(ATLANTA, GA, 9/10/2021) – On Saturday, September 11, 2021, the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) will participate in an interfaith service to mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. The event is organized by representatives from various faith traditions from across metro Atlanta.
WHAT: An interfaith service marking the 20th anniversary of 9/11
WHEN: September 11, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Ebster Pavilion, 105 Electric Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
In a statement, Murtaza Khwaja, CAIR-Georgia Executive Director said:
“The September 11, 2001, terror attacks were a pivotal moment in global history. The horrors of 9/11 did not end in New York but reverberate to this day: from American foreign intervention in Afghanistan, Iraq and across the Muslim world to the rise in hate incidents we have seen against Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim here in the United States.
“We stand with our interfaith partners on this 20th anniversary in solidarity with those victims and the survivors. We also mourn the loss of lives in New York, in Kabul, in Baghdad, and across the world from 9/11 and the policies that emanated from it.”
The service, titled “Turning Toward Each Other”, will showcase Atlanta’s different faith expressions with a call to justice, respect, and unity. Muslims, Christians, Jews, Baha’is, and Sikhs are among the faith traditions reflected in the service. The prayers will recognize the losses suffered around the world in the wake of 9/11 and express hope for peace.
Rev. Dr. James L. Brewer-Calvert, Senior Pastor at First Christian Church said of his congregation:
“Inspired and informed by God’s love, mercy, and justice, we are purposefully involved in healing and helping our community and our world. We covenant with God and the greater community to nurture a spirit of love and service to neighbors, honor one another’s differences, and fellowship in the breaking of bread.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.