For all our readers in Upstate New York, here’s an opportunity to be inspired as a parent and learn more about two mothers who decided to embrace courage instead of fear, in the face of the devastating deaths of their husbands on 9/11, through supporting Afghan widows.
Special Film Event – This Saturday and Sunday, March 26 &27, 2011: Beyond Belief
Film (92 mins.) followed by Q & A with Susan Retik
All proceeds donated to Beyond the 11th non-profit organization.
Susan Retik and Patti Quigley were both pregnant when their husbands were killed on 9/11. Family, friends, and support from around the world enabled them to rebuild their lives. Choosing to transcend the prevalent response of anger and violent retaliation, they founded the organization Beyond the 11th to reach out to Afghan widows with whom they felt a kinship. In 2006, Susan and Patti traveled to Afghanistan to meet their Afghan counterparts and see firsthand the work of the organization they founded. Beyond Belief documents this journey. Beyond the 11th is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that empowers widows in Afghanistan who have been afflicted by war, terrorism, and oppression. It supports programs that enable widows to support themselves and their families by providing grants to partner NGOs in Afghanistan and funding education and incomegeneration opportunities that are sustainable and culturally appropriate.
You can also rent this movie at your local video store, or order it on Netflix or Amazon.
Prepare to be inspired by how it is possible from out of the ashes of devastating loss, great courage and humanitarianism can emerge!
Two showings of the film: (Tickets available at the door)
March 26, 2011
First Unitarian Universalist
Society of Albany (FUUSA)
405 Washington Ave
Gannet Auditorium, Skidmore College
815 North Broadway
Suggested donation: $10