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Names of those killed are etched onto the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. Photo by Fran Coode Walsh, United Methodist Communications.

Photo by Fran Coode Walsh, United Methodist Communications

15 years later: United Methodists remember 9/11


September 11, 2001 was a day no one can forget as lives were rocked across the U.S. and the world. We reached out to United Methodists living in New York at the time for this exclusive series of stories in which church leaders and members reflect on what happened that dark day and what lessons have impacted their lives and their congregations since then. 

It was not an easy thing to relive such hard memories but those we interviewed hope their words will help others continue to work for a more peaceful world. As you mark 9/11, we share this prayer for reflection also.

O God,
In commemorating this tragedy,
we give you thanks for your presence
in our time of need
and we seek to worship you in Spirit and in truth,
our guide and our guardian. Amen.

from A Prayer for the Anniversary of 9/11” by the Rev. Jeremy Pridgeon

This series was produced by United Methodist Communications. Media contact is Fran Walsh.

15th anniversary remembrances
A photo taken following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York shows a memorial on the street. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Rodia, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodists Recall 9/11 in New York

15 years later, New Yorkers remember how their home churches stepped up to feed and care for neighbors following the 2001 terrorist attacks. View

The base of a statue of George Washington in Union Square Park, New York City, became a place where expressions of love were shared in chalk in the days following 9/11. Photo courtesy Jennifer Rodia, United Methodist Communications.

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The Rev. K Karpen remembers an impromptu interfaith service that drew hundreds to The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew following 9/11.

9/11 in New York: Rev. K Karpen

Tragedy led to an impromptu interfaith worship service at a church near Ground Zero. “We were looking to each other for words and prayers all day long.” View

The Reverend Stephen Bauman of Christ Church United Methodist talks about how neighbors came together in New York after 9/11.

9/11 in New York: Rev. Stephen Bauman

Pastor recalls seeing the best in people on that awful day in 2001. “Would that we could rise to our best without such an awful event.” View

Rev. Elyse Ambrose of the Church of the Village United Methodist talks about pastoring a church close to Ground Zero on the anniversary of 9/11.

9/11 in New York: Rev. Elyse Ambrose

Young pastor says 9/11 started a conversation that is still going on today about how people of many faiths can live together. View