Wednesday, January 13, 2010

heartbreak in haiti

Waking up to bad news is never easy. Waking up to horrific accounts of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in the already shattered country of Haiti ... I could only ask, "How?" How does any country reckon with such devastation? How can a Two-Thirds World nation ever recover?

I'm praying for my friends here in Boston who immigrated from Haiti but keep close ties. Half of Haiti's 9 million people live in Port-Au-Prince, so it's no exaggeration to say most Haitians don't if huge segments of their families are alive or dead.

I'm praying for Jude Harmon, one of two volunteers with the Episcopal Young Adult Service Corps in Haiti: he's in the process for priestly ordination, attended Christ Church in Harvard Square, graduated recently from Harvard Divinity School. He is my friend, and he has not been located.

I'm praying for the Society of St. Margaret in Roxbury, who have so graciously hosted several of our Crossing retreats. Their sister community is in Port-Au-Prince. Their house there was destroyed, and no one knows the sisters' fate.

This world is so huge, and yet so small. So please pray for Haiti, for the dead, the dying, the injured, the lost, the starving, the mourning, the terrified. Please pray for all those who will die in the world today whose names we will never know. And please join with others seeking to respond to this tragedy.

Here's a message from Bishop Tom Shaw (Diocese of Massachusetts), sent out just moments ago, to help us figure out a way forward:


Please know how much our prayers are needed. An unfathomable catastrophe like this in a place that has already known so much hardship really does have us questioning God at the deepest levels of our faith. Yet we must know that God is more present to suffering than any of us could ever possibly be, and that as we are willing to take on the suffering of others, whether through our prayer, our donations or our service, we join God in God’s compassionate presence.

Tom

Send donations to:

** The Society of St. Margaret, 17 Highland Park Street, Boston, MA 02119. For updates and more information about the sisters’ work in Haiti, go to www.ssmbos.com and click on the “Haiti” page link.

** Episcopal Relief and Development: Donate online at www.er-d.org or call 800-334-7626, ext. 5129.



coming up @ the crossing
THIS THURSDAY @ 6pm / Worship and Community
Micah Interns Ben Whaley and Tyler Bridge share reflections this month (what's a Micah Intern? Click here to find out more about the whole Life Together young adult intern program). Ben kicks it this Thursday with a word on John 2:1-11. Jana Yeaton takes us through a series of spiritual practices with one link: repetitive prayer.
  • BEFORE WORSHIP: Help set-up at 4:45pm or join the pre-worship prayer circle at 5:30pm
  • AFTER WORSHIP: Dinner with the Justice & Outreach Team (see below)
  • GETTING TO THE CROSSING: 138 Tremont St., across from Park St. T
  • PARKING: $5 parking coupons for Boston Common Garage on Charles St (b/t Common and Public Garden)
  • LOTS MORE INFO: Head to www.thecrossingboston.org
THIS THURSDAY @ 8-9pm / Dinner with The Crossing Justice & Outreach Team
Our Justice and Outreach Team welcomes everyone to share soup, bread and the good news about justice action in Boston. Stick around, share food and share dreams about how The Crossing can step up in a powerful way this winter and spring.

SAT., 1/23 @ 9:30am-2:30pm / Hope in Action Campaign Kick-off
The Crossing is part of an amazing community of ministries joining in the Hope in Action Campaign to Alleviate Economic Injustice this year. It's being organized by Life Together (theDioMass Intern Program). Now our Justice and Outreach Minister, Justin Harvey, and his team will be mobilizing us, our friends, our neighbors and many others to join a campaign to bless and heal our city.

Please set aside this important date NOW, start imagining friends and neighbors you'd like to engage in this important work. CONTACT: Justin at justice@thecrossingboston.org.

