The ashes of the Twin Towers are cold, the walls of the Pentagon rebuilt, and in Pennsylvania where 40 people on Flight 93 gave their own lives to save thousands of others, plans call for 40 groves of red maple trees in memoriam. Each of these memorials will be a fitting tribute to those who perished 10 years ago. Another memorial of sorts, though not one constructed of granite and steel, has risen from the ashes of 9/11 here in Cache Valley. Cache Community Connections is a group of local religious, community, and business leaders who first came together in the days immediately following 9/11 to plan an interfaith memorial service. Working together proved to be such a positive experience they have continued to meet monthly over the last 10 years in an effort to “foster understanding and cooperation among all religious groups in Cache Valley” and to “build bridges and work toward a united community based on love and trust.”Some of the bridges the Cache Community Connections has been instrumental in building include an interfaith Thanksgiving service, the summer Noon Music at the Tabernacle series, and a Concert and Lecture series. Sunday, on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, Cache Community Connections presented a commemoration program. The American Festival Chorus provided stirring music mixed between words of unity and hope. An invocation sung in Arabic by a Muslim student from Utah State University, then translated in spoken English by a Christian minister, exemplified the spirit of unity that has been created by Cache Community Connections.Organizations are but groups of people banded together to pursue a common vision. Today I pay tribute to the people within the following groups who have banded together to better unite our community as part of the Cache Community Connections:· Baha’i Community· Buddhist Community· Cache Chamber of Commerce· Cache County Council· Cache Valley Bible Fellowship· Cache Valley Christian Center· Cache Valley Interagency· Cache Valley Unitarian Universalists· Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints· Faith and Fellowship Center· First Presbyterian Church· Holy Trinity Lutheran Church· Jewish Community· Logan City Council· Logan City School District· Logan Islamic Center· Logan Regional Hospital· Prince of Peace Lutheran Church· Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)· St. John Episcopal Church· St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church· Utah State UniversityIf groups as diverse as these can unite for the common good of our community, surely as individuals we too can find common ground to stand on and approach our differences with respect and compassion. Les Patterson
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