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Episcopal leaders offer prayers for the victims of Hurricane Sandy: Church of England Newspaper, November 11, 2012 p 1 November 13, 2012

Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Disaster Relief, The Episcopal Church.
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The Presiding Bishop and President of the House of Deputies – the co-leaders of the Episcopal Church – have urged Americans to respond to the call to aid those in need in the wake of the devastation brought by Hurricane Sandy.

The unseasonal hurricane has “wrought havoc northward hundreds of miles from its first Caribbean landfall, killing and injuring dozens of people in Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, the Bahamas, United States, and Canada,” Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and the Rev. Gay Jennings wrote on 3 Nov 2012 from ACC-15 in New Zealand.

“The destruction left in its path has deepened the misery of those still recovering from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti as well as hurricanes earlier this season.  It is always the poorest who are most affected, although the news media have shown only a little of that reality.  The impact in a principal metropolitan area of the United States has brought an unimagined level of destruction, and suffering that will long continue in the mid-Atlantic region,” the two said.

The storm came ashore on the coast of New Jersey in the early hours of 30 October causing massive destruction of coastal towns and cities in the Mid-Atlantic.  Seventy-one people were reported dead in the Caribbean, and an equal number are feared dead in the U.S. where disaster relief continues.  A week after the storm power hit New York, the power is out in parts of lower Manhattan and Staten Island and the subways remain flooded.

“This is a time for reaching out to neighbors next door as well as farther abroad with solidarity and offers of basic human hospitality – food, water, electrical connections, showers and shelter – as well as money to assist the lengthy recovery that will be required everywhere this storm has moved.,” the Episcopal leaders said.

“Our Anglican neighbors gathered in New Zealand for the Anglican Consultative Council have been profligate with their prayers and expressions of concern.  We know that God is with us in the midst of this suffering; you can help others to discover that reality through your own response.  May the light of Christ shine through you, and may his light shatter the darkness.

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