A New Vision, A New Voice ~ The North Texas Conference
15 Years After 9/11, First Plano to Bring Together Faiths for Bridge-Building
Leaders of mosques, synagogues, and churches as well as civic leaders will take part in a 9/11 service designed to be a springboard.
FAITHS COME TOGETHER: On Sunday, September 11, 2016, First United Methodist Church Plano, in conjunction with leaders of area mosques, synagogues, churches, as well as civic leaders in Plano, Richardson, Allen, Murphy, Wylie, and Sachse, will host an interfaith service, “Together We Stand.” It’s from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WHY? The goal is to reach across the fears and divisions of race, religion and justice in our communities.
TESTIMONIES OF 9/11: Members of religious and civic groups will give testimonies in memory of the first responders who gave their lives on September 11, 2001, as well as honoring current first responders. Participants will also join together in songs of common cause and solidarity.
PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE: At a reception in the church’s large rotunda, participants will begin the work to build bridges by meeting and discussing possible next steps. We hope this event will promote and engender continuing work between these groups in our community.
FIGHTING HUNGER: A love offering will be taken with proceeds going to the North Texas Food Bank to fight childhood hunger in Collin County.
CLOSING THOUGHT: “I can think of few things more important in this age than to build bridges across our differences. My hope is that this service honoring our first responders and involving people of varied culture, race and faith will build one more bridge,” says Matt Gaston, lead pastor of First UMC Plano.