PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life at Brown University, together with Rhode Island Voices of Faith and other civic and community leaders, will hold two events on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The public is welcome to attend.
At 2 p.m., participants are invited to take part in the ancient practice of walking a spiritual labyrinth that will be inscribed on the College Green. Additional peace-building and wellness activities will also be offered. “Over the centuries many prayer and meditative traditions walked the mandala or labyrinth to deepen contemplative and spiritual understanding — to enhance the human capacity for peace," said Janet Cooper Nelson, University chaplain at Brown. “On this anniversary of 9/11, the spiritual communities of Brown welcome walkers of every religious and cultural tradition to walk this labyrinth and to work together to build a more peaceful world.”
At 4 p.m., the community will gather for an outdoor multifaith service, “Remembering 9/11 Together: A Rite of Remembrance,” on the lawn of Manning Chapel, inside the Van Wickle Gates at the intersection of Prospect and College streets. Beginning with the tolling of the University’s bells, the service will include several musical offerings and readings led by the chaplains of the University and clergy from the Rhode Island Voices of Faith, a multifaith collaboration sponsored by the Rhode Island State Council of Churches. Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons will deliver closing remarks.
Ruth J. Simmons, president of Brown University
Janet Cooper Nelson, University chaplain
clergy from the Rhode Island Voices of Faith.
Events to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11
When and Where
Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011
2-4 p.m. Spiritual labyrinth walking and peace building activities on the College Green
4 p.m. Remembering 9.11 Together: A Rite of Remembrance on the lawn of Manning Chapel