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Two weeks after the attack on the World Trade Center and one week after the planned rebooting of his alternative worship services, the Rev. Lyndon Harris, pastor of St. Paul’s Chapel, charged with developing ministries there, found himself unable to seek out a new congregation – they’d been too busy finding him.
For suddenly and unexpectedly, following the September 11 disaster, as thousands of rescuers, recovery workers, volunteers, journalists, and local residents converged nearRead more
For many years, Joe Breed, Executive Director of Saint Margaret’s House, Trinity Church’s pioneering housing facility for seniors and the disabled, practiced preparing for disaster assistance with a most unlikely model: imagining that a plane has just crashed into his building or the building next door.
"In the nursing home industry,” he says, “we always used that scenario. I always thought it was completely ridiculous. Couldn’t
In 1975, John Liegel, a young New York City police officer, was directing traffic when a bomb exploded at LaGuardia Airport. In February 1993, just reporting for duty at his post as Port Authority police officer assigned to the World Trade Center complex, he heard the impact of that car bombing. In 1994, he was seriously injured in the Fulton Street subway station explosion. “I was standing by the Millennium Hotel when the bombRead more
On September 11, as the first of the World Trade Center’s towers fell, Father Milton Williams crawled underneath a car on Fulton Street opposite the center and breathed, for some shocking seconds, black air that entered his lungs feeling like fiberglass.
One month later, he has made a habit of standing near his church and waiting. He has fashioned for himself a new kind of street-corner preaching, one in which he provides what he calls “the ministry of presence” to emergencyRead more
Hundreds of miles away from “Ground Zero”, Page Case couldn’t take it any more. Four weeks later, with her women’s group, she’d helped her church, St. Thomas Episcopal on the Isle of Hope, near Savannah, Georgia, to raise $10,000 for ongoing relief efforts in New York City.
“She was glued to the television coverage,” says her husband, Mark Case, also a member of St. Thomas. What specifically motivated her was learning about Fr. Lyndon Harris and the massive relief operation at St.Read more
On September 11 Trinity Church was hosting the Archbishop of Wales, Rowan Williams, widely considered to be one of the most profound theologians in the Anglican Communion. He had come to New York to deliver the Hobart Lecture at the Cathedral and we had retained a day of his time to shoot a video on "The Shape of Holy Life." Twenty-two spiritual practitioners from around the country had joined us to engage Rowan Williams in dialogue. The shoot was to begin at 9:30 am.
The displaced members of Trinity Church, at the corner of Wall Street and Broadway, will reclaim their Gothic building slowly, guided by the step-by-step easing of restrictions on access to lower Manhattan which will mark the area's return from hell. A first important step was taken at 10 am Wednesday September 19: as the church bell's struck the hour, Trinity's grand bronze doors were opened and the Financial District's new community — emergency workers dazed by their round-the-clock workRead more
Grant us, O Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure. Or in the idiom of an older time, to cleave to those that shall abide.
How many times have you and I sung or read that perfect gem of a collect for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost—a prayer which crystallizes such a vast expanse of Christian doctrine. In the wake of the attack on the WorldRead more
On Tuesday September 11, like many others occupying offices in the skyscrapers that reached to the knees of the World Trade Center in New York, the Rev. Dr. Daniel Paul Matthews, Rector of Trinity Church in lower Manhattan, thought he was going to die. The south tower fell, and he rushed outside with the others into the smoke and debris -- or, as he puts it, into “the black.” He was given a white mask to breathe through and made his way slowly south.
Twelve days later it was back toRead more
Sermon preached by the rev. Daniel Paul Matthews, D.D., rector of the parish of Trinity Church, Wall Street.
Dust. Dust. Everywhere. Everywhere, everywhere, everywhere, dust, dust. Everything covered in dust. Unbelievable. We couldn't imagine how the whole of south Manhattan Island could become covered in dust.
It wasn't long before we began saying, what should we dust off first? What should be the priority in getting rid of some of the dust? And we decided the first thing wasRead more