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Disaster Response

New Jersey church closes volunteer village for Hurricane Sandy relief

In the nearly four years since Hurricane Sandy struck the United States, volunteer work teams from across the country have traveled to the hard hit regions, particularly New Jersey and New York, to help people recover and return to their homes. But after countless days, weeks and months of hosting teams, one church believes the time has come to close the doors on its Sandy relief efforts.

Record flooding in Louisiana leaves thousands homeless

Record flooding over the weekend in parts of Louisiana has left thousands homeless and as many as a half dozen people dead. The Presbytery of South Louisiana says the heavy rains with as much as six to 10 inches, took everyone by surprise.

Remembering Elias

The people of northern Cameroon are mourning the recent passing of Elias Gondji, the architect behind a food program that has made a significant impact in communities dealing with drought and hunger issues. Gondji worked with RELUFA, a nonpartisan network of ecumenical and secular nonprofit organizations and churches.

Food and health crisis worsens for people in capital of South Sudan

Deteriorating conditions in the South Sudanese capital city of Juba have left thousands of people in desperate need of food, shelter and health services. Fighting broke out between rival factions on July 8 and while a ceasefire is currently in place, the humanitarian needs have escalated.

Triennium participants embark on advocacy walk around Purdue campus

Students attending the 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium on the campus of Purdue University had the opportunity Friday morning to view the tree-filled campus from a different perspective: as advocates for justice causes in which the church participates.

PC(USA) expresses grief in prayer following Nice truck driver rampage

The Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus, coordinator for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, offered a prayer of lament for those killed and injured by a semi-truck driver who systematically plowed through crowds in the French Mediterranean resort city of Nice last evening.

A Lament in the wake of the Bastille Day terror attack in Nice

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed….  2 Corinthians 4   God, whose presence we yearn toward in the stillness after our shaken, broken voices and the fires of violence fall silent: we have no words left. The… Read more »

First Presbyterian Church in Dallas works to help city heal

The emotional wounds from last week’s shootings in Dallas are still fresh for residents as well as for government and spiritual leaders. Since Thursday, faith leaders have prayed and mourned with the community and have begun discussing the best way for the city to heal and to bridge gaps.