Outreach to Religious Professionals: People of Faith Respond to September 11, 2001
- From Rev. William G. Sinkford (October 11, 2001)
"A full month has passed since September 11. You have ministered and served so well, and the Unitarian Universalist Association's staff has worked hard to support you. In my own work, pride in our faith's response buoyed me and a sense of near normalcy had arrived prior to last Sunday. As I heard reports of our bombing of Afghanistan, I realized that I had been holding my breath, knowing there was more to come, emotionally unable to move forward until the shape of our national response had at least an outline. Now we are called to minister and serve. Yet again...."
- A Letter to My Colleagues by David Hubner (PDF, 23 pages; go to page 7), Acting Director, Unitarian Universalist Association Department of Ministry (September 21, 2001)
"Only this morning—10 days after the attacks—I found time to read The New Yorker. The essays it contains are heartfelt, powerful expressions of our common confusion, rage, fear, anger, hurt, and, sometimes, hope...."
- From Rev. William G. Sinkford (September 20, 2001)
"These days have been filled with worship services, prayer vigils and memorial services. I know that you've also provided hours of pastoral care, had discussions with youth groups, and tended vital interfaith relationships. In Washington, Boston and Portsmouth I've shared in the effort. It has been hard and important work...."
- From the President by Kendyl Gibbons (PDF, 23 pages; go to page 1), President, UU Ministers Association (September 19, 2001)
"As I write this, the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon are little more than a week old, and the world holds its breath to see what will happen next; by the time you read it, we may be in yet another far different chapter of history...."
- From Rev. William G. Sinkford (September 17, 2001)
"Events of the past week have tried our faith. Like most of you, my emotions swing from fear to sorrow and then, sometimes, hope. Through all the uncertainty though, our sacred responsibility for the spiritual needs of our people in this tumultuous time is clear. It calls to us and we heed...."