Disaster Response

‘Keeping Faith’ May/June video newsletter published

The third installment of “Keeping Faith” the video newsletter from Tony De La Rosa, interim executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) was published earlier today.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance meets with ecumenical partners in Lebanon

Since the Syrian Civil War began in March 2011, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has been responding to the needs of affected communities in Syria and Lebanon. Working in conjunction with ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together), members and ecumenical partners have been providing relief to refugees in neighboring countries and to internally displaced Syrians.

Survivors still being found in Ecuador following recent earthquake

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is working in collaboration with its partner, the ACT (Action by Churches Together) Alliance to respond in the aftermath. As many as 6,000 families in Ecuador will receive food, water, sanitation and hygiene as well as community-based psychosocial support and non-food items.

New Jersey church worships with reform synagogue following March fire

Nearly a month after an electrical fire heavily damaged its sanctuary, the First Presbyterian Church of Englewood, New Jersey is still counting its blessings. The March 22nd blaze destroyed portions of the roof, stained-glass windows and the church steeple in the building which dates back to 1870. But the damage has not stopped the congregation from growing and learning and that includes reaching out and connecting with other congregations. The church is in the middle of a three-week joint worship with Temple Sinai of Bergen County, a Reform synagogue.

Mid-Kentucky Presbytery aids PDA program via local service initiative

Essential hygiene kits assembled with help from congregations by Scott O’Neill | Presbyterian News Service The Mid-Kentucky Presbytery is aiding the PC(USA)Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) program by assembling hygiene kits for use in disaster relief efforts. The effort coincides with Louisville, Kentucky mayor Greg Fischer’s 5th annual Give a Day Week of Service initiative. The 2016 week… Read more »

From resiliency to water issues, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance discusses challenges

National Response Team Annual Meeting Concludes after Full Agenda The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team (NRT) treats every annual meeting like a family reunion. More than 100 volunteers and team members gather each year for training, worship, sharing and, in many cases, laughter. There are no strangers, just a close group of Presbyterians eager to meet and greet, catch up on travels and occasionally rib one another.

Ferncliff Camp to host Responding to School Violence conference

Thanks to partnership with PDA, Ferncliff expands its “healing camp” ministry for survivors of school gun violence By Paul Seebeck Since 1998, after a mass shooting occurred in their community at Westside Middle School, Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center has hosted numerous healing camps for children and youth affected by school gun violence. ““People stopped saying,… Read more »