On May 10th, 2011, Odyssey Networks brought together a dynamic panel of interfaith leaders, artists and people from all faith traditions to begin "9/11: The Conversation We Never Had". Featured presenters included Rabbi David Saperstein of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Eboo Patel of the Interfaith Youth Core, and Bishop Yvette Flunder of The Fellowship.
The event delved into the difficult topics that surround the upcoming commemoration: notions of "sacred space" and what it means for those mourning loved ones; last year's controversy over Park 51 and the fears that lay behind it; politics and the politicization of 9/11; and the impact of media on the way we may come to understand and make sense of perhaps the most significant day of the new millennium.
In his opening remarks Rabbi Saperstein asks what can religions do to strengthen moderate religions in their own faith groups in the face of religious fundamentalism. Watch the short version, 9/11 Conversations: Rabbi Saperstein's Thoughts on Religious Fundamentalism.