October 2, 2017
UPDATED Information on how you can support relief efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
September 8, 2017
As the communities affected by Hurricane Harvey shift away from a time of acute danger in which rescue and the preservation of life are the primary concern, it is easy to feel less concern. The media moves on, the drama wanes, and regular life takes over. But for victims of the storm, the most difficult work – relief and recovery – is just beginning.
Now more than ever, it is vital for us to remain committed to helping those affected by this crisis. Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) has just released “Lessons From Katrina And How To Help After A Disaster,” a message informing us of ways to become involved. One important way is to register with ERD as a volunteer. Visit the website and register here »
Thank you for your passion for being the hands and feet of Christ in the world.
September 6, 2017
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Over the last week, Hurricane Harvey brought trillions of gallons of rain and unprecedented flooding to Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. Millions have been impacted, thousands have lost homes, and some have lost their lives. As someone with family in Houston, I have been deeply affected by this disaster (all are safe). But you do not need to have loved ones in Texas and Louisiana to be deeply moved by what has transpired. I am sure that we have all been shaken by the effects of Hurricane Harvey. I am also sure that our shared faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God calls us to serve in instances such as this. The first thing that we are called to do as Christians is to pray. I would invite you to join me and the rest of the staff and clergy of Christ Church in remembering the victims of Hurricane Harvey in your prayer times. The Church of the Incarnation in Dallas has recommended two prayers for this.
The Outreach Commission and I are committed to providing Christ Church with ways to be involved in relief efforts. Accordingly, we are creating short-term and long-term plans for engagement. We are using a message from Rob Radtke, President of Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) , as our guiding principle in the development of these plans. A portion of that statement is worth presenting here: “When we see images of people suffering, we want to do something. That’s understandable. As Christians, we are called to seek and serve Christ in all people and never more so than in times of crisis. . . . For those of us observing and praying from afar, it’s important to remember that this is a marathon and not a sprint. In addition, the tricky part is responding in a way that is timely and appropriate. Understanding the phases of a disaster can be useful in determining how you can help.” Read his full statement here »
Any response we have as a church must be both useful and effective. The most difficult part for those of us who are so far away is that we must patiently attend to what those on the ground inform us they need and when they need it.
Short-Term Action Plan
In conjunction with the Outreach Commission and the clergy, I will remain in contact with Christy Orman, who has been designated as the Hurricane Relief Coordinator for the Diocese of Texas. In our initial conversations, she has informed me that their greatest need is for ongoing funding of rescue and relief efforts. She identified the Diocese of Texas and Episcopal Relief and Development as appropriate places to donate. All funds donated to these sources will go directly to rescue and relief efforts in the Diocese of Texas.
Donate to the Diocese of Texas »
Donate to Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) »
Long-Term Action Plan
Through ongoing communication with the Diocese of Texas, we will be in the process of identifying assets that will be of the most use and service to those in need. That could include things such as supplies, mission teams, or larger financial gifts. The Outreach team will keep the larger parish updated on developments and needs. Please be on the lookout for communications regarding the relief effort in The Disciple and News & Notices. Also, please let me or a member of the Outreach Commission know if you have skills or availability that could be of service to relief efforts. I can be reached at .
Finally, let us have hope in these and all times of trouble, for our Lord Jesus Christ has given us a promise: “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b NRSV)
Director of Outreach & Mission