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Thursday, September 23, 2004

Muslims Take Part in Ecumenical Remembrance of 9/11



Besides the call to prayer, the Adhan, a Dua was shared. A projection of Sufi traditions (always in love with the divine) and a couple of songs by Yusuf Islam (also known as Cat Stevens) by colorfully dressed children from the local SALAM school succeeded in touching many hearts. The follow-up performance of the Ensemble Katan from the Congregation B’nai Israel was also a fine segment.

The speech by Jeff Von Kaenel who spearheaded this event was inspirational. Jeff shared the vision and the background work that led to this evening and thanked a number of people for their help. He described the effort as a “big tent where everyone is welcome.” He also shared the work that the group has been involved in, to assist the local Habitat for Humanity (who were the recipients of funds that were raised here). A moving video of the work the Habitat does was also shared with us.

Reverend Faith Whitmore who followed Von Kaenel had the opportunity to share the life work of the man being honored with the “Builder of Unity Award” this year. Recipient of this award Elder Richard Montgomery of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints deserves our congratulations along with our thanks for his many years of promoting faith harmony and cooperation in the Sacramento region. In his acceptance speech the basic idea that “attitude makes the difference,” was right on the mark.

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