NEW YORK — Marine turned Army chaplain the Rev. David W. Peters, who won Trinity Wall Street's 2015 Reconciliation Preaching Prize, urged New Yorkers on the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks Friday, to learn how to reconcile and put the lesson into practice.
Speaking at the St. Paul's Chapel which forms part of the Episcopal Parish of Trinity Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City, Peters delivered a sermon titled "Learning War and Reconciliation" in which he declared: "Jesus makes it clear, you don't do forgiveness you have to be forgiveness. You don't do reconciliation, you have to be reconciliation."
Peters, 39, is a resident of Texas where he is studying for a master of arts in religion degree at the Seminary of the Southwest. He is also curate at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown, Texas. more >>
NEW YORK — At 8:46 a.m. on Friday, the exact time when the first plane crashed into 1 World Trade Center, North Tower on Sept. 11, 2001, the Rev. William Lupfer, rector of Trinity Wall Street church, rang the Bell of Hope in the churchyard of the historic St. Paul's Chapel. The chapel forms part of the Episcopal Parish of Trinity Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City.
He rang the bell in a solemn pattern of "four fives," the traditional firefighters' salute to the fallen, as a small gathering of people quietly bowed their heads as he remembered the victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Flight 93 on the 14th anniversary of 9/11.
To remember the fallen, the bell, which was gifted to New York City in 2002 by the city of London, has been rung each year on 9/11 since the first anniversary of the terrorist attack. more >>
NEW YORK — A Vermont-based Mennonite who makes the journey to New York City each Sept. 11 to bring hope and healing to local residents after the terrorist attacks that killed over 3,000 people in 2001, says people seem to become less receptive to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ every year.
Bryan Hess, a member of Green Mountain Mennonite Fellowship in Bennington, joins dozens of other Mennonites each year at the World Trade Center as part of an outreach ministry that includes handing out tracts, singing hymns and distribution of water bottles.
Speaking to The Christian Post on Friday, Hess explained how things have changed in the area since 2001. more >>
Vice President Joe Biden told Stephen Colbert on "The Late Show" on Thursday that his Roman Catholic faith and its rituals have helped him deal with some of the biggest tragedies in his life, such as losing his son, Beau, to brain cancer earlier this year. Biden also admitted that he's still not sure if he will run for president in the 2016 elections.
"My son was better than me. He was better than me in every way," Biden said about Beau. The vice president remembered his own father's saying, "Never complain and never explain," and added: "I never once, my word as a Biden, never ever heard my child complain."
Joseph "Beau" Biden III, who was a former attorney general of Delaware, died in May at the age of 46, following a battle with brain cancer. Biden was also an Iraq War veteran, a major in the Delaware National Guard, and the recipient of the Bronze Star. more >>
5 Seconds of Summer recently performed at the their first major show in New York last week to sing their latest hits.
Rising Australian pop punk group 5 Seconds of Summer, who first gained attention covering popular songs on YouTube followed by a tour with British group One Direction, have played their first big gig in a sold-out New York City show at the Jones Beach Nikon ampitheater.
The show, which forms part of their "Rock Out with Your Socks Out" tour, that jumped off in Portugal this May, also presented a venue for the group to promote their upcoming second studio album, "Sounds Good Feels Good," which is scheduled for an October 23 release. more >>
NEW YORK — Each year, thousands of Americans are left with nothing after a fire ravages their homes, and many victims are bewildered when it comes to the process of putting their lives back together.
From 2011 to 2013, residential building fires made up 58 percent of the total dollar loss from all fires, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Philip Rao, a resident of Staten Island, New York, whose co-op was burned down in 2014, experienced such loss first-hand. Fortunately, however, he was able to recover many of his possessions through insurance.
Instead of simply chalking his experience up to good preparation, Rao, a committed Christian and New York City chaplain, saw an opportunity to serve the Lord by not only raising awareness about fire insurance, but also by helping New Yorkers who just lost everything through his innovative new ministry, SI Angels of Hope. more >>