Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Taking in a hurricane.
Reading the newspaper this morning, and more thoroughly again at lunch, and then reading online news accounts throughout the day brought me a sense of increasing astonishment at Hurricane Katrina's scale. Abandoning a city of half a million people is mind-boggling in itself; the mayor's comment that thousands may have died in the flooding is horrible to ponder.
Unitarian Universalists will want to take a look at uuworld.org's first round of news coverage, which went up tonight. The Community Church in New Orleans is in the submerged West End, where the 17th Street Canal levee failed and water from Lake Pontchartrain rushed into the city; the church building may have been destroyed. Members of the Baton Rouge church — and, it appears, from other churches in the district — are taking in refugees from the three New Orleans-area churches. The Southwestern UU Conference has put up a Web page to help connect willing hosts with displaced families.
Meanwhile, the UUA has launched a fundraising effort to help the congregations and individual UUs in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama recover from the damage; please give generously to the Gulf Coast Relief Fund.
I find it impossible to imagine what so many residents of the Gulf Coast are going through. What a disaster.
("Three New Orleans Congregations Devastated; UUs Open Homes to Refugees," Donald E. Skinner, uuworld.org 8.31.05)
Update 9.2.05: The second uuworld.org story is up: "First Church Minister Will Hold 'Virtual Service' for Scattered Congregation" (Donald E. Skinner 9.2.05)
Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 31 August 2005 at 11:11 PM