The Responsibility of Caring

I’ve been watching and listening to a lot of news reports for the past few days.  Despite the volume of information I’ve taken in, I still cannot fathom the extent of the destruction in Haiti.

I’ve only ever experienced one earthquake, even though I lived in the San Francisco Bay area for three years.  That one earthquake was in Connecticut, in the early morning.  I woke up instantly sure that the trembling was indeed an earthquake.  The tremor was small so I didn’t panic.  What strikes me is the oddity of what we think of as immovable suddenly moving.  If the very earth was not stable, what could I truly depend on?

I imagine that the above sentiment must be compounded in Haiti.  There is precious little that be counted on in a country where the majority of its citizens survive on less than a dollar a day.  What little stability and infrastructure existed is gone now.  I cannot comprehend it.

In church, we often talk about the stewardship of others.  It is easy to care for those you know and love (well, not always easy, but you get the point.)  Now we are all called up on to care for the people of Haiti.  The blogosphere is rife with calls for donations.  Make one.  We will be.  The Red Cross is always a good choice for donations:

The Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ






UCC Responses to Earthquake in Haiti


January 13, 2010

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.  Psalms 46:1-3 (NRSV)

Haiti earthquakeLet our prayers and generosity mount in response to the emerging news of Haiti’s devastation from a 7.0 earthquake late yesterday afternoon.


100% of all donations will be used to directly help the disaster victims. We are able to do this because of Our Church’s Wider Mission Basic Support.

Make the check out to MACUCC and mark in the memo portion “OGHS – Haitian Relief”.  Mail your check to the Conference office.

MACUCC  . 1 Badger  Road . Framingham, MA 01702

Individuals may also give directly on line: click here.

For more information on the disaster, and how the UCC is responding, click here.

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