Every generation of Americans has had a crisis, whether it be war or natural disaster, that has helped define it. This generation is no different. The Millennials, now entering the workforce, were forever shaped by the events of 9/11.
Many experts who study characteristics of generations have labeled the Millennials as a generation that is more family and team oriented, less worried about financial gain, and less comfortable with taking risks than the Generation X that came before it. According to a poll released by the Brookings Institution this year, 60 percent of young people say the United States is too involved in global affairs, and 80 percent say they can’t foresee a future without the threat of terrorism.
Would the MIllennials have turned out the same way without having experienced the terror attacks as children between the ages of 8 and 19? Possibly. However, after seeing hundreds of young people celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden in May, it’s easy to see that the attacks had a real, long, and lasting impact on this generation. more >>
Churches across the country are paying tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who died 10 years ago on Sept. 11. "We remember" is the phrase many are using as the nation mourns the tragic day of the terrorist attacks.
Pastors and Christian ministry leaders offered some brief reflections on the 10th anniversary of the attacks on their Twitter and blog pages. The following is a compilation of their statements.
"The legacy of 9/11...set aside self-interest and petty partisanship and pursues solutions for our common good."– Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family more >>
As the nation marks the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, writer Paul Berman asks an important question in the New Republic: “Do ideas matter?”
The answer is emphatically, yes! But do we in the post-modern West truly understand the power of ideas?
We ought to. Just go back to the years preceding the attacks: In November 1989, the Berlin Wall came down. Two years later, the Soviet Union itself collapsed and, without any exchange of fire between the principals, the Cold War was over. more >>
NEW YORK – Despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s firm decision to not allow religious leaders to offer words of prayer at the 9/11 Memorial Service Sunday, one pastor believes the event will still be about God and prayer.
Steve Stone, founding pastor of the Tennessee-based Heartsong Church, which lets Muslims borrow its sanctuary for worship when the Memphis Islamic Center was under construction last year, commented on the exclusion of religion from the 9/11 service when he was in New York City on Friday to participate in an evangelical press conference about the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
While many religious leaders, including Christians, have protested Bloomberg’s decision to keep religion out of the civil ceremony, Stone told The Christian Post he is actually glad that no religious speakers were invited to speak at the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist attack. more >>
In an event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center destruction and events of 9/11, global evangelical leaders came together Friday to call for unity between different groups and religions to bring about lasting change.
The World Evangelical Alliance joined with Sojourners to promote discussion surrounding the Sept. 11 tragedy that occurred 10 years ago.
Pastor Steve Stone, founder of Tennessee-based Heartsong Church, spoke about his involvement with the Muslim community. more >>
Genelle Guzman-McMillan insists that it is not fear that keeps her from returning to Manhattan's ground zero. The Port Authority employee, now also an author, says that it is the ordeal of reliving how two hijacked planes 10 years ago sent the World Trade Center crumbling, burying her co-workers and herself beneath piles of rubble. As Guzman-McMillan lay buried alive for nearly 30 hours, the screams she heard in the darkness around her soon faded away. She was alone, she thought, and could think of only one thing to do – cry out to God.
As Guzman-McMillan tells it 10 years later, Sept. 11, 2001, was just another normal day. Things were going great between herself and her boyfriend, she was happy with her job on the 64th floor of the WTC's north tower, and, despite her religious upbringing, she was getting along fine without God, having rejected Him long ago.
Guzman-McMillan recounts her story of survival and salvation in Angel in the Rubble: the Miraculous Rescue of 9/11's Last Survivor, released last month by Simon & Schuster. Within the space of 240 pages, the Trinidadian native shares how she and her co-workers started to flee their office in the 110-story building and how she paused on the 13th floor to remove her high-heels. It was then, Guzman-McMillan says, that her whole world literally came crashing down and her life changed forever. more >>