Naperville Community Event Commemorates 9/11 With Focus on “City of Compassion”

On Sunday, September 11, 2011, Naperville will hold its first “9/11 Community Event: Remember, Release, Renew.” The event invites people in this community to come together to remember and honor those lost on 9/11/2001, to continue to release the pain and hurt, and to renew personal and community commitment to treat each other with respect, regardless of race, sex or religion – to build a “community of compassion.”

As representatives from various faith groups in Naperville began planning the event, they became aware of a “Charter for Compassion,” a worldwide effort in which individuals, groups and cities affirm their commitmentto “treat all others as we wish to be treated.”

“It’s been 10 years since the horrors of 9/11, and our community has come a long way in living together peaceably, but we can do more,” says Lynn Pries, Chaplain at North Central College. “This event promotes understanding and tolerance, which leads to a peaceful community. When we heard about the “City of Compassion and read its charter, we immediately thought this was the right direction for Naperville. We hope that this event will provide a springboard to move forward in building a community of compassion.”

The 9/11 Community Event consists of three segments, and all people are invited to participate in any or all of them. Beginning at 4:00 p.m., a participatory art project in the foyer of North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall will includevarious hands-on activities designed for the entire family. Participants will also have the opportunity to read and sign the Charter for Compassion, where each individual will affirm a commitmentto treat all others as we wish to be treated.

At 5:00 p.m. the event moves inside Wentz Concert Hall. Representatives from numerous Naperville-area Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, and other spiritual and philosophic traditions will present readings, music and a time for meditation and reflection. The event will encourage everyone to join together as one united voice to affirm our connection to each other, our humanity and our shared vision of peace.

The event will culminate with a short procession at 6:00 p.m. to the Naperville Riverwalk. Artwork created earlier in the event will be carried and displayed.

This event is planned by the One Naperville Project and the Naperville Interfaith Leadership Association (NILA). To volunteer your time and talents, please For more information, go

About the “City of Compassion” – Since its launch in November 2009, nearly 75,000 individuals have affirmed the Charter for Compassion, which aims to bring compassion back to the forefront of morality and humanity. In addition, many cities, including Seattle, WA, and Chicago, have committed, or are working toward committing to the 10 Year Campaign for Compassionate Cities, in which citizens, government and institutions work together to apply compassionate solutions to meet the needs of the community. The vision of the One Naperville project is to promote and advocate for Naperville as the next designated City of Compassion. More information on the Charter for Compassion is found

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Phone: (630) 697-1942

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