Dates: Spiritual and Religious Action for Peace and Justice

From Varied Sources, 9/7/2003


Sept. 10
--- Circles of Hope. Anywhere that people choose to gather in the world, and especially at the area surrounding Ground Zero in NYC. Circles will commemorate September 11. Sponsored by "September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows."

They invite all to join in encircling the World Trade Center site with a flashlight vigil on the night of September 10, 2003, or create a Circle of Hope candlelight or flashlight vigil in your own community and register it on their Website:

The Website will also be providing materials for discussion circles to explore the psychological and political impact of 9/11 on ourselves, our communities, and our world.

See also "Casting Stones and Ashes" at this site for possible use on September 10.

Sept. 10
--- Riverside Church in NYC, 7 pm service of remembrance and hope for action to make peace and justice, as a response to the 9/11 attacks. Will include creating a Circle of Hope in accord with the call of the September 11 Families as described above. Rabbi Arthur Waskow of The Shalom Center will be speaking at Riverside.

Sept. 18-19
--- Religious Working Group on the World Bank & International Monetary Fund (RWG) sponsors conference in Washington DC on global economic democracy and how to organize as religious folk for global justice and planetary community.

Rabbi Waskow speaks on morning of September 18. For more information, contact Susan Thompson, 703/624-1454 or email:, or visit the Religious Working Group's Website at

Monday, September 22 from 9:00 - 10: 30 pm EDT
(Starting: 8:00 pm CDT, 7:00 pm MDT, 6:00 pm PDT)
--- Brit Tzedek v'Shalom (Jewish Alluiance for Justice & Peace) sponsors a "Virtual" Town Hall conference call. Rabbi Waskow will speak on "The Families of Abraham in the Rosh Hashanah Readings: From Ancient Torah to the Conflicts of Today," with comments and discussion invited.

Dial-in Number: 1-323-785-4156 (Los Angeles, California)
Participant Access Code: 123432#

Callers are responsible for their domestic long distance charges; there are no other charges related to the onference call. Conference call service limits participation to 96 callers; first call , first served. Submit questions ahead of time to Questions can also be submitted during the discussion to the same email address. If you wish to look at some of the relevant material beforehand, see: "What Now? 4th Rosh Hashanah as the Crisis Sharpens Still More".

Sept. 23
--- School of the Americas Watch invites religious folk to Washington to lobby to close the School of the Americas, which trains military and police forces in Latin America, often for repressive roles.

9-5 pm,
Methodist Building,
100 Maryland Ave, NE;

5:30 pm,
Prayer Service,
West Capitol Lawn.

See Website:

Sept. 25-27
--- Rosh HaShanah. In the words of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, "Prayer is useless unless it is subversive."
See this website section: Home » Celebrations » Festival Spiral » Rosh HaShanah for how to focus Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prayer and Torah study on making a just peace between Israel & Palestine and in the world as a whole.

Oct. 5-6
--- Yom Kippur. See: Home » Celebrations » Festival Spiral » Yom Kippur

Sept. 20 - Oct. 4
--- Immigrant Worker Freedom Ride. Immigrant workers and their allies, including AFL-CIO, United for Peace & Justice, Shalom Center, many others, inspired by the Freedom Riders of the Civil Rights Movement, will set out from nine major U.S. cities and cross the country to call for full protection of their civil rights and civil liberties. Many solidarity rallies planned along the way; massive culminating rally in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, NYC, on October 4.

Otober 24
--- Take Back Your Time Day, to redress hyper-overwork in American society.
See Websites: and
Home » Worlds of Change » Community » Freeing Our Time on this website.

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Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Director
The Shalom Center