| Saturday, September 11th marks the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001.
As a way of honoring the victims of those attacks, and to offer a peaceful, positive alternative to a Qur'an burning ceremony planned for that day by Florida's Dove World Outreach Center and its pastor, Terry Jones, a special interfaith service has been scheduled.
The "Honoring Sacred Texts" service will be held in Louisville on September 11 at 11:30 am at Highland Baptist Church. The Service will include a display of sacred texts from Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, the Baha'i Faith and other religions. The gathering will also include non-sectarian music, and readings from the sacred texts by representatives of the world's great religions on topics related to peace, cooperation and mutual understanding.
This service is offered by Interfaith Paths to Peace in partnership with Highland Baptist Church and the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship. Additional sponsors include the Islamic Cultural Center (River Road Mosque), the Council of the Mid-Kentucky Presbytery, St. William and St. Agnes Catholic Churches, The Temple (Congregation Adath Israel Brith Shalom), the Pakistani American Community of Louisville, Independent Muslims of Louisville, Thomas Jefferson and Clifton Unitarian Universalist Churches, the Hindu Temple of Kentucky, the Drepung Gomang Institute (Louisville's Tibetan Buddhist organization) and the Baha'is of Louisville. It is expected that the number of co-sponsors for this event will grow.
According to Terry Taylor, one of the organizers of the gathering, "We want to show the world that in Louisville we don't burn sacred books; we honor them. We may not all agree about every word written in our sacred texts, but we do honor those books and our brothers and sisters in other religions who revere them."
Terry Taylor, Executive Director
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