The First Awareness Sunday

Awareness Sunday

The First AWARENESS Sunday: 11th September (9/11) 2011

The tenth anniversary of the terrorist atrocities in the US fell on 11 September 2011. On that day, our very first Awareness Sunday became an opportunity for remembrance, reconciliation and a commitment to foster better relationships with those of other faiths as we recalled the Christian values of love, forgiveness and respect in services around the world - values that we share with the other Abrahamic faiths. As believers, we are called to love our neighbours as ourselves, whatever our neighbours' religious faith or worldview.

2011 VIDEO for our first Awareness Sunday

http://vimeo.com/23267513

AWARENESS Sunday Service Live on BBC Radio 4 on 11 September 2011

Radio 4 logoThe Awareness Foundation led the regular BBC Radio 4 Sunday Morning worship programme on Radio 4 on Awareness Sunday. The service was broadcast live from The Grosvenor Chapel on South Audley Street in Mayfair, London to nearly 2 million listeners. The service was led by our Communications Director, The Revd Canon Dr James Rosenthal; Dr Courtney Cowart, a 9/11 survivor, spoke about her experiences and our Director, the Revd Nadim Nassar, delivered the sermon. Barbara J Stephenson, Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy, lit our memorial candle in a very moving part of the service.

AWARENESS Friday on 8 September 2011

The Abrar Islamic Foundation, in association with the Higher Islamic Shiite Council and the Awareness Foundation, hosted a special Awareness Friday event in response to Awareness Sunday, on Thursday 8th September 2011 at Abrar House in Central London. We would like to thank Sayed Wissam Tarhini for his efforts to make Awareness Friday such a success.

Dr Saeed Shahabi (Director of Abrar Islamic Foundation) and Ayatollah Sayed Dr Fadel Milani(Dean of the Islamic University in London) spoke to the packed gathering. The event was introduced by Sayed Wissam Tarhini (UK Representative of the Higher Islamic Shiite Council [Lebanon]).

Below: The Revd Nadim Nassar, Chris Williams, Sayed Wissam Tarhini and The Revd Canon Dr James Rosenthal. Photo taken at the end of the Awareness Friday event.

Awareness Friday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL REPORT on the first Awareness Sunday - 9/11, 2011

BBC News

Grosvenor Chapel

Awareness Sunday began with a service at Grosvenor Chapel - known as 'The American Church' - in Central London, which provided a memorable occasion for remembrance and reconciliation. The service was attended by families of some of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and by a number who had witnessed firsthand the disaster unfold in New York. A single candle was lit by deputy American ambassador Barbara J. Stephenson, in memory of all who died on 9/11 (see image, above).

The Revd Canon Dr Jim Rosenthal led the service, which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 and which featured on BBC TV News output throughout the day. The estimated audience on radio 4 alone was some 2 million. Dr Courtney Cowart, who was at Trinity Wall Street on 9/11, and who ministered to many who were caught up in the tragedy, spoke of her experiences in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks; she described the devastation at Ground Zero and the wonderful way that people of all faiths reacted to the tragedy by coming together to help.

The sermon was delivered by the Revd Nadim Nassar, Director of the Awareness Foundation. Click here for the sermon.

Lighting the candle

 

(LEFT) Deputy Ambassador of the United States Barbara Stephenson lights a candle of remembrance during the service in the Grosvenor Chapel. Flanking the USA Deputy Ambassador are the Revd Nadim Nassar, Director of the Awareness Foundation, and Dr Courtney Cowart, a 9/11 survivor, both of whom spoke at the service.

 

Grosvenor Chapel

  

 

 

(RIGHT) The Revd Canon Dr Jim Rosenthal, far right at front, Communications Director of the Awareness Foundation, leads the BBC Radio 4 service on 9/11 in Grosvenor Chapel "The American Church".  Music was provided by the Trinity Laban Singers of Greenwich. In the foreground, the memorial candle waits to be lit.(Photo by Adam)


St. Paul's Cathedral

Huda Nassar at St. Paul's Cathedral

Huda Nassar, our Director for the Middle East, read one of the prayers during the service at St. Paul's Cathedral (left).



 


Westminster Abbey

In the evening, a special Awareness Sunday service took place at a packed Westminster Abbey, where Dr Cowart spoke further about her experiences and the Revd Nadim Nassar delivered the sermon. Click here to download the sermon. During the service, Dr Cowart laid a wreath at the Memorial to Innocent Victims (see below). At least 1,500 attended the Westminster Abbey service, including representatives of other faiths.

Wreath at Westminster Abbey

9/11 survivor Courtney Cowart lays a wreath (right) at the Memorial to Innocent Victims in the forecourt of Westminster Abbey. Accompanied by the Dean, the Very Revd John Hall, and students from St Marylebone School.(AF photo)

Westminster Abbey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Revd Nadim Nassar (left) preaches to a packed Westminster Abbey.

 


 2 to 10 September 2011

  • Canterbury Cathedral, UK - Nine Days of Prayer leading up to Awareness Sunday

Awareness Friday 8/9 September 2011

    • Major event in London for Awareness Friday:

The Abrar Islamic Foundation, in association with the Higher Islamic Shiite Council and the Awareness Foundation, hosted a special Awareness Friday event in response to Awareness Sunday, on Thursday 8th September 2011 at Abrar House in Central London.

Dr Saeed Shahabi (Director of Abrar Islamic Foundation) and Ayatollah Sayed Dr Fadel Milani(Dean of the Islamic University in London) spoke to the packed gathering. The event was introduced by Sayed Wissam Tarhini (UK Representative of the Higher Islamic Shiite Council [Lebanon]).

Awareness Shabbat, Saturday 10 September 2011

  • Events took place in the UK and internationally.

Awareness Sunday 11 September 2011 - UK

  • Grosvenor Chapel (London) 8:00 am [Broadcast live on BBC Radio 4]
  • Chapel Royal, St. Peter ad Vincula (London ) 9:15 am and 11:00 am
  • London Community Church (O2 Centre London NW3)
  • Winchester Cathedral 10:00 am
  • Coventry Cathedral 10:30 am
  • Birmingham Cathedral 10:30 am
  • All Hallows by the Tower (London ) 11:00 am
  • St. Marylebone Parish Church (London ) 11:00 am
  • Holy Trinity Sloane Square (London ) 11:00 am
  • St Ann’s Church (Manchester ) 4:00 pm
    A Service of Reflection, with an opportunity to light candles for all victims of terrorism and to pray for all whose lives are affected by acts of violence. Preacher: the Bishop of Bolton. The service is being planned by an ecumenical Planning Group on behalf of Churches throughout Greater Manchester. Further details can be obtained from Alec Mitchell, Training Officer for Justice in Race and Faith, Church and Society, Church House, 90 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2GH Tel: 0161 828 1443
  • Westminster Abbey (London ) 6:30pm
  • John Keble Church (London)

Awareness Sunday 11 September 2011 - USA

  • St. Gregory's Episcopal Church (Woodstock NY)
  • St Lukes Episcopal Church (Germantown PA) 9:30 am EST
  • St. James Cathedral (Chicago IL)
  • Liberty Church (Lansing MI)
  • Living Word Church (Chicago IL)
  • Grace Church (Providence RI) [Evensong]

Awareness Sunday was marked in over 22 countries!