Disaster Response

Disaster Response

“Bless the dying, soothe the suffering. . .”

On Tuesday, August 29, Bishop Scott Mayer issued this statement addressing Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. ————- Like all of you, I have been riveted by the news coming out of Rockport, Houston, and the other areas hit by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. As the full extent of the damage becomes known, it is clear that help will be needed for a very long time along the Texas coast. While the immediate need is rescue of those in peril,…
Satellite image of Harvey

How to begin helping after the storm

Many of us have family and friends displaced and experiencing damage from the wind and continuing flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Below are some sources of information and ways to begin helping. Please donate and volunteer as you are able, but before you do so, please read the information below. Visit our diocesan disaster resources page for additional links and information. Bishop Scott Mayer statement Bishop Scott Mayer has issued a statement that concludes with this prayer: “May God hold close all who have died, all the…

Disaster response to Louisiana flooding

The Diocese of Louisiana is now accepting out-of-state volunteer teams to help with mucking out and gutting flooded homes in eastern Louisiana. Current work site locations are in Baton Rouge, Clinton, Denham Springs, and St. Francisville. Read about how to volunteer. Organizers prefer groups register together as a team rather than as individual volunteers. The Diocese of Louisiana’s Disaster Coordinator, Deacon Elaine Clements, noted that the largest teams that could be easily accommodated at this point are teams of about 14, although it could be possible…

Support relief to Gulf Coast residents

A note from Episcopal Relief and Development regarding recent flooding in states along the Gulf Coast: Greetings, Sisters and Brothers in Christ. As flooding continues in the US Gulf Coast, Episcopalians are asking how to respond. Episcopal Relief & Development is working closely with dioceses in the region to reach the most vulnerable. We have created this bulletin insert so that you can share information and an opportunity for compassionate response with members of your congregation. Please continue to pray…

GO! Workshops will aim you in the right direction

The message of the presiding bishop-elect Michael Curry at General Convention was simple: Go! Go into the world and make disciples. Go share your love of Jesus Christ. Go help the helpless, feed the hungry, help the beleaguered, be inspired and inspire. Go! Four workshops will be offered at diocesan convention November 13,14 at the Botanic Garden Center. Learn about transforming lives through evangelism, disaster preparedness, online learning, and helping with the refugee crisis. Saturday Morning Saturday, 9 to 10:30…

Fort Worth AME churches invite community to march and pray in solidarity

In memory of the nine people killed at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, two African Methodist Episcopal churches in the Fort Worth area have organized a solidarity march and memorial prayer service the evening of Thursday, June 25, 2015. Our bishops, the Rayford High and Scott Mayer, encourage you to act and in the wake of this tragedy and to respond to our neighbors’ invitation to stand together in support. Details…