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Religious leaders to gather at City Hall to remember 9/11

September 8, 2011 |  5:14 pm

Photo: Oleander flowers near L.A. City Hall. Credit: Los Angeles Times The Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders along with several hundred houses of worship from around Southern California will gather this Saturday night for "One Light," marking the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 with the lighting of 500 lanterns on the steps of City Hall.

Congregations from Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths will be represented among others and the goal is to mend the effects of loss as well as offer a tribute to those who died in the terrorist attacks.

The lanterns will be lit from a central flame.

"The one light reflects the presence of the holy in every religion and those with no faith," said Robert Williams, canon for community relations for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and one of the organizers of the event. "I believe that light is a powerful symbol for guidance and a common denominator."

Afterward, each congregation will take one glass lantern back to its house of worship to be used in an upcoming religious service.

"The idea is that there is a local reminder of everything that happened at the One Light gathering," Williams said.

What distinguishes this event from other Sept. 11 commemorations is the vast number and breadth of religions and congregations which will be represented, he said. Those include the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Board of Rabbis of Southern California and Islamic Shura Council of Southern California.

Spring Street in front of City Hall will be closed for the event, with attendance expected to exceed 1,000 people. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and additional congregations can still join by emailing onelight@lacorl.org.


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Photo: Oleander flowers near L.A. City Hall. Credit: Los Angeles Times