Spiritual Leaders Lend Insights About Loss, Forgiveness And America's Future

By Adrienne Smith, CBS Local Media

The incidents of Sept. 11, 2001, continue to echo in a multitude of feelings, voices and stories. Collectively as New Yorkers, Americans and citizens of the world, people experienced overwhelming emotions that day. Many of those once faltering in shock or grief can now express thoughts of forgiveness, redemption and restoration. Where have we come in the 10 years since?

The following stories share outlooks on life since 2001 and hopes toward the future.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: The renown author on spirituality and culture looks on Americans’ security, freedoms and common ties in the post-9/11 world.

Reverend Susan Turchin: Following the attacks of 9/11, this New Yorker sought to offer friendship and support to a key group in her neighborhood: the local mosque.

Sister Camille D’Arienzo: A former president for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious shares her experiences serving in New York and her concerns about the future of forgiveness after 9/11.

Reverend Diane Burke: An interfaith leader in New York views the day terrorists attacked America as a “catalyst for very deep and fundamental change” about viewing post-9/11 world.

Swami Ramananda: The president of the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City sees a oneness within all despite the difference the horror of 9/11 tried to emphasize.

Father Joseph Costantino: The pastor of the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York talks about the challenge faced by those whose lives were devastated by the tragedy of 9/11.

Reverend Jane Galloway: An advocate of the transcendentalist New Thought movement seeks a holistic understanding of her New York community in the post-9/11 world.

Sheikha Fariha: A guide to the sufi order at lower Manhattan’s Dergah al-Farah Mosque shares her experiences and her faith living in the aftermath of 9/11.

Zen Buddhist Judy Seicho Fleischman: An instructor at New York’s Village Zendo views 9/11 in the context of distilling focus to what is of core importance.

What are your memories of 9/11? How has your life or your outlook changed in the 10 years since that Tuesday? Add your thoughts below in the Comments below.


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