Alexander Filipov, a dedicated member of Trinitarian Congregational UCC in Concord, Mass., was killed on Flight 11 when it crashed into the World Trade Center last September 11.
In his memory and to honor his commitment to peace and justice, the church has established an annual presentation by a noted speaker to address those peace and justice issues about which Filipov cared deeply and to consider how individuals acting out of their faith can make a difference.
The speaker for the first lecture on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. is Paul Loeb, author of the book, "Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time," described as "the how-to book for activism at the turn of the century." He also will speak at both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services on Sunday, Sept. 15.
Filipov was an engineer by training, but his family, friends and fellow parishioners knew him as a family man, a true servant of the church, a human rights activist, painter, gardener, inventor, and storyteller. According to the church's senior minister, the Rev. John C. Lombard, "Al earnestly believed in the power of the individual to make a positive difference in life."