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9/11 in New York: Rev. Elyse Ambrose

The Rev. Elyse Ambrose is too young to remember much about the events of September 11, 2001. Ambrose moved to New York City from Georgia and currently serves as the Associate Pastor of Social Justice and Small Groups at Church of the Village United Methodist. She says 9/11 brought an opportunity for dialogue which continues today and it is her job as a pastor to keep the conversation going.

This video was produced by United Methodist Communications in Nashville, TN. Media contact is Joe Iovino.

This video was first posted on September 6, 2016.


The Rev. Elyse Ambrose, Church of the Village United Methodist: I’ve been affiliated with Church of the Village maybe for the last three or four years. 9/11 happened when I was in junior high or maybe high school. Coming into a community that had experienced communal trauma, considering where we’ve been like in eyes' distance of where the two towers were, it’s part of my job, I think, to just feel around it and listen to the stories that people want to share and try to hear from their hearts as far as how this healing process is happening, not only as a faith community, but as a community of people who have to live together. Right?

This world house that we exist in, where Christians are going to exist alongside Muslims, and there’ll be narratives about who’s extreme and who’s doing it right and who’s doing it wrong. And it’s just trying to challenge those narratives that are harmful and that paint people in discriminatory ways. And creating that space where we can hear from one another as human beings, human being to human being, child of God to child of God.

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