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Awareness Sunday to mark 10th anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks

Awareness FoundationAwareness Foundation is "an educational, ecumenical and international charity, founded in 2003 in response to the disturbing increase in religious conflict and violence around the world". A project for " everyone, whatever their faith or worldview, to join us at this time and make a commitment to change attitudes and build relationships in your community based on respect and understanding".

The Church of England website says..
"An educational campaign for churches to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US, has been launched by the Awareness Foundation under the banner: Awareness Sunday: A Path to Peace.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, who is patron of the Awareness Foundation and who was in New York at the time of the attacks said: "Awareness Sunday is acknowledging through education, the urgent need to dispel ignorance and the urgent need to help each one of us to build a path for peace in our diverse, ever-changing world,"

The 10th anniversary falls on a Sunday and the Awareness Foundation is urging churches to mark the day with special services and prayers, as a day of remembrance and reconciliation.

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu said: "Around my neck I wear a cross bearing the words of Archbishop Oscar Romero. The words read: "Peace will flower when love and justice pervade our environment." I welcome Awareness Sunday as it seeks to reach out and build better relationships based on mutual respect and understanding.'

The campaign is also supported by The Most Revd Dr Desmond Tutu Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town: "This is a wonderful initiative. We need to make each other more aware of our God-given humanity. We need to celebrate our rainbow diversity. That is how God will help us to build a world of peace and justice. I support the initiative of Awareness Sunday."

The Revd Nadim Nassar, President of the campaign and curate at Holy Trinity, Sloane Square in London said it was important that the anniversary was used as a milestone in the continuing path for peace.  Listen to the Podcast with Nadim at http://www.churchofengland.org/media-centre/follow-us-online/podcasts.aspx

A special public service of remembrance and reconciliation for Awareness Sunday will take place at Westminster Abbey at 6.30pm on Sunday 11th September 2011. Other events and services will be held around the country.

There are also additional resources available for personal and church reflection:

11 September - For peace and reconciliation on this day

12 September - Campaign Against Arms Trade: Day of prayer

This year's Christian Network Day of Prayer will take place on the eve of DSEi, one of the world's largest arms fairs, and on a poignant date ten years from the attacks on the twin towers: Many will already be reflecting on the legacy of that day: two illegal wars, increased inter-community tension, and an increasingly militarised approach to security.

You can find out more here and download a resource pack here.

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