A church located two blocks from New York City’s ground zero, which was planted in Manhattan shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., will be part of the live webcast memorial services led by Orange County, Calif., megachurch pastor Rick Warren.
The services will be at least partially broadcast from Lower Manhattan Community Church, one of Saddleback’s “daughter churches,” on the weekend of the 10th anniversary of the tragedy.
The full details of the "Hope & Freedom" services have not been disclosed and are still being formulated, said a Saddleback Church spokesperson. Lower Manhattan Community Church is led by Ryan Holladay, the son of Saddleback Church’s associate pastor Tom Holladay. more >>
Pastors and theologians agree that an individual’s core spiritual beliefs play a significant role in determining whether they will choose to believe in God or turn away from religion altogether in the aftermath of a tragedy such as 9/11.
Kurt Fredrickson, an assistant professor of pastoral studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and a police chaplain, says believers and non-believers alike experienced grief, pain and doubt following the terrorist attacks ten years ago that destroyed the Twin Towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
The distinction, he says, is Christians “have a greater ability to go through the trauma, whether it's personal or national... because they have a basic sense of who they are and who God is in their life." more >>
A retired naval officer honored for heroism during the September 11th attack on the Pentagon was found guilty Monday for committing fraud against the 9/11 victim's compensation to the tune of some $330,000. Cmdr. Charles Coughlin of Severna Park, Md., is accused of exaggerating his injuries from when he ran back inside the burning Pentagon to help rescue others.
He had a top-secret security clearance and commanded nuclear submarines and was working at the Pentagon when a plane hijacked by terrorists crashed into the building about 75 feet from his office.
Coughlin was actually awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and Purple Heart for his actions and injuries from that day. The money he was awarded came from the fund set up by Congress after the 2001 attacks. more >>
New Yorkers are more spiritually active today than they were immediately following the 9/11 attacks, according to a new study released today.
As the tenth anniversary of America’s largest terrorist event approaches, Barna Group tracked the long-term spiritual profile at one of the epicenters of the attacks – New York City.
The immediate chaos after the September 11 attacks was unprecedented as millions flocked to churches and houses of worship. The intense, heartbreaking anguish felt by the victims was felt throughout the nation. more >>
The role of the government in disaster relief is the topic of much discussion as Hurricane Irene, now Tropical Storm Irene, pummels New England.
Inevitable comparisons are being drawn to Hurricane Katrina, which hit New Orleans and surrounding areas in 2005. The response from government during and after that catastrophe was widely seen as inadequate, ineffective and incompetent. President George W. Bush, especially, was widely criticized at the time for not getting more personally involved in leading the response effort.
“If you look at the polling from 2005, President Bush's approval rating dropped 4 or 5 points after Katrina, and he never recovered those 4 or 5 points,” noted Ron Brownstein of the National Journal on ABC's “This Week.” more >>
Religious leaders will be excluded from the 10th anniversary memorial service of New York City's 9/11 tragedy. Critics of the decision argue that religious leaders played an important role during and after the tragedy and should be included.
Former New York Deputy Mayor Rudy Washington, who was serving in office at the time of the September 11, 2001 attack, expressed outrage at the exclusion in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
“This is America, and to have a memorial service where there's no prayer, this appears to be insanity to me. I feel like America has lost its way,” Washington said. more >>