9/11 Remembrance

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” – John 14:27

Resources for remembering the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

September 11, 2011 will mark ten years since the tragedy of 9/11.  This event took the lives of many and shook the consciousness of our nation and world.  This site is intended to be a repository of documents and resources for reflection, worship, and education to assist churches in marking the 9/11 anniversary this year.  Many of the resources are UCC, but some are posted from ecumenical and interfaith partners.  As you use these resources to create safe and worshipful space to mark 9/11, we hope these resources prove helpful for meeting people wherever they are along the journey between memory and hope. 

New resources will be added as they become available. For sources outside the United Church of Christ: please note that not all resources listed on the following links have been reviewed, so please select according to your needs.

Take Action

Mark 9/11 by responding to General Synod’s call to promote tolerance and counter hostility against the Muslim Community. Reflect and take action here.

Reflections from our Collegium of Officers:

Pastoral Letter from General Minister and President Rev. Geoffrey Black on the Tenth Anniversary of September 11  

“Witness for Justice – #541” – Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo, Executive Minister for Justice and Witness Ministries

“Witness for Justice – #542” – Edith A. Guffey, Associate General Minister

“Witness for Justice – #543” – Rev. Jim Moos, Executive Minister for Wider Church Ministries and Co-executive for Global Ministries

“Witness for Justice – #544” – Rev. J. Bennett Guess, Executive Minister for Local Church Ministries

Worship Resources:

Worship Resources

SAMUEL/Sermon Seeds

Worship Ways – God Leads Us into Life

Music Suggestions

UCC – Massachusetts Conference

Resources for Planning Worship Services in a Time of War

The Text This Week

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (links to many interfaith resources)

Resources for Children and Youth:

A listing of books and other publications

9/11’s Children Grow Up

Children of September 11 (webpage of resources)

Ecumenical Partner Resources:

National Council of Churches USA

The United Methodist Church

Presbyterian Church USA

United Methodist Committee on Relief

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

For Further Conversation:

Just Peace


Christian Understanding of War in an Age of Terror(ism)

A Reflection on 9/11: Yearning for Good from Tragedy

The Conversation We Never Had (Video)

Reflection on the anniversary of 9/11 by Rev. Dr. Marja Coons-Torn, Penn Central Conference Minister

A Look Back:

Religious Ignorance, Bigotry and Ill Will: A Lamentation for 9/11

Interfaith leaders speak out on Bin Laden

A call to prayer for the pathways to peace

A call to prayer for the pathways to peace (Spanish version)

Despair is not an option

Kinnamon: Seeking God’s solace on 9-11

Panel confronts post-9/11 health issues

What does God require of us?


       National Moment of Remembrance (letter)

National Moment of Remembrance (flyer)

“Prepare New York” for the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11

       United We Serve

       9/11 Unity Walk

September 11th Peace Crane Project

Quaker “Testimony of Peace” – New York City (flyer) (Website)