What steps might be taken to organize such events?

  1. Invite representatives from various religious communities, peace initiatives, and inter-religious councils (for example, the local body of Religions for Peace (RfP) or World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP), or local ecumenical and peace councils.)


  2. Create mutual exercises that focus on the organization of such an event, for example, a questionnaire that may ask what associations participants have when they think on September 11, 2001 and its consequences:

    • What colors do I associate with September 11, 2001?

    • What kind of music comes to mind?

    • What kind of mood would I set?

    • What religious aspects would be important to me?

    • What political aspects would be important to me?

    • What would I like to share with others at such an event on September 11, 2011?

    • What message would I like to send on September 11, 2011?

    • What would I create from the ruins of the WTC Twin Towers?

    • How would I like to return to my home on September 11, 2011?

    • What would be my symbol(s) for remembrance?

    • What else would be important for me?


  3. Agree on venue, time, format, concept, sponsors, and finances.


  4. Register with the authorities.


  5. Structure of Memorial, for example, ordering the elements of the program:

    • Greeting and Introduction of the Organizers

    • Memorializing the victims through traditions for mourning from various religions and moment(s) of silence.

    • Remembering promises and declarations of peace from various religions.

    • Greeting of Peace

    • Renunciation of violence in the name of religion.

    • Mutual action for just peace and trust (reconciliation)

    • Sharing the desire for the “fruits of peace”


  6. Organization of cultural contributions, peace fairs, inter-religious peace exhibits, tables, displays (inclusion of schools, children and youth groups from religious communities).


  7. Organization of a concluding activity or initiative (for example, Peace Banquet of Religions, the planting of a “peace tree,” releasing peace doves, etc.)