community comes together
Americans reeled and reacted to the tragic terrorist attacks of
Sept. 11, U.Va. was no exception. This issue of Inside UVA captures
some of the reactions and mourning that we, as U.S. citizens or
members of the human community, are going through.
immediacy of e-mail and the Internet made it possible for U.Va.
President John T. Casteen III to send to the University community
several messages with information about counseling, blood drives
and vigils, along with moral guidance. Faculty came forward to
share their expertise with various news media, offering their
perspectives towards trying to understand last weeks events,
from terrorism to trauma in children. Along with candlelight prayer
gatherings, some faculty led a discussion about the Middle East,
touching upon politics, U.S. foreign policy, and humanitarian
and cultural aspects.
the first news that something terrible was happening in New York
City to the memorial service at University Hall on Friday, which
President George W. Bush declared A Day of Prayer and Remembrance,
the University, along with the worlds communities, suffered
and stood together. Classes were canceled and University offices
closed for two hours midday to allow members of the University
community to gather for prayer and reflection.
the tone at U.Va. for the poems and writings faculty members and
students read to a crowd of nearly 6,000 members of the U.Va.
community Sept. 14, Casteen characterized the human qualities
we must call upon to prevail over terrorism. What follows is an
excerpt from his remarks.
Students, faculty, staff, members of United Ministries, our neighbors
and friends are gathered today as we have been gathered
repeatedly when words were to be said or compassion expressed
since early Tuesday morning. We come from all over this nation,
from all parts of the globe, from many different faith communities.
We gather to affirm that love is greater than hate; that friendship
is stronger than enmity; good is stronger than evil that
tolerance for difference is the way to peace, that working together
to build rather than to destroy is our makers purpose for
we understand that we were made in the image of a creator, not
a destroyer. Today we affirm that together we will rebuild what
hate has destroyed, and that what we build anew we will build
better. Today we raise our voices to say yes to life
person alone is weak. Together, let us be strong. Today is our
national day of prayer and remembrance. I ask you to stand now
and either pray with me or remember in your own way those who
have died so horribly, those who survive and merit our compassion
and human kindness, and all those who share our conviction that
human virtue, civilization, goodness, and the values that accompany
these signs of our common value endure, and to attest the triumph
of good over evil.
a timeline of University responses, updated continuously on the
Top News Daily Web site, see http://www.virginia.edu/topnews/