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Helping People Cope With Crisis: People of Faith Respond to September 11, 2001

Religious Education

We offer some resources to help provide religious responses to people of all ages in our congregations.

We also offer some guidelines for us all to keep in mind as we as religious people deal with this national and personal trauma:

  • Religious Community. We are here for each other. Let us draw together as children, youth and adults for support and meaning-making. Let us not exclude any age from the healing process.
     
  • Faith. Let us know that our liberal religion is also here for us. Let us draw on our Principles, traditions, values, and beliefs in a time that may test all of these. Let us remember our commitment to peace and justice, and to the inherent worth and dignity of all people, and let us reflect on what we are called to do in the months ahead. Let us not be afraid to pray or meditate. Let us be grateful for the gift of life and the grace with which we are held in our lives.
     
  • Feelings. Let us allow each other to express our feelings. Let us meet the need to restore a sense of safety, especially to our children, even as we acknowledge our vulnerability.
     
  • Action. Our attention turns first to the pastoral need to comfort and heal. Yet some simple actions can help the grieving process by diminishing feelings of helplessness. We can write sympathy cards or letters of protest, donate blood or send money, support the Red Cross and our congregations in the New York City and D.C. areas; we can speak out against racist reactions to this tragedy. In time, we can also examine the political context of these events and discern what long-term social activism we may feel called to undertake.

The members of the Unitarian Universalist Association Religious Education Department share your shock and grief. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and that we are here to help in any way we can.
—Judith A. Frediani, Religious Education Department

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For more information contact religiouseducation @ uua.org.

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Last updated on Tuesday, October 23, 2012.

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