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A bishop, a rabbi and an imam walk into a cathedral

A bishop, a rabbi and an imam walk into a cathedral

Sifting through the coverage of yesterday’s 9/11 memorial services, we found this excellent video shot by NJ.com in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.


It was accompanied by this story, which begins:

An interfaith service led by a bishop, a rabbi and an imam was something “you couldn’t imagine” 10 years ago, according to the Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith.

Yet precisely such a service – not something the 9/11 terrorists would have wanted – happened this afternoon at Trinity & St. Philip’s Cathedral in Newark in honor of those who died that day.

Beckwith, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, joined with the other clergymen in proclaiming that the horrors of 9/11 provided new opportunities for unity and understanding.

“Out of that ordeal came a promise, an image of making all things new,” Beckwith said. “For me, one of the new things is a deepening appreciation of the wisdom of the three Abrahamic faiths.”

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Ann Fontaine

Thanks for this. Gives me hope.

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Bill Ghrist

Rodef Shalom Synagogue in Pittsburgh hosted "Memory and Hope: An Interfaith Remembrance of 9-11" yesterday. Participants included Jewish, Islamic and Christian leaders, including, among others, Bishop Kenneth Price of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh (as well as Bishop Lawrence Brandt of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg).

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