9/11/01 and Nurturing

Today we remember the events of 9/11/01. I have been wondering lately how these events have impacted our faith and the faith of our children in North America. How is our faith being tested by the ongoing loss of life and unrest in Iraq, or are most of us happy just living in our newly patched bubbles, or so busy we can’t/won’t spend the energy attending to it? Most of us would admit to very mixed feelings about the use of power by the U.S. government even as we critique our politicians for demonstrating similar uncertainty – the limits of our collective wisdom seem quickly reached.


As I look out of my office window across East Paris Avenue, I see flags flying at half-staff at our governor’s request to honor fallen soldiers from Michigan. Framed by the flagpoles I see trees being cut down and a building site being prepared for our new neighbors – a Muslim temple. What a different world than 6, 10 or 15 years ago – could we have imagined? Whatever else, the events of 9/11/01 pierced the last bubble of insularity and invincibility – we find our world has been forever changed – and in many ways for the better, even as we place less trust in government …or airport security. Yet have these last six years increased our faith or our cynicism and fear?

How have we approached this issue with students? I think that those of us who lived through the Vietnam War are seeing many similarities – great intentions versus questions arising regarding the role of the world’s superpower in the affairs of other countries. How do we balance issues of justice and devastation with allocation of resources away from domestic justice issues? How we handle these difficult issues contributes significantly to the development of a Christian worldview and individual faith development. How have you dealt with these issues with students in a “fair and balanced” manner and toward distinctively Christian understandings?

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2 responses to “9/11/01 and Nurturing

  1. Chad Fakkema

    I think that the way we teach our children now has changed because now we recognize those who are middle eastern, we recognize more muslims than before. Before 9/11, in my opinion, I didn’t notice them before, they were just another person on the street but with the culture we live in today, we point out people, we noticed their differences. But as a christian, I recognize them as a child of God, even they they do not. I have studied a lot in the past years of college on the Muslim faith and the history of the Middle East and I think my bias’ have dissapeared. I think the more we know about them will help us understand that this world is for everyone, not just Christians.

  2. Christina Velderman

    I think today’s teachers and parents are teaching there children to see more opening to other cultures. When 9/11 first happened and for about 2 years or 3 after it was finished many people were very bias towards those of another culture or religious background. People are not willing to accept others for who they are instead they blame these people for something that a group of people did who happened to have the same ethnic background as they do. Why are we so judgmental God did not want us to be this way but instead we think it is alright to judge others and to not except them even though they did not do anything wrong.Middle Eastern people have all become less friendly to the United Sates because they see just those people that say they are Christians but really they just do not want to except anyone for who they really are. Children today are acting the same way as there parents and they think it is alright to judge there classmates because they are another race.I feel that this is starting to change as we enter 2008. Teachers are teaching the students about the good of the Middle East and not discussing what they did to us on 9/11. Yes the teachers till talk about it but it is not in depth because it will just cause a big argument.

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