Marine turned Army chaplain the Rev. David W. Peters, who won Trinity Wall Street’s 2015 Reconciliation Preaching Prize, urged New Yorkers on the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks Friday, to learn how to reconcile and put the lesson into practice.
Speaking at the St. Paul’s Chapel which forms part of the Episcopal Parish of Trinity Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City, Peters delivered a sermon titled “Learning War and Reconciliation” in which he declared: “Jesus makes it clear, you don’t do forgiveness you have to be forgiveness. You don’t do reconciliation, you have to be reconciliation.”
Peters, 39, is a resident of Texas where he is studying for a master of arts in religion degree at the Seminary of the Southwest. He is also curate at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown, Texas.
A statement from Trinity Wall Street said Peters entered the contest on preaching reconciliation because he realized how 9/11 has shaped the trajectory of his own life and left a huge wound on the collective American psyche.
“Reconciliation and healing need to flow in those places. I’d like to be part of this. I’d like to be part of this movement of reconciliation,” said Peters in a statement prior to delivering his sermon. “I am deeply honored to be able to speak about healing and the way forward at St. Paul’s Chapel, a sanctuary for renewal and inspiration since the dark days of 9/11.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post