September 11  
On this date in 1893, the first meeting of the Parliament of the World’s Religions opened in Chicago. This pioneer event marked the first organised gathering of representatives of Eastern and Western spiritual traditions. Today, it is regarded as the birth of formal interfaith dialogue worldwide. 

Today is also the anniversary of the attack that destroyed the World Trade Center. 

Like the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the aftermath of 9/11 have attempted to to acknowledge the diverse faiths of our world. Of course, we still have a long way to go, as sectarian politics and and terrorist activities throughout the world, clearly demonstrate – but many moments of outreach and interfaith cooperation have resulted, too.

May we continue to work together for mutual understanding and respect for people of all religious beliefs.  

Twig, 2015