Wednesday, August 24, 2011

9/11 event in Milwaukee

Re: Bel Canto Chorus and Milw Chamber Orchestra Free concert commemorating
10th anniversary 9/11

Dear Friends:

Mark your calendars and come!

Religious leaders from the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee
will offer an invocation, read reflections and recite a Prayer for the
Future as participants in a free Bel Canto Chorus and
Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra concert that commemorates the 10th anniversary
of the 9/11 attacks and honors first responders.

This "United We Stand" outdoor event features a performance of Mozart's
moving Requiem and begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, in Cathedral Square
Park on the city's east side. A live broadcast by Milwaukee Public
Television will be carried statewide. Prelude entertainment starts at 2:15
p.m., so bring a lawn chair or blanket and come early. (If significant rain
is forecast, the event will move into the nearby Cathedral of St. John the
Evangelist, 812 N. Jackson St.)

Prayer Flags

Starting at 2 p.m., Interfaith's Peace & International Issues Committee
will provide 1,000 prayer flags for people to write expressions of peace,
hope, healing and understanding for the victims and their families, the
first responders, members of our armed forces and their families, our
nation, and the countries of the world. Flags will be displayed on lines in
the park and be visible on the television broadcast.

A letter of remembrance and hope by the Interfaith Conference Cabinet
will be printed in the program. We expect to have leaders and
representatives from many faiths and denominations join in the entrance
procession, stand on risers below the front of the stage as a sign of unity
and jointly recite the Prayer for the Future.

Interfaith Speakers

Representatives of several faiths and denominations will be among the
speakers on stage:

Rabbi David B. Cohen of Congregation Sinai will give the invocation.

Reciting brief reflections from their faith traditions will be:
> The Rev. Jamie Washam of Underwood Memorial Baptist
Church,vice-chair of the Interfaith Conference;
> Ahmed Quereshi, president of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee;
> Hoko Karnegis of the Milwaukee Zen Center;
> Swarnjit S. Arora of the Sikh Religious Society of Wisconsin;
> The Rev. Suzelle Lynch of Unitarian Universalist Church West and
Southeast Wisconsin Unitarian Universalist Congregations;
> Frank Berentsen of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Milwaukee Meeting;
> Emily Joy Sielen of the Milwaukee Baha'i Community; and
> Urmila Bharadwaj of the Hindu Temple of Wisconsin.

Prayer for the Future
The Very Rev. Jeff Haines, rector and pastor of the Cathedral of St.
John the Evangelist, will lead religious leaders in a recitation of a Prayer
for the Future immediately before the start of Requiem.

For more details, go to or contact the Interfaith
Conference at (414) 276-9050.

About the broadcast, see:


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