[March 11, 2011] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori offers the following concerning the devastating earthquake in Japan:
The Episcopal Church is praying for the people of Japan, particularly Bishop John Kato, the clergy, and people of the Diocese of Tohoku in the aftermath of this devastating earthquake. We will continue to pray with Japan as she seeks the lost and begins to bury the dead. May they rest in peace, and may all those who mourn find comfort. We know the aftermath will be long and difficult, and we assure you of our solidarity. We are grateful that most other parts of the Pacific have withstood the passage of the first tsunami. May we all be reminded that we live on a fragile earth, in continual process of creation and destruction, and that we share a common responsibility for healing wherever we are able.
Update: March 16, 2011:
Episcopal Relief and Development has begun a Japan Earthquake Response Fund to support the Nippon Sei Ko Kei (NSKK; the Anglican Communion in Japan) in its initial response efforts.
The Most Rev. Nathaniel M. Uematsu, Primate of Japan and Bishop of Hokkaido, said, “What we can do right now…is pray. Prayer has power. I hope and request that you pray for the people who are affected, for those who have died and for their families. Pray for the people involved with the rescue efforts, and in particular pray for Tohoku and Kita Kanto dioceses and their priests and parishioners during this time of Lent.”
Diocesan members are contributing in various ways: St John’s Church in Tower Grove will be collecting “Lenten Alms” designated for ER-D’s fund throughout this season of Lent. Mike Kinman, provost of the cathedral, is using his annual “March Gladness” basketball brackets to raise awareness and donations for the response fund. He writes, “The prize for winning? Bragging rights! But remember ‘Your treasure will be great in heaven.’ Overall, it’s just a great way to have fun and help people in dire need.”