"This month's catastrophic earthquake is not only
an unforgettable tragedy but a wake-up call to rich
nations of the world." -- The Rev. John L. McCullough,
top staff executive, Church World Service
United Methodist doctor helps set up Haiti clinic
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (UMNS) - Dr. Troy Silvernale, a United Methodist family physician who was born in Haiti and lived there for 12 years, set up a clinic in the backyard of the Methodist Guest House. "My parents were United Methodist missionaries," he said. His ease with the language helped him move among the more than 500 families who are living on the grounds of the Methodiste de Freres church and college. Silvernale and Bill Johnson, a trauma nurse, came to Haiti as part of a medical team organized by Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, Mich.
CWS head calls on Wall Street to help Haiti
NEW YORK (UMNS) -- The Rev. John L. McCullough, the top executive of Church World Service, called Jan. 27 for Wall Street's financial industry leaders to tithe their bonuses for the reconstruction of Haiti. "This month's catastrophic earthquake is not only an unforgettable tragedy but a wake-up call to rich nations of the world," said McCullough. CWS aid workers and longtime local Haitian partner agencies are now assisting survivors on the island along with other international humanitarian groups. Church World Service is also urging complete forgiveness of Haiti's remaining debts.
Lake Junaluska sponsors 'Caring for Creation' retreat
LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (UMNS) - Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center's fifth annual "Caring for Creation" seminar, on April 8-11, will offer plenary presentations and 20 workshops to help members of the faith community learn how they can become caretakers of the Earth. On-site and off-site tours include visits to a solar farm, an oil-to-biodiesel conversion facility, a green-built home, the Junaluska Wetlands and the Corneille Bryan Native Garden. A grant from the United Methodist Board of Church and Society will provide scholarships for ethnic young adults ages 18-35 years. For information, visit Caring for Creation.
Faith groups urge Congress to finish health care reform
WASHINGTON (ELCA News) - Fifty-six faith organizations, including the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, sent a Jan. 26 letter to members of Congress asking them to "take heart and move meaningful health care reform forward." The letter coincides with an "Interfaith Virtual Vigil of Prayer, Hope and Action." Faith organizations from across the country are taking part in a variety of actions such as sending prayers, sponsoring a vigil or calling members of Congress. More information is available online at http://www.faithfulreform.org.