“Ten years ago the September 11 attacks changed our world. From the devastation, healing and hope emerge. From interfaith dialogue grows peace, hope and respect,” writes Rev. Marian Stewart, pastor of in Kirkland about the upcoming interfaith memorial service for 9/11.
The service, dubbed Ashes to Hope: An Interfaith Observance of 9/11, will be at the , Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m.
“It is important to note that all three Abrahamic traditions will be represented,” says Stewart. “Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church is the lead sponsor, and many religious groups on the Eastside are coming together to offer a 9/11 service that is open to the public. The service will include prayer, spoken word, video, and music. All are welcome.”
As a focal point for the service, Woodinville resident Dennis Lone created an art piece that will be on stage for the duration of the service.
“The piece is a metal basin from a small fire pit. The basin sits on a base designed to look like rubble from a collapsed building,” Lone said. “The basin will be filled with ashes for the memorial. I put together some odds and ends to resemble rubble (fake I beams and concrete block, electrical conduit, stuff like that) and mounted the basin on top.”
“I am not an artist by any means; I play around with metal work and wood work,” Lone said. “I hope the finished piece evokes the demolished buildings and serves the purpose of the people who are putting on the memorial.”
Among the participating congregations in the service will be the Ithna-asheri Muslim Association of the Northwest (IMAN), in Kirkland and in Woodinville.