Ministry at Ground Zero

It's a noun. It's an adjective. It's even a verb. It's church.

Its face is changing and maybe its place is changing, too. Increasingly, church is slipping off its ecclesiastical shackles and moving beyond its walls to respond to people looking for practical spirituality, for faith with some muscle.

Church wants to go where the need is great—to walk its talk, to practice its preachings. Witness St. Paul's Chapel (Episcopal) at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, a building that survived—unshaken—the collapse of the nearby World Trade Center towers. And the ministry itself remains unshaken—as St. Paul's feeds the hunger as well as the heart, keeps its doors—and arms—open to workers, firefighters, and police around the clock.

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A roll-up-your-sleeves life journey
March 4, 2002

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