US churches organise 'work week' for Hurricane Katrina anniversary

By staff writers
July 24, 2007

To mark the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the National Council of Churches USA's Special Commission for the Just Rebuilding of the Gulf Coast is sponsoring an Ecumenical Work Week from 19-25 August 2007, in New Orleans

Entitled 'Here Until the Work is Done: A Time for Ecumenical Worship, Witness and Work,' the event is designed "to be a powerful witness of coming together on the occasion of the second anniversary to stand with, support and encourage families in the Gulf Coast region as they rebuild their lives," say the organisers.

A spokesperson added: "The truth is that the faith community was there as first responders to the crisis. We provided food, clothing and shelter to those in need. Many of our churches, denominational relief agencies and other faith groups continue to help those displaced and impacted by the storm with housing, finding employment and meeting other basic needs to get back on their feet."

"Collectively, we truly have been 'steadfast, immoveable, always excelling in the work of the Lord' (1 Corinthians 15:58). However, the work must continue until the work is done," he continued.

Some of the upcoming week's highlights include:

* a Clergy Listening Tour on 21-22 August, which will give clergy the opportunity to hear from residents about some of the environmental affects the hurricane has had on two New Orleans neighborhoods;

* an opportunity for volunteers to go to Mississippi for a one-day work project midweek;

* worship, praise and prayer services each day; and,

* a "Gospel Explosion" and celebration on 25 August to close out the week.

The style and approach of the week is being planned out in accord with the wishes of local people and churches, as an act of practical and spiritual solidarity and commitment.

Thanks to NCCUSA and Presbyterian Church USA news serices.

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