It is hard to visualize reconstruction in the face of dramatic destruction. The site of the World Trade Center's Twin Towers will be marked by a memorial plaza that "reflects absence." It will be a grove of trees containing two large voids containing recessed pools. The area will encompass the "footprint" of the twin towers. The area is envisioned as a living park of deciduous trees and low ground cover. The borders of the pools will have ramps leading down to the memorial spaces intending to remove visitors from the sights and sounds of the city, while providing darker, contemplative space.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.