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One Light: One Peace, One World

Come reflect and renew
Saturday, September 10, 2011 7:15
Los Angeles City Hall
ALL are welcome!

     The Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders, welcomed by the Los Angeles City Council and Council President Eric Garcetti, will host “One Light,” a Sept. 10, 2011 civic and interfaith gathering set to envision global understanding while honoring the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.                              

     Diverse expressions of music, prayer and reflection are planned for the one-hour outdoor event at City Hall’s Spring Street steps. Gathering music is scheduled to begin at 7:15pm, and the event will culminate with the lighting of lanterns to be taken back to houses of worship across Los Angeles and Southern California.

     “The One Light gathering will demonstrate our commitment to one another and to creating a peaceful shared future,” said Bishop J. Jon Bruno of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, who has proposed the observance. “Together we will welcome all faith groups, and persons of no faith, by extending the hospitality of the Abrahamic tradition shared as Jews, Muslims and Christians serving on the Religious Leaders Council.”

     “Bringing people together in service of unity and peace truly honors those who perished on September 11, 2011,” said City Council President Garcetti. “I commend the Council of Religious Leaders for bringing together Angelenos of all faiths and creeds not only to remember that tragic September day, but also to envision and celebrate a brighter future.”

     “In keeping with the prophetic teaching to be a light for all nations, the One Light gathering joins together all faiths, all traditions and all people, in our common search for shalom, for peace and wholeness.” said Jonathan Freund, director of education and interreligious programs for the Board of Rabbis of Southern California. “Wherever there is darkness, let us bring light.”

     Islamic Shura Council of Southern California executive director Shakeel Syed, member of the Council of Religious Leaders, said: “Just as the Light of our common Creator brightens the lives of all, unconditionally, I look forward to the One Light gathering as a source of comfort and healing for all people in Los Angeles and beyond.”

     “Our unity in prayer and fellowship as religious leaders is the most inspiring and enriching statement of peace for the people of God,” said Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church, and current president of the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders. “The 10th anniversary of 9/11 organized by the Council of Religious Leaders and the Los Angeles aims to serve the noble mission of spreading the message of peace and God’s love to all.”

     “Many events in the last 10 years have kept us conscious of the events of 9/11, and as a people it’s very important for us to commemorate the 10th anniversary,” said Roman Catholic Bishop Edward M. Clark of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral District, who is a member of the Council of Religious Leaders.  

     United Methodist Bishop Mary Ann Swenson of the Los Angeles Area, also a Religious Leaders Council member, noted that “Over the last decade we have tried to speak with one voice as advocates of peace in the world. Still violence has erupted with ever-increasing force. The time is right for us once again to offer prayer for One Light, one peace, one world.”

     Union for Reform Judaism West District Rabbi Alan Henkin, a Religious Leaders Council member said: “Sept. 11 was a milestone in American history, and a tragic one at that. It’s important that as Americans we unite in remembering this terrible event and lifting up our voices to God in memory of those who perished.”

     Bishop Dean Nelson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Southwest California Synod, a Religious Leaders Council member, said: “The tenth anniversary of 9/11 is a time for us to remember the loss of life of people of many faiths, and to recommit ourselves as a religious and civic community to our common commitments to peace and justice.”

     The One Light event will unfold around a central flame to be ignited simultaneously by the various religious leaders. Candlelight will then be extended to lanterns specially prepared for display in all houses of worship in Los Angeles.

     The etched commemorative lanterns for the houses of worship will be presented as the gift of Hands in Healing, Bishop Bruno’s humanitarian and teaching initiative focusing on nonviolence.

     The Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders includes members from:

the African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles,
the American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles,
the Armenian Church Western Diocese,
the Board of Rabbis of Southern California,
the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Pacific Southwest Region,
the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles,
the Church of the Brethren Pacific Southwest Division,
the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles,
the Evangelical Covenant Churches,
the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Southwest Synod,
the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sophia
the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California,
the Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference,
the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles,
the Union for Reform Judaism Pacific Southwest Division,
the United Church of Christ Southern California Nevada Conference,
and the United Methodist Church Los Angeles Area.    

     News and coverage arrangements for the One Light event will be coordinated by Interfaith Media, a new Los Angeles-based collaborative initiative serving common cause among faith groups. The Council of Religious Leaders is also assembling a media working group to be convened through the Community Relations Office of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

     Further details will be updated as they become available.


2 Responses to “One Light: One Peace, One World”
  1. The Fellowship of 25 Assembly of God Churches in Los angeles area applaud the joint effort of religious and civic leaders in honoring the memory of 9/11 victims and families. May God grant us peace.
    Rev. Dr. George M. Pallil ph 626 441 4895.

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