Lyndon Harris, a native of Gaffney, SC, is featured at an exhibit at the Cherokee Country history and arts museum until 9/11. He will be speaking on Thursday, September 2, at 7:00PM at the museum on 301 College Drive, Gaffney, SC
Here is a video interview which Gaffney did for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Local Minister to Speak at 20th Anniversary Observance of 9/11 in NYC
In 2001, Lyndon Harris was serving as priest in charge of St. Paul’s Chapel, an Episcopal chapel directly across the street from the World Trade Center. Lyndon was there when the terrorists attacked and the Twin Towers collapsed. For the next eight months, he served first responders and emergency personnel by setting up a relief mission, providing a safe haven from the devastation at Ground Zero. He and a team of volunteers worked tirelessly to provide over a half million meals, chiropractic care, grief counseling, religious services and even concerts for the 9/11 workers. For the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Lyndon will return to Saint Paul’s, to be a part of the Calling of Names Ceremony, and to offer a reflection for the volunteers.
Harris now serves as the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Carolina Foothills, a congregation with members from several towns along I-74 and I-26. This Sunday, September 5 at 10:30, he will share stories and lessons from his harrowing experience and its aftermath. The event will take place at the Whimsical World Gallery on 116 Jones Street in Landrum, SC.
In the twenty years since the World Trade Center disaster, Harris has dedicated his time and energy to a mission of Forgiveness, and inspired the creation of “Gardens of Forgiveness” in several countries. There’s even a local one in Zirconia, where Harris and his wife Maria now call home. He continues to serve as speaker, coach, and workshop leader to churches and organizations around the globe.
More information about Lyndon Harris and his work can be found at www.LyndonHarris.com. The UU Church of the Carolina Foothills (www.uufcf.org) meets the first and third Sundays of each month at the Whimsical World Gallery at 116 Jones Street in Landrum.
“No More Shall Grief of Mine the Season Wrong”
September 19, 2021 10:30AM
Whimsical World Gallery, 116 Jones St., Landrum, SC
Reverend Ernie Mills
Most of our beliefs, attitudes and sentiments toward aging and death have been shaped over the millennia by mythologies found in the Bible. The very opening of Genesis describes how Eve and Adam brought death into the world because they disobeyed God’s command not to eat the forbidden fruit. Death, then, is understood to be a “punishment for sins,” which became a core belief of Paul’s gospel and subsequently of Christianity. My hope is to counter these attitudes and beliefs and offer another perspective that gives more grace and dignity to the process of aging, dying and death. Rather than resist or deny aging, the question is, how can we embrace it and grow wiser for it? Carl Jung, the founder of Depth Psychology once said “death can become a goal toward which we strive.”
The Future of our Past: Some thoughts on 9/11 twenty years on
September 5, 2021 10:30AM
Whimsical World Gallery, 116 Jones St., Landrum SC
On September 5th our minister, Lyndon Harris, will share stories and lessons from his first-hand experience of the terrorists’ attacks in NYC on September 11, 2001. At the time Lyndon was serving as priest in charge of Saint Paul’s Chapel, the Episcopal chapel directly across the street from the former World Trade Center. Lyndon will recount his harrowing journey from being at the foot of the South Tower as the second hi-jacked airplane collided with it, to setting up a relief mission to serve first responders and emergency personnel working in the devastated WTC site. For 8.5 months Lyndon and an amazing team of volunteers sought to meet the needs of first responders, serving over 1⁄2 million meals, and providing services such as massage therapy, chiropractic care, grief counseling, religious services and music. Saint Paul’s Chapel was described as an “oasis of Heaven in the midst of Hell.”
Someone once asked Mr. Rogers how to speak to the children about 9/11, and he responded, “Tell them to keep their eyes on the helpers.” Sage advice. Please join us on Sunday September 5th as Lyndon shares stories, photos, and remembrances of the amazing helpers – firefighters, police officers, construction workers, and volunteers – who courageously served our country in response to the attacks on 9/11 in NYC.
Spiritual Empowerment after the Pandemic: Claiming Your Role as the Author of Your Life in the “Next” Normal.
As of May 12th, over 153 million people have received one or both doses of a COVID vaccine in the U.S. With vaccines now available on demand, we have entered a new era of public health. Despite the efforts of those who oppose or are afraid of getting a vaccine, we are on our way toward the “next” normal: cautiously eating in restaurants, meeting in small groups, and reconnecting with family members and loved ones. But are there spiritual principles and resources available to guide our way?
Come join us at 10:30 as we explore the wisdom of Unitarian Universalism, positive psychology and the science of flourishing to inspire us as we chart our new path toward the future.
Just click on this: Sunday Service or by phone 646-876-9923 – Meeting #998 1166 5596