9/11, Emergence, and Education

9/11, Emergence, and Education


On this anniversary of 9/11, I want to pass along an interview I did last year with my friend Rev. Dr. Fred Burnham regarding his personal experience at Ground Zero and how it led to his discovery of emergence theory, as he saw it play out in real life in the days following this national disaster.

When planes crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, Fred (then Director of Trinity Institute) was hosting the Most Rev. Dr. Rowan Williams (then the Archbishop of Wales) at Trinity Church, just one block south of Ground Zero. Both Fred and Bishop Williams (the future Archbishop of Canterbury) thought they were going to die many times that fateful morning. But they both survivied, and Fred threw himself into the recovery effort, becoming a night supervisor at the relief ministry for emergency workers that emerged at St. Paul’s (a chapel of Trinity Church), directly across the street from the World Trade Center site.

Since the recovery operation closed down in 2002, Fred has traveled the country speaking about the holistic healing process at St. Paul’s Chapel that brought about the miraculous transformation of countless lives at Ground Zero. Through stories about heroic acts of goodness and compassion in the face of desolation, Fred seeks to contribute to the creation of a new global sense of human dignity and solidarity.

Fred has said of 9/11, “As a night supervisor of the ministry at Ground Zero, I watched as a totally random but amazingly gifted gang of volunteers spontaneously organized themselves into the most loving and compassionate community of ingenious human beings that I have ever known—a vivid and dramatic foretaste of God’s kingdom.”

Watch my video interview with Fred Burnham:

Educating My Kids About 9/11
I had a conversation about the 9/11 anniversary with my two oldest kids on the way to dropping them off at school yesterday. My daughter, who was not even one year old when 9/11 occurred, was able to tell me that 9/11 was when the “twin buildings collapsed,” and when I asked her why, she said it was because a plane hit them. She thought it was an accident, and I had to tell her that there were actually two planes (one for each building) and that it was not an accident. That, in fact, “terrorists” had done this, which leads to the whole “What is a ‘terrorist,’ Daddy?” conversation …

I’d love to find a video online that gives a sober, accurate re-telling of what happened on 9/11 that can help educate my kids about this day and the significance of it. Unfortunately, it appears that nearly everything on YouTube is a “9/11 Truth” conspiracy video. Does anyone have any suggestions for 9/11-related videos that give a good overview for kids (ages 3-9)? Please post the links in the comments!



Posted on 09-11-2009

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