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October 2001

As the nation continues to try making sense of the September 11th attacks and of new biological warfare threats, many are turning to religion for comfort, guidance and understanding. Here is a sampling of viewpoints from religious organizations and writers.
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•Rev. Steve Cornils, pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
He told MPR's Cathy Wurzer that church attendance has increased dramatically since the September 11 attacks. Listen to the interview.

•Fr. James Grogan, pastor at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Cottage Grove.
He writes about reconciling belief in a loving God with the presence of evil.

•Rabbi Barry Cytron directs the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish-Christian Learning, a partnership of St. John's University and the University of St. Thomas.
His Oct. 14 column in the Star Tribunediscusses the role of sacred writings in teaching religious tolerance.

National Council of Churches
An Interfaith Statement: Deny Them Their Victory: A Religious Response to Terrorism.

• Writer Terry Mattingly teaches at Palm Beach Atlantic College and is senior fellow for journalism at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. His column at recounts one priest's sermon after the attacks.
Online information for the Jewish community, including commentaries, analysis and resources.

Twin Cities Area Muslim Network
Resources for the Muslim community in the Twin Cities.

Council on American-Islamic Relations
Online news, commentary and information for the Muslim community.

The Gandhi Institute
Thoughts on non-violence as a response to terrorism.

•The terrorist attacks have renewed speculation that the end of the world may be near. An article at Christianity Today examines those claims.

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Church statements on the terrorist attacks and aftermath.

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