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Unity Made Visible Affirms “CommUnity” on 10th Anniversary of September 11th

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Kathy Storfer Leads Peace Chant

Unity Made Visible, a 7-year-old Bedford Hills organization that is a Cooperation Circle of the worldwide United Religions Initiative, hosted “CommUnity,” an interfaith event at Fox Lane High School in Bedford Hills on the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11th.

Unity Made Visible was formed by the common goals of various local faith communities to bridge the gap of misunderstanding that separates us from each other through sharing about each other's faiths and cultures, especially through music.

“For too long, we have witnessed 9/11 being used as a rallying cry for those who preach divisiveness and intolerance. On the upcoming 10th anniversary of this tragedy, we at Unity Made Visible want to take this day back and turn it into an opportunity for unity, compassion, education, and understanding,” says Paul Storfer, Coordinator of UMV.

The program included uplifting musical selections by a CommUnity choir comprised of members of various local congregations. The group sang "We're a Family of God," under the direction of Antioch Baptist Church choir leader Earlena Thevenin; Randall Thompson's beautiful "Allelulia" and "Canto de Esperanza," directed by Eileen Laurence of the First Presbyterian Church of Katonah, and "Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu" (in Hebrew and Arabic) and "Hineh Ma Tov," conducted by Kathy Storfer of Jewish Family Congregation, with composer Cantor Eric Contzius singing the tenor solo.

Leaders of the local community shared their reflections on the day, along with religious leaders from many faiths, including Native American, Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Unitarian. The Upper Westchester Muslim Society offered a presentation by their youth members, and its chairman, Mr. Eric Maloney, shared a personal memory of September 11th.

The event concluded with a World Peace Prayer Ceremony led by Rev. Deborah Moldow, with members of the choir and the audience raising the flags of the 193 countries of the world with the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” More than 300 people joined in the refrain together amid the waving flags in a heartfelt expression of the unity of the human family.


 

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Moldow, D. (2011). Unity Made Visible Affirms “CommUnity” on 10th Anniversary of September 11th. Retrieved from http://www.trunity.net/unitymadevisible/view/news/51cbf2177896bb431f6a7c95

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