After Three Storms

Modified on: September 28, 2017

“We are a people of faith and hope.”
–Opening of the Covenant of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg

We began the month of September reckoning with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on the Texas Gulf coast; we end this month witnessing the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico and neighboring islands in the Caribbean. And between these two massive storms, a third—the largest recorded Atlantic hurricane, Irma—caused profound destruction in the same region before making landfall in Florida.

Equal to the terrifying power of such storms is another power: ours. We have a power within and between us, to support one another during and after catastrophes and to build a life together. But it is a power that we must choose.

As a congregation, we have offered collective gifts in support of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma recovery. After Hurricane Maria, the Unitarian Universalist Association has expanded these efforts into one comprehensive, multi-directional Disaster Relief Fund.

If you would like to contribute to these efforts further, now or in the future through the long work of recovery, please do so here: This site includes multiple resources and ways to support partner organizations of the UUA.

There is also information about how you can volunteer. If you have skills that would be of service and time to offer them, please join the rebuilding efforts. This same link provides a targeted channel for your gifts of service.

In all of this, please hold in your hearts and minds those affected by these storms, of every walk of life, of so many nationalities and ethnicities, each seeking their way after the upheaval of their world.


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