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In Memoriam: Remembering Unitarian Universalists Who Perished or Are Missing in the Tragic Events of September 11, 2001

William G. Sinkford, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA); Diane Olson, Moderator; and the Board and Staff of the UUA join members of Unitarian Universalist congregations around the world in mourning the loss of these Unitarian Universalists and all those who perished or are missing after the September 11 disasters.

This list is compiled from reports from clergy and is complete as of May 15, 2002. We extend our apologies for errors or omissions. If you have corrections or additions to submit, please contact web @ uua.org.

Lamentation

Adapted from Nancy Wood's writings by the Rev. Elizabeth Lerner, Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, MD (this congregation lost four individuals connected the plane which crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001).

September 12, 2001

We have lost people we knew, people we loved, people we never knew, will never know.
Their lives were taken in fire, in stone and metal, in earth, in water.
It is hard to pray.
Words fail us and reality belies our prayers.
We cannot pray that they did not suffer fear or pain, we know they did, some may even now,
even while we are gathered here because it is all we can do.
We cannot give thanks for long lives well-lived,
Nor for time to make peace and love before passing.
Yesterday, today, life has been a gorilla, a leviathan,
Something brute we cannot comprehend, that can shatter us and move on
Leaving us with a beautiful day of sunshine and balmy breezes blowing dreadful ashes.
How little we can pray for
To the creative spirit that animates our world.
to the elements of the world that give us life,
that received those lives yesterday, last night, today.
We pray that their souls are at peace.
From each other and from the world, we ask for help.
May our leaders lead us with wisdom, justice and compassion.
May we all find our way through this labyrinth, somehow, to peace.
Rock, strengthen us.
Rain, receive our doubt.
Sun, receive the anger from our hearts.
Earth, receive our woe.

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Last updated on Thursday, August 2, 2012.

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