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North Central College to host Naperville community event commemorating 9/11

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The Commander Dan Shanower Memorial. (Photo courtesy City of Naperville)
The Commander Dan Shanower Memorial. (Photo courtesy City of Naperville)

Community members are invited to North Central College on Sunday, Sept. 11, for a 9/11 remembrance ceremony.

Naperville’s “9/11 Community Event: Remember, Release, Renew” invites people to come together to remember and honor those lost on 9/11/2001, to continue to release the pain and hurt, and to renew personal and community commitment to treat each other with respect, regardless of race, sex or religion—to build a “community of compassion.”

The event begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave.

As representatives from various religious groups in Naperville began planning the event, they became aware of a “Charter for Compassion,” a worldwide effort in which individuals, groups and cities affirm their commitment to “treat all others as we wish to be treated.”

“It’s been 10 years since the horrors of 9/11, and our community has come a long way in living together peaceably, but we can do more,” says Lynn Pries, North Central College chaplain. “This event promotes understanding and tolerance, which leads to a peaceful community. When we heard about the City of Compassion and read its charter, we immediately thought this would be helpful for Naperville. We hope that this event will provide a springboard to move forward in building a community of compassion.”

The 9/11 Community Event consists of three segments, and everyone is invited to participate in any or all of them. Beginning at 4 p.m., a participatory art project in the foyer of Wentz Concert Hall will include various hands-on activities designed for the entire family. Participants will have the opportunity to read and sign the Charter for Compassion, where each individual will affirm a commitment to treat all others as we wish to be treated.

At 5 p.m. the event moves inside Wentz Concert Hall. Representatives from numerous Naperville-area Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, and other spiritual and philosophic traditions will present readings, music and a time for meditation and reflection. The event will encourage everyone to join together as one united voice to affirm our connection to each other, our humanity and our shared vision of peace.

The event will culminate with a short procession at 6 p.m. to the Naperville Riverwalk. Artwork created earlier in the event will be carried and displayed.

This event is planned by the One Naperville Project and the Naperville Interfaith Leadership Association (NILA). Email for information about volunteer opportunities or visit to learn more.

Since its launch in November 2009, nearly 75,000 individuals have affirmed the Charter for Compassion, which aims to bring compassion back to the forefront of morality and humanity. In addition, many cities, including Seattle, WA, and Chicago, have committed, or are working toward committing to the 10-Year Campaign for Compassionate Cities, in which citizens, government and institutions work together to apply compassionate solutions to meet the needs of the community. The vision of the One Naperville project is to promote and advocate for Naperville as the next designated City of Compassion. Visit to learn more.