How you can help the families of Newton,CT

From the Presbytery of Southern New England Dear Presbyters and Friends, I want to update you on how we can respond to the staggering tragedy at Newtown within our Presbytery. As you might guess it is a fluid and changing situation. Just 24 hours after the tragedy a team from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) had arrived. The team of four experienced persons have not only been of huge … [Read more...]

Sandy Hook Elementary School

Louisville A voice was heard in Ramah wailing and loud lamentations. Rachel weeping for her children, she refused to be consoled because they are no more. Once again we face the horrors of mass gun violence in the United States as, just this morning, a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and opened fire. Reports are that 27 people have been killed, among them … [Read more...]

December 2012 Christmas is about kids

A teenage sister was sitting down with her little brother to help him write his Christmas list for Santa Claus. She got out a pen and paper and asked her brother what he wanted. The little boy shouting, "I want a race care and a bicycle and a football..." and the sister stopped him. "Hey, I’m right here. What are you shouting for? She asked. "Well, you’re right here, but Grandma is in the next … [Read more...]

November 2012 – Autumn – A time of rejoicing

November, 2012   I spent a Saturday at Chestnut Hill College for their annual Harry Potter weekend and Quidditch Tournament.  It was fun being outside in the cool, crisp, fall weather.  I love walking in the leaves and this gave me a chance to actually see the trees as they were turning in all their colorful glory. Like many folks, I enjoy autumn.  I like waking to the pre-dawn darkness and … [Read more...]

October 2012 – Looking forward and Looking back

October, 2012 I turned 60 last July and it got me to thinking that I wasn't the young guy I used to be.  I was no longer an inexperienced, new to the job, neophyte pastor who didn't know what he was doing.  I was, in fact, a well traveled professional who had encountered a wide variety of situations in my field of endeavor that many of my colleagues had never experienced, and perhaps never … [Read more...]

September 2012 – A Time of new beginnings

September, 2012   Ah, September.  A time of new beginnings. Beginnings, you say?  How can the end of summer, the end of vacation season, the end of warmth and light be the beginning of anything?  It’s coming up on autumn, the time of harvest and dropping leaves, the end of the cycle of life, not the beginning.  We’re two thirds of the way through the year, how is that a beginning? Well, … [Read more...]

Superstorm Sandy

Disaster Relief--2012 Superstorm (Sandy) This designated account supplements the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering to enable a significant response from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and its related storm systems. Funds received into this account will provide for immediate assistance and long-term recovery in the United States and in the Caribbean nations affected by this storm. Your … [Read more...]

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. The core budget, including staff and administrative … [Read more...]