Pastor begins 21-day fast to commemorate 9-11

The Rev. David Duncombe of the Columbia River Fellowship for Peace began a 21-day fast Aug. 21 to commemorate the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

“For me, this is a fast to remember the deaths of all people connected with the 9-11 attack on our country,” Duncombe said. “You might call it a mourner’s fast. I see the fasting of us all as an act of spiritual significance — something that connects us to everyone who died in the shadow of 9-11.”

Duncombe, of White Salmon, Wash., will be joined by two other men who plan 11-day fasts: Lou DeSitter of Hood River, and Paul Woolery, also of White Salmon.

Community members are welcome to join the fast. Organizer Paul Blackburn said more than three dozen people have already signed up to participate — many for a day. Registration can be done at Waucoma Bookstore or by e-mailing Blackburn at

The Rev. Duncombe is a veteran of several extended fasts, most recently one for 45 days in l999, and another for 50 days in 2000, both of which he did to bring national attention to the subject of debt relief for impoverished nations.

The current fast will end at Wilson Park in Hood River on Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. with a short service by Rev. Duncombe, and a simple potluck dinner. The event will be attended by Francis Moore Lappé, the author of “Diet for a Small Planet.”

Lappé will then offer the keynote address of the week-long series of events commemorating 9-11 at the Hood River Middle School at 7 p.m.

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