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Helping Victims of  the Earthquake in Nepal


This from the New York First Pres a/o 10 PM Sunday evening:

Members of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) partner, the ACT Alliance, are meeting in Nepal today to assess and create an emergency response plan.


Information on PDA’s response can be found on their website. If you would like to donate financially, the code for Nepal is DR999999. Please continue to keep all who are impacted by this disaster in your prayers.

- See more at: http://pda.pcusa.org/situation/nepal-earthquake-april-2015/


This from James Sharrock, Sudan expert visiting at Cornell while his wife does research on Nepal in the Anthropology Dept.
At the moment I am recommending people donate to smaller NGOs. I think the Ithaca-based Educate the Children is a good place to start, especially as they work in some of the most badly-affected areas.

They have a page here:




From the Pastor's Desk PDF Print E-mail

Dear friends,

So many things are always going on beneath the surface.  It takes great people to recognize and study these subsurface happenings: Freud and Jung, in human psychology; scientists who recently discovered a bacterium living 12 miles beneath earth's surface, when the former record was a mere 1.5; and Charles Darwin.

Most people don't know that Darwin, famous for his On the Origin of Species (1859), spent most of his career studying earthworms.  For 44 years, he shook them, tickled them, and played Bach to them.  His entire family was drawn into the work.  They studied such minutiae as how one could tell which side was the head and which the tail; whether worms have gender; whether they could, in fact, see; what stimuli would attract or repel them; etc.  By 1880 as Darwin collected his material together for a book, he wrote: "My whole soul is absorbed with worms just at present!"  And, in fitting tribute to his subjects: "worms have much bigger souls than anyone would suppose."  Thus was born his hardest-won treatise: The Formation of Vegetable Mould, Through the Action of Worms.

There is no jest in me as I write this.  By Darwin's estimate, an acre of garden soil contains about 50,000 worms, and without them our soil would be useless for vegetation.  We walk about on our planet admiring its greenly fronds and buttercups, but the hard workers beneath the surface are just that.  Unseen and unnoticed, de facto and imperative.

What lies beneath the surface of our neighbor?  We know the inner complexity of life; its joys and sorrows, its confusions and fragilities.  We know our own internal world of questions; but as surface-dwellers, are so much more ready to comment on what we see than to enquire on what we do not.  "Ah--a new haircut!  And I see your yard work!  The children are so tall... you have much to be proud of."

These are good conversation starters, but consider, like Darwin, going beneath the surface when the opportunity arises.  Past the small talk, we should be discovering the meat and matter of one another's souls: understanding how a person feels about things, what they are hoping for, and how long, perhaps, they have been in realizing their hopes.  It is in such connections that bonds are made, and the real importance of life uncovered. Darwin was right: what lies beneath the surface is what makes life possible.  May the soil and humus of your own thoughts, and the fertility of your minds, be enriched and made ready to grow in Christ Jesus,



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