SOURCE: Judson Memorial Church

Judson Memorial Church

August 22, 2011 08:30 ET

Getting Through, Not Over, 9/11 at Judson Memorial Church

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 22, 2011) - On September 11, 2011, Judson Memorial Church will present an exhibition and play reading on faith and transformation after the attacks of 9/11 at 55 Washington Square South, New York City. Featured are the works of photographer Carla Shapiro, artist S.B. Woods, playwright Peter-Adrian Cohen, and director Thom Fogarty.

"Many people want to get over things that have hurt them. Few understand we have to get through them," says Senior Minister Donna Schaper. "In the case of 9/11, we have opened a great national conversation about what constitutes grief and sacred space and how revenge is not the route through, but the route around. It is time to turn the page on revenge and understand that sacred space is larger than any one grief or any one religion."

"Obituaries to Prayer Flags," is a photo exhibition by Carla Shapiro honoring those who died on 9/11. For four hours per day over five months, Shapiro hand-copied 2500 obituaries from the New York Times of those who died in the World Trade Towers. "As I wrote," says Shapiro, "I became intrigued with the words that represented each person and created an art project that was full of peace instead of death." She photographed the instillation hanging outside over a stream that finally came to represent Tibetan prayer flags.

"Meditation on Mourning" by Susan Brown Woods is an installation of life-sized female figures wrapped in cloth, marble dust, and ash. Woods explains "The women are representative of land and procreation -- equally restful in their positions and in pain."

The exhibit runs from September 11-30 and October 7-9 from 12:30-6:00 PM.

Director Thom Fogarty will present a staged reading of Peter-Adrian Cohen's stirring new play, IN THE NAME OF GOD based on the PBS FRONTLINE documentary FAITH AND DOUBT AT GROUND ZERO by Helen Whitney. Using testimony from the film and Cohen's research, the play follows six people about what they saw and felt on 9/11. Through their agonizing doubt -- or perhaps because of it -- they ask, "Where was God that day?" The cast includes: Frank Anderson, Rev. Michael Ellick, Diane Kagan, George Kareman, Grace Zandarski, Lulu Fogarty, and Joseph Melendez.

Visit to see sample images of the exhibition and more information.

For 120 years, Judson Memorial Church in New York City has been a sanctuary for progressive activism and artistic expression. Led by Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, Senior Minister, and Rev. Minister Michael Ellick, Minister, Judson is open to all -- regardless of faith -- and is affiliated with United Church of Christ and American Baptist Churches.

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