty in deciding how to compress all of our feelings for 9/11 onto a single ribbon. However, we discovered that all of our ribbons together formed a powerful thread that represents each and every one of us- each and every one of our stories. "
Thanks Neama! You can still submit a message online to be added to the display of ribbons. There will be a dedication of the ribbons on Monday morning in Battery Park.
And here are some photos of the Fresno State ribbon event.
Last weekend, participants of the Interfaith Weekend of Prayer and Compassion met in their churches and communities to preach, pray, converse, light candles and write letters to the children at our borders.
After witnessing the destruction of rainforests in his South American home, the Pope is calling our failure to protect the Earth a “sin of modern times.”
Thousands of people of faith have signed the Groundswell petition calling on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development to stop bullying the workers rights group VOZ over LGBT equality, and the media coverage keeps on coming, but the hard truth is that VOZ took the right moral stand — and lost a big grant.
This morning, President Obama issued a long-awaited executive order ending discrimination against LGBT people in hiring by federal contractors — without the so-called religious exemption loophole that some conservative religious leaders had called for.
Right now, our response as people of faith to the humanitarian crisis of migrant children at our border will not only decide what policies our leaders pursue, but also what values the soul of our country will reflect.
Lucky for all of us, Auburn Seminary and the Center for Progressive Renewal will be in the same place at the same time this summer – the National Church Leadership Institute, August 7th-10th in Atlanta.