It’s been a decade since those planes crashed into the Twin Towers and Spokane’s faith community is honoring the anniversary with solemn services and prayers. Colville United Church of Christ is organizing a community-wide remembrance. In a press release Rev. Jim CastroLang wrote, ” So much has been said about the impact of 9/11 upon us in the past 10 years. The tragedy of almost 3,000 lives lost would be enough to overwhelm. In additional 9/11 was an attack on our country that shook our sense of security and was an affront to our core values as a society. Our world is a different place because of 9/11. There is much to grieve. There is much to reflect upon in this different world.” The church, at 205 N Maple, will host a candlelight service at 5 p.m. ” We cannot forget the impact of this event that brought tragedy to many and touched the depths of our being. The nature of God and the human spirit that comes from God calls us to renew our commitment to work together to overcome our fears and accomplish the best hopes for all humanity. Let us come together on this anniversary,” CastroLang wrote. St. John’s Cathedral in Spokane will also host a special Sept. 11 service. An Evensong service will be at 7 p.m. Spokane’s first responders have been invited to the event. According to the church website, “Oboist Gary Plowman will play the opening Voluntary and accompany the choir in John Rutter’s”The Lord Is My Shepherd” from the Requiem. Trumpeter Larry Jess will add to the strength of the hymn singing, and will premier a piece written by DavidAsplin for this service, “Letter to the World.” The Very Rev. Bill Ellis will preside, as well as offer the Meditation. In addition to the aforementioned piece by John Rutter, the Choir will sing Howells’ “O, Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem,” and “The Mansions of the Lord” by Glennie-Smith/ Wallace/Irwin. The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis will be settings by Philip Moore of Yorkminster, and the closing blessing will be John Rutter’s “A Gaelic Blessing.” The Junior Choir will enhance the service with a chanted version of the Lord’s Prayer.” St. John’s is located at 127 E 12th Ave. The Episcopal Diocese of Spokane has more Sept. 11 memorials listed here. To get your event listed on Spokane Religion News, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of SpokaneFāVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.