144 11ths since 9/11: 'May we turn our lingering grief into action'
EUGENE, Ore. - Prayers for peace went out to a hurting world.
And a moment of silence.
On the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a community interfaith service held on the 11th of every month since carried extra solemnity.
"Following the September 11 attacks, this was a reaction to bring people together in peace and love and respect and understanding," explained Emily Farthing.
The service first happend in October 2001. The plan: one service per month for 3 months.
Instead, they've kept meeting each and every month, on the 11th, for 12 years.
"May we turn our lingering grief into action for the sake of your love for us and for all your world," prayed pastor Jonathan Morgan at First Congregational Church, the service's host site.
Out of 144 services since 2001, Fred Burkert has only missed 4.
"Our want for peace and harmony in the world is essential," he said.
It's a goal they say can only be achieved with greater spritual understanding of each other - and of a power source greater than themselves.
"There is a somber feeling I think in the world today, especially in the U.S.," Farthing said, "but when I come here I feel nothing but peace."