Lyndon Harris is a forgiveness coach, and an inspirational and motivational speaker, having spoken for numerous conferences around the country and around the world (five continents). Harris has over 20 years’ experience as a pastor and his work at Ground Zero in New York City has been written about widely.
After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Harris served as priest in charge of the relief operation at Saint Paul’s Chapel (across the street from the World Trade Center), a church converted into a multi-faith relief center for the rescue and relief workers, and victim’s family members. The rescue mission ran from September 15, 2001 to June 2, 2002, and offered food (over 500,000 meals), massage therapy, grief counseling, and chiropractic and podiatric care around the clock to the rescue workers at Ground Zero.
Harris has traveled near and far speaking to churches, civic groups and academic institutions about the transformative experiences of Saint Paul’s Chapel and the wider community’s response to 9/11. Harris has appeared on many news programs and in many newspapers, including the NY Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CBS News, NBC News, CNN, Germany’s Die Zeit, and others. He was selected and written about in the Christian Science monitor’s “People Making a Difference” column and others, including mention on A Prairie Home Companion. Harris is the author of the forthcoming books: The Little Chapel That Stood: A Story of Healing and Hope from Ground Zero and 9/12: Tragedy, Transformation and the Journey to Forgiveness. His work on a Garden of Forgiveness for Ground Zero in NYC is featured in the award winning documentary, “The Power of Forgiveness” (Journey Films: 2006).
Harris has just accepted (June 2014) the role of Co-Director of Tigg’s Pond Retreat Center in Zirconia, NC, where he is developing a forgiveness institute and an arts and music outreach.
Harris also continues to serve as Executive Director of the Gardens of Forgiveness, an educational non-profit dedicated to teaching forgiveness as a tool for conflict transformation and coping with public tragedies. www.forgivetogive.org