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Aug 222011

If you missed Terry Helwig’s presentation of her Thread Project, commemorating the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, you’ll want to watch the video version on youtube.    The audience was deeply moved by the compelling story Terry has lived and shared.

It is in five parts:


Terry‘s project has grown into an international crusade to celebrate diversity, encourage tolerance and promote compassionate community.  Terry recruited weavers world-wide to set up 49 looms on six continents.  The resulting world tapestry- woven with tens of thousands of threads gathered from people of all faiths, cultures and ideologies- offers a compelling invitation to weave hope, compassion and love into the fabric of every human life.

She writes, “I always found a thread of hope to sustain me. That’s why, after 9/11, I cut a piece of blue twine and twirled it between my fingertips; it personified my shred of hope. I decided to find out if others felt as I did.” She writes, “Some say our world is hanging by a thread.  I say—a thread is all we need. Over the course of five years, I invited people world-wide to send me their threads of hope and goodwill. I was amazed as thousands of threads began to arrive. I had no way of knowing then that five years later my blue thread of hope, woven together with tens of thousands of other threads, would find its way into St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City, across from Ground Zero, for the five-year anniversary of 9/11. As the colorful tapestries hung from the balconies, I stepped up to the microphone to share the story of how one small thread had brought me there.”  The Thread Project tapestries are a metaphor for the fabric of life we all share. We all are part of the same cloth–more alike than different. Global change is not easy, but surely it isn’t impossible. Maybe it happens slowly, one thread at a time.

Our own Dr. John R. Johnson introduced Terry and her compelling Thread Project.  John was on the scene as the planes flew into the World Trade Center and has reflected over the years on the psychological trauma brought on by that tragic day. Dr. John R. Johnson is a Jungian analyst and supervising psychologist for the C.G. Jung Institute in New York City.


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