September 11, Ten Years Later
September 11, 2001, Noon.
We had watched in horror from our 16th floor office windows as both towers lit up, then fell into a cloud of smoke and ash. We are now in the chapel of the Interchurch Center in Morningside Heights, and I am facing hundreds who have gathered to pray. For the previous hour we had been doing what millions did throughout the metropolis, trying to track down loved ones in lower Manhattan. Now the chapel is filled with people not knowing their fate. As our prayer I asked people to name the folks on their hearts and in their concern. continue Open letter to Lutheran CORE (A personal perspective of one who attended the meeting)
October 12, 2009
Are you serious? I attended your conference in Indiana because my heart is with you and I honor and respect your significant place in the fabric of the flawed, beautiful tapestry which makes up the ELCA. When one member of the body of Christ hurts, we all hurt. I was there to listen, to absorb with the heart as well as the head not only the pain but also the resolve to bear witness and plan for the future. It was a sobering experience. continue Carta abierta a Lutheran CORE (Perspectiva personal de alguien que asistió a la reunión)
12 de octubre, 2009
¿Hablan en serio? Asistí a su conferencia en Indiana porque mi corazón está con ustedes y honro y respeto el importante lugar que ocupan en el tejido del imperfecto y bello tapiz que es la Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en América (IELA). continúe
Chapter One: Eyewitness
On the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. This is always a tender time for me. It was a time of unspeakable suffering, fear and sadness. It was also a time of deep spiritual solidarity. Below is a link to the online journal I kept as a way of giving witness to the grace and faith all around us in New York, and a way of reaching out to the prayers and love across the country and around the world. In everything, God is with us.
"Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed."
Luke 1: 1-4
9-11-01: “At around 9am. This morning we noticed smoke coming from the south as we looked out the window of our office, in the midst of a meeting. Soon the horrible news began to arrive. Most of the staff was in for a staff meeting. We began to do what people throughout the metropolitan area are doing, trying to track down loved ones who work in lower Manhattan. Gary Mills of our staff finally heard from a nephew who works on the 86th floor of the South Building of the World Trade Center. My wife, Janet was turned aside at the George Washington Bridge, on her way to a meeting in the area of the World Trade Center. And so it has gone. continue