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Memorial service and movie to observe 9/11

The UTC campus and Chattanooga community are invited to attend a ceremony to observe the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks.  Beginning at 8:46 a.m. in Patten Chapel—the exact time a plane hit the first of the World Trade Towers—a brief ceremony will be held followed by a reading of the names of all of those who died at the four sites.  At noon, the UTC Campus Ministries and others will lead a service of remembrance in Patten Chapel.  A brief reception will follow in Founders Hall lobby.

“The events of September 11 create one of the defining moments in our history,” said Chuck Cantrell, assistant vice chancellor for university relations. “Most of our students were in high school at the time of the attacks, and they have grown into adulthood with this as a backdrop for their lives.  It has definitely shaped their view of the world, and that is what we hope to do with the observance. To take a moment for our students and our community to stop and think about how our lives have changed and what the events of that day mean for us now.”

Later that evening and the next night, the Departments of Theatre and Speech and Philosophy and Religion have joined together to sponsor the showing of “Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero,”an extremely powerful “Frontline”(PBS) documentary.

The documentary examines such issues as:  “Where was God on 9/11?”  “Why does evil exist?”  “What place can faith have in recovering from such a traumatic event?”  Various people who were directly affected by 9/11 from a variety of religions are interviewed about these and other questions.

There will be two opportunities for the campus community to watch:

Monday, 9/11 - 6 p.m., Raccoon Mountain Room (UC)
Tuesday, 9/12 –6 p.m., Raccoon Mountain Room (UC) Free admission.

Viewers may bring their dinner and eat while they watch the documentary.

March 15, 2007

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