On the anniversary of the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima, residents there hold an annual memorial ceremony emphasizing peace.
"Can we not do the same with 9/11?" Lodi Pastor Mark Price asked.
Price, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, wants to do just that. He's heading up a special program on Sept. 11 to bring together Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jews and other faiths in Lodi.
He's calling the event a "Communitywide Gathering for Peace." It will be held at 3 p.m. at Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St. The public is welcome.
"The idea is to create a place of dialogue within our community," Price said.
So far, Price has arranged for leaders from the Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist, Disciples of Christ/United Church of Christ, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist and Jewish faiths to participate.
Each church leader will recite a sacred writing, prayer or song from his or her faith. In some cases, readings will be in more than one language, Price said. A reception will be held after the program so that people from different faiths and cultures can meet each other, Price said.
Any religious leader in the Lodi area who wants to participate in the 9/11 event may contact Price at 368-2747.