Free Speech and Religion

Faith-inspired and Community Resources for Commemorating September 11th

September 7, 2021  • Religion & Society Program

  • Wednesday, September 8 | 9/11 Town Hall: We Commemorate, We Commit, 11 am CDT/ 12 pm EDT
    Interfaith Youth Core will host a conversation on Wednesday, September 8th with a panel of civic leaders who have committed to fostering a sense of belonging and healing in America to create a society where all can thrive.
  • Thursday, September 9 | MultiFaith Solidarity: 20 Years Since 9/11, 1 pm EDT
    In conversation with Shoulder to Shoulder, Imam Khalid Latif will share stories and insights from his ongoing work which seeks “to carve out a much-needed space for young American Muslims to celebrate their unique identity and have their voices heard in the larger public sphere.” Imam Latif currently serves as University Chaplain for New York University and Executive Director of the Islamic Center at NYU.
  • Thursday, September 9 | Roads Not Taken: Reflections on the 9/11 Anniversary, 7 pm EDT
    Join the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University to reflect on the work of human rights organizations in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
  • Tuesday, September 14 | 20 Years After 9/11: Lessons in Solidarity, 3 pm-5 pm EDT
    The Building Movement Project and SolidarityIs will host a teach-in to mark the anniversary of 9/11 and its aftermath to help attendees gain insights around deepening connections, being co-conspirators, and building towards co-liberation.
  • Tuesday, September 14 | Healing Memories with Faith: September 11 Twenty Years Later,  6 pm- 7 pm EDT
    A panel of faith leaders from multiple traditions will explore how religious leaders, drawing on the riches of their respective traditions, helped their communities constructively process the trauma so many experienced following the 9/11 attacks. This panel will be hosted both in-person and virtually by the University of Notre Dame’s Ansari Institute.
  • Wednesday, October 27 | Lunch & Learn: Intrafaith Collaboration Through Crisis, 12 pm-1 pm EDT
    This Lunch & Learn session will focus on the impact of Muslims in philanthropy and the challenges they face. Dr. Shariq Siddiqui, assistant professor of philanthropic studies and director of the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, will discuss research from the Community Collaboration Initiative, a community-based participatory action research project.
Event Series:
  • September 2021 | Oh God What Now? Christianity 20 Years After 911, An Online Pop-Up Learning Community with Brian McLaren, Diana Butler Bass, & Tripp Fuller
    Throughout September, this learning community will convene for 6 mini-lectures and conversations, live Q&A, and an online group to connect with other members.
  • September 1- November 3 | The 20th Anniversary of September 11: Changing the Climate of Conflict
    The University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, and its Ansari Institute, will host a three-part panel discussion series. Panels will take place virtually on September 1st, October 6th, and November 3rd.

    • Sept. 1: Cause and Effect Was September 11 an expression of religious fanaticism or blowback to US foreign policy? Is this an either/or question or a both/and proposition? Answers to these critical questions have varied in the scholarly conversation and the public arena.
    • Oct. 6: Pax Americana? In what ways are current world crises—racial injustice, mass migration, inequality, and inadequate responses to the global pandemic—connected to the conditions of conflict that worsened after Sept. 11?
    • Nov. 3 Chaos or Community? Can peoples and nations find ways to forge a more cooperative global community? Or will the world descend into further chaos?
Blogs and Other Media:
  • Blog | A Profile in Pluralism: Ilyse R. Morgenstein Fuerst
    Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst is a scholar of Islam, podcaster, and a self-described killjoy. The trajectory of her life changed on September 11, 2001, in her third week of college. Read more in our profile of her as part of our series on Powering Pluralism Network Members.
  • Blog | A Profile in Pluralism: Ashfaq Taufique
    Powering Pluralism Network Member, Ashfaq Tauique, is an Imam in Birmingham Alabama. The events of September 11th changed how he was perceived and interacted with his community. Read more about his community work in the 20 years since, in our profile.
  • Podcast | King of the World
    The King of the World podcast is a seven-part series hosted by Shahjehan Khan, about a Pakistani American Muslim teenager who comes of age post-9/11 and, twenty years later, tries to figure out the impact of that single day.
  • Saturday, September 18 | Bystander Intervention 101
    A 1.5 hour training hosted by Houston Coalition Against Hate, hollaback! and Advocate OCA Greater Houston, will help participants to identify ways to safely stand up to hate and bigotry both in-person and online.
  • Tuesday, September 28 | Advancing DEI in Philanthropy: A Year of Learning Special Event, 12 pm-2 pm CDT/ 1 pm-3 pm EDT
    This learning and dialogue session is intended to build understanding within nonprofit funding institutions and spark action. With leaders such as Dr. Carmen Rojas, president and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, and Tamela Spicer of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, the University of Illinois Chicago will explore how race and religion intersect in philanthropy, how funders have navigated this intersection in their DEI initiatives, and the leaders and nonprofits in Muslim communities they have partnered with on key social justice issues.
  • Guide for Public Writing | Messaging Tips for the 20th Commemoration of 9/11
    The Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign has put together tips for those writing pieces to commemorate the anniversary of September 11th to ensure the inclusion and respect of Islam and Muslim Americans.
  • Teaching Resources for Educators | Culturally Responsive 9/11 Teaching Resources
    These resources, compiled by Amaarah DeCuir Ed.D. at the Center for Islam in the Contemporary World at Shenandoah University, are intended to help educators commemorate September 11th with their students and acknowledge the impact it has had on social, cultural, and political realities both nationally and globally.
  • Guide for Multi-Religious Engagement | Pastoral Guidelines for Inter-Religious Observances of 9/11
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America has produced a blog to help congregants and leaders identify how best to engage in commemorating the anniversary of September 11th with those of other faith traditions with respect and commitment to a healing future.