... • Bob and Gwendolyn-Jane Romeril's daughter, Winnie, joined the rescue teams in Haiti on Saturday. She is a field press officer for the American Red Cross and is expected to be there for 2 or 3 weeks. Pray for her safety and for her concerned husband and parents. • Updates from across the country on missionaries, church responses, persons in Haiti, etc., are available from the Episcopal Church Office of Communication. • The Diocese of Haitiis the largest and fastest-growing diocese in The Episcopal Church. There are over 83,000 Episcopalians, 97 Episcopal churches, 115 congregations and communities of faith, and over 200 Episcopal schools with more than 6,000 students in Haiti. It has lost a cathedral, convent, Holy Trinity Complex, College St. Pierre, and a Jubilee Center. • Episcopal
Relief & Development has disbursed emergency funding to the Diocese
of Haiti to help meet critical needs such as food, water and shelter
for those affected. Donations can be made to Episcopal Relief &
Development online orby calling 800-334-7626 ext 5129. ERD has a four star rating on Charity Navigator and meets all
20 standards of the Better Business Bureau. Some 92% to 96% of each dollar given to ERD goes directly to the program be it for disaster relief or for development. • This website provides reports mapped in near real time and gathered from reports coming from inside Haiti via: SMS, Web, Email, Radio, Phone, Twitter, Facebook, Television, List-serves, Live streams, & Situation Reports. [H/T to Beth Felice, communication director, Diocese of Missouri].
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ... What would Dr. King have to say about the earthquake in Haiti?
Likely, he would have stressed the interconnectedness between people,
and the radical call to action on behalf of those who are poor and
suffering."We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,
tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly,
affects all indirectly" Dr. King's words from the Letter from a Birmingham Jail provide yet
another rationale for digging deeply into our hearts (and wallets) as
we reach out to the victims in Haiti. Here is an excerpt: "Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all
communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be
concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a
threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network
of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one
directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live
with the narrow, provincial 'outside agitator' idea." [From Peter Carey, reporting at Episcopal Cafe]More quotes and The King Center.
Lenten Collection for Youth Mission Project
... [From Kim Rowles] Starting on Ash Wednesday the Youth of the
Diocese are asking the parishes to begin a collection of personal care
items for our Christophany Mission Project. Two years ago we made meals
for the "Stop Hunger Now" campaign, last year we learned about
Environmentalism and the Episcopal Church, this year we are hoping to
help those in need take care of basic hygiene issues. We are asking for
collections of the following items: New Handtowels, Washcloths, Nail
Clippers (without files or emery boards), Widetooth Combs, Toothbrushes
(individually wrapped), Large tubes of toothpaste, bath-sized bars of
soap, boxes of sterile bandages, and gallon-sized zip bags. If you
cannot purchase these items we will also accept gift cards to Walmart
so that we can purchase the items ourselves. We hope to complete 600
kits to distribute to shelters in Bethlehem, Reading and Scranton. We
will with your help. The collection will end on April 4, 2010 (Easter
Sunday), and the youth council will make arrangements to pick up items,
or you can drop them at Diocesan House to be brought to Christophany
for assembly. Questions: Kim Rowles, Youth Missioner for the Diocese, online or at 610-751-3931.Download a flyer below.
The DioBeth Youth Council invites 6-12 graders in the Diocese of Bethlehem (and friends!) to our spring retreat… Christophany Goes Green!
April 24-26, 2009 Watson Homestead Retreat Center Painted Post, NY (just past the very northern tip of our diocese)
rock wall climbing * creative worship service * swimming * “green” rafts * hiking * yoga resurrect your old t-shirt * mini-golf * hay rides ... special guest: Tyler Edgar, Assistant Director of Climate Change and Energy for the National Council of Churches.