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The Read Thread

Virgin Islands churches banding together to care for their Irma-hit neighbors:  Efforts consolidating to bring relief to those who suffered ‘catastrophic damage’

Despite Hurricane Irma’s efforts, tiny St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, is still standing, albeit with damage. Photo: Yvonne O’Neal

By Mary Frances Schjonberg and Amy Sowder | September 15, 2017

[Episcopal News Service] Yvonne O’Neal believes that she crossed paths with more than one angel in the last week in Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, complete strangers helped her leave the decimated island and get back to her home in New York.

O’Neal, who was born on Tortola to parents from Virgin Gorda and grew up in Puerto Rico, had been in the Virgin Islands since July, when she came for an extended stay. In early August, she had gotten drenched in a massive rain storm during an Emancipation Day parade, but that experience was nothing like what was to come with Irma a month later.

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Food for the Soul

Emmanuel Church
Geneva Switzerland
XIII Pentecost 2017
Romans 12: 9-21
The Rt. Rev. Pierre W. Whalon

Welcome to Emmanuel

A new rector’s arrival is a chance for reviewing where we’ve come from and where we’re going. I’ve been your Bishop for sixteen years. Nicholas Porter was still new when I made my first-ever visitation, on Advent I, 2001. And here we are welcoming Canon Michael to Emmanuel. He has now my full authorization to serve you in my place, and that of my successors. So as he is your new Rector, I am inviting him to celebrate the Eucharist in my place today.

The point of being a rector is the parish. The point of being a parish is that every Christian needs a community. While some think you can worship Jesus on a golf course, the fact is that alone, each of us is prone to wander. As the hymn says, “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it/Prone to leave the One I love.” Only together can we keep the promises of Baptism, which — let me remind you — start with the spiritual forces of wickedness, the evil powers of this world, and our own sinful desires. If you think the Evil One is just a childhood fantasy, you haven’t been following the news. Or you haven’t walked up rue du Monthoux recently. And have you wondered whether you contribute to the evil powers of this world, or why you keep doing the thing you know is wrong?

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