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What will you do on 9/11?

The tenth anniversary of 9-11 is right around the corner.  For those who want to host a public dialogue on or around September 11, 2011, here’s a great resource you may want to use.

Everyday Democracy’s beta discussion guide, One Nation, Many Beliefs

Everyday Democracy has a free beta discussion guide called One Nation, Many Beliefs: Talking About Religion in a Diverse Democracy available on their website for download.  EvDem invites you to use and adapt this pilot version of their discussion guide, and let them know what you think!

Adapted from a 2006 guide created by LaGuardia Community College, One Nation, Many Beliefs helps people of different faith groups and secular groups develop relationships to work together in creating a community where everyone can thrive.

While most people don’t blame religious differences for causing 9/11, in the aftermath of the tragedy, tensions surfaced between people with different religious beliefs. We were reminded of how these tensions simmer just beneath the surface when, last August, a controversy erupted over locating an Islamic cultural center in lower Manhattan.

Let us honor and remember the 9/11 victims by working together to create a vibrant democracy that honors the voices of all its people. The discussion guide will help you run a dialogue-to-change [aka “study circle”] effort in your community and help create relationships across religious differences and explore the role of religion in our community and national lives.

You can download the guide as a PDF. Once you use the guide, email mrogers.bursen [at] everyday-democracy [dot] org to let EvDem know how it worked for your community and what your suggestions are for improving the guide.

Also — whether or not you are using this EvDem guide, if you are hosting a dialogue to honor and remember the victims of 9/11, be sure to announce it on the “I will” site at www.911day.org.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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  1. There are many positive, forward-looking events planned for September 11, 2011 in cities and towns across America. Events range from interfaith discussions to neighborhood walks to speakers and musical performances. I’ve put together a web site where you can find 9/11 anniversary events in your area that emphasize unity and peaceful relations. You can also find ideas and resources for organizing an event yourself.

    It’s all at http://911-11.org

    We have experienced a lot of fear, mistrust, prejudice, and violence since September 11, 2001. My hope is that we can make September 11, 2011 a national day of reconciliation.

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