SAT., 1/30 @ 9:30am-3:30pm / 5th Annual Cathedral Worship Learning Party
Come out and learn from energized, missional, creative worship leaders in local communities. Four congregations get one hour each to share an experience of their worship, along with reflections on making change and linking worship and mission. Featuring leaders from Trinity-Boston on Re-imagining tradition; St. Stephen's-Lynn on All Ages Worship; The Cathedral on World Music and Gospel; and All Saints-Stoneham on the MOSH Youth Rock Worship.

small groups and formation
Sundays @ The Crossing, Covenant Groups, Sexuality and Faith Forum, Everybody Does Theology, Intro to Faith & Church, Speaking of Faith small groups, heck, maybe even Dodge Ball! These are just some of the ideas our Minister for Community Life, Jason Long, and his able team are kicking around for this year. Stay tuned to The Crossing Calendar for details, and feel free to contact Jason to share an idea or if you have a knack for facilitating small groups. CONTACT: Jason at community-life@thecrossingboston.org.


helping hands @ the crossing
Many more details at The Crossing Calendar and the Justice & Service page. Here are the highlights:
  • Help with Worship Set-up on Thursdays @ 4:45pm
  • Join the Pre-Worship Prayer Circe on Thursdays @ 5:30pm
  • Monday Lunch Program at The Cathedral on 2nd and 4th Mondays: 10am to help with set-up, or 11:30am-12:45pm to help serve & build community with our homeless and hungry neighbors

giving @ the crossing
Alleluia! We met our fundraising goal of $20,000 for 2009, and now we've raised the bar to $23,000 for 2010. That extra money will allow us to 1) move Rev. Steph from 1/2-time [where she's been for the last year and a half] to 3/4-time starting this January, and 2) allow us to bump our Minister for Community Life from 1/4-time right now to 1/2-time starting in July.

If you'd like to make a commitment to sustain The Crossing community's life, please prayerfully consider making a one-time gift or start pledging (setting out an amount you'd like to give over the course of a year, and filling out a 2010 pledge card so we know we can count on your contribution). Give however you're able: cash, check or credit cards. CONTACT: Chris Ashley at giving@thecrossingboston.org.


get connected
We've got an amazing crew of leaders making life happen here @ The Crossing. Click to Meet The Crossing Leadership Crew and see who you might talk with to plug into anything -- lead a spiritual practice, have a newcomer coffee, link with justice work, join a small group, help with the web, pitch in with hospitality, start giving regularly, or just get some support and hope for the journey we share.

And if you'd like to make a connection with the broader Crossing community, get onto our online forum, InBetweenCrossings: groups.google.com/group/inbetweencrossings. Here's where we connect and share information about random community announcements -- including upcoming events, apartment sublets, job opportunities, lost-and-found, furniture exchange, help requests, etc. You got stuff to share (a job, a couch, a theater gig you want people to attend)? You need stuff (lost scarf, dog-sitter, an apartment sublet)? Pass along the word ...

With love, blessings and prayers during this hard yet hopeful time,
Rev. Steph

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IT'S TERRIBLE WHAT HAPPENED IN HAITI BUT....WHEN YOU HAVE THE MOLOCH AXIS DEMONIACS (CLINTON, BUSH & OABAMA) TELLING YOU TO SEND $$$$MONEY...WELL....GUESS WHAT? YOU HAVE TO BE PRETTY NIEVE OR PLAIN DUMB TO THINK THAT CA$H IS GOING TO GO TO THE LAZY BROTHER'S & SISTERS DOING NOTHING TO REMOVE THE RUBBLE FROM ALL THE NEWS FOOTAGE I'VE SEEN.

EVER SAK YOURSELF, " GEE...I WONDER WHY IT'S THE POOREST COUNTRY IN THE HEMISPHERE?? COULD IT BA THAT THEY ARE LAZY?"

I KNOW IT'S HARD TO STAND STILL AND NOT SEND CA$H BUT THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO GUARANTEE THE CA$H WILL GO TO THOSE LET HOMELESS. DON'T BELIEVE ME???

1, 2, 3, 5 YEARS FROM NOW, ALL THE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS SENT THERE WILL DO NOTHING, WON'T SEE ANYTHING ACCORDING TO THE FOOTAGE 5 YEARS FROM NOW. COUNTRY WILLL BE AS POOR AS BEFORE AND YOU'LL ASK YOURSELF," WHERE DID ALL THAT CA$H GO? WAS I NAIVE TO THINK IT WOULD GO TO HELP THE PEOPLE THAT NEEDE THE HELP?" WELL, NO!

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