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Help For Haiti

Today I want to summarize, and follow up a bit on, a letter that Bishop Johnston sent out to our diocese regarding the reports of mounting loss and dreadful suffering in Haiti. First, our Bishop reminded us that the Diocese of Virginia and its parishes are deeply committed to mission work in Haiti, and that there are three things we can do for our brothers and sisters in Haiti: The first is to be steadfast in prayer . Bishop Johnston said that “every single contact we receive from Haiti asks first for prayer -- and that we must do.” The second is to give, and give generously, to Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD). The Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti is working hand in hand with ERD to help direct the relief and support to where it is most needed. Bishop Johnston writes that, “While the media is full of reports of the ineffectiveness and inefficiency in the relief effort, ERD is ensuring aid goes where it is most needed fairly, promptly and effectively. The efforts may no

God's Will and the Earthquake in Haiti

The suffering and disaster in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti is, appropriately I think, about all one is hearing about this week. I won’t presume to add anything new to the matter, but I will remind you of three things: First: “What can I do to help?” It seems the best and most frequent answer is, “In addition to your prayers, financial help is most effective right now.” There are many worthwhile organizations and ministries and governments mobilizing right now, but what we, as St. James’ Episcopal Church, are suggesting is that you support the people of Haiti through Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD, formerly known as The Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief). Specifically, your Vestry has voted to designate this Sunday’s “loose plate” (i.e., all cash and monies that are not payments on pledges) to the relief of suffering in Haiti through ERD. Many people are unaware that the Diocese of Haiti is a diocese of The Episcopal Church, and I believe that your supporting o