Help Young People Caught in the Political Crossfire
Ideas for responding to the crises in Israel-Palestine and along our border
On the news you’ve likely seen the escalating conflict between Israel and Palestine. This round of fighting and loss of life began with the death of four teenagers. And if you wait a few minutes or change the channel, you may see information related to Central American youth crossing into the U.S. unaccompanied. In both cases, youth are at the center. Youth should never be used as instruments of political gain or violence. They depend on us to show them a way to a better life, and simply to love them -- all of them.
Below are a few ways to help with different levels of involvement:
Information:Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) will be releasing a list next week regarding ways to help the Central American child migrant crisis. Their website also offers links to get involved. The government has made direct access to the youth very difficult, yet there are several local non profits taking donations. Check out EMM’s website for more information: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/episcopal-migration-ministries
Action: Non-profits that are involved (such as Catholic Charities) have been flooded with donations. As such, they are looking to find ways to receive donations for future use. I invite all parishes to collect items for the youth. The majority of the youth are boys aged 14-17. I will personally come and collect the donations and arrange to have them delivered to a non-profit that is actively involved in helping the youth. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Put out a barrel, collect toiletries, clothes, coloring books, any unwanted or unneeded clothing. Perhaps your homeless program needs to be refreshed. Anything is needed and can be collected. I’ll arrange a time to pick up and deliver.
Alternative Action: Several great non-profit groups work directly in the affected countries that have strong ties to our churches. For example, Our Little Roses (www.ourlittleroses.org) in Honduras or Foundation Cristosal (www.cristosal.org) in El Salvador are just two such organizations. A unique way is to visit Life Out of the Box (www.lootb.com), co-founded by a Carmel native. Its sales directly support the purchase of education materials for youth in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Morocco, and even the US.
Pray: Pray alone, as a group or as part of worship. Pray for the children affected by the issues.
Discuss: This is not an easy topic, and it is easy to push aside. There is no quick solution or “app” to address the situation. Find a way to discuss the issue locally. For those that wish, please contact me directly, and I will be happy to serve as a resource to begin discussion.
It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of The Rev. Jerome Foute Politzer on Sunday, July 27 in his home in Carmel. Fr. Politzer was the founder of several churches in the diocese, including St. George’s Episcopal Mission in Alisal (now St. George’s Episcopal Church in Salinas) and was founding Vicar of Good Shepherd, Salinas and Trinity Church in Gonzalez. He also was a founding trustee of York School in Salinas. His official obituary can be found on the diocese website here or the Monterey Herald website here.
Give rest, O Christ, to your servant with your saints,
where sorrow and pain are no more,
neither sighing, but life everlasting.
A memorial service was held this morning at St. John’s Chapel in Monterey. The family has suggested that memorial contributions be made to:
St. John’s Chapel Foundation
1490 Mark Thomas Drive
Monterey, CA 93904
For questions, please call St. John’s Chapel at (831) 375-4463.
El Camino Real Students Serve People in Need at SSP Oregon Trip
Middle school youth recently returned from a Sierra Service Project (SSP) trip to Chiloquin, Oregon on July 12-18. SSP is a non-profit organization providing life-changing experiences through acts of service repairing homes and community buildings. El Camino Real was one of many church youth groups from across the western U.S. who spent an unforgettable week of serving, learning, worship and fellowship.
In a letter to the Diocese office, 13 year-old Grace Jennings summed up the profound experience of serving people who have a culture and life experience different from her own:
“I’d like to thank you once again for an amazing trip at SSP. Chiloquin was wonderful, the staff were funny, and I made plenty of new friends. Being able to help others really opened my eyes to what’s going on in the world. It also made me happy to see the homeowners’ face when they saw their house. They were overjoyed and humbled at the same time. These trips have shown me how lucky I am to have the things that I have. It has also given me a sense of accomplishment, to do something like that for someone else in their time of need.”
Deadline Nears for Submitting Artwork for Episcopal Church Christmas Card
Attention artists of El Camino Real: The August 15 deadline is approaching for submitting original artwork that will be used for the 2014 Episcopal Church Christmas card. The original artwork should express a local understanding of God’s incarnation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Nearly two dozen entries have been submitted to date. The deadline for submitting original artwork is August 15. Voting will occur September 1 to September 15, with the winner announced on October 1.
A printable PDF of the card with the winning artwork will be made available online to all congregations. The greeting inside the card will appear in English, Spanish, French, Creole and Navajo.
Guidelines for submitting images:
• Images must be no larger than 256mb for submission. Final Hi-Res images should be available upon determination of winner.
• Images may be submitted by clicking here.
Bishop Mallory to Lead Worship at
Santa Lucia Mission
El Camino Real's founding Bishop, The Rt. Rev. C. Shannon Mallory, will be celebrating and preaching weekly at 10 a.m. from August 10 through September 7 at Santa Lucia Mission in Big Sur. Bishop Mallory and his wife Marti, who live in Indian Wells, CA, will be staying in Carmel Valley for the month of August; he will lead worship at Santa Lucia's outdoor Chapel in the Redwoods.
Bring a picnic to enjoy at our campground after the service. Next door, the River Inn has Jazz every Sunday during the summer on their deck overlooking the Big Sur River. Our campground has been hosting church groups for over 30 years. If you want to bring a group or book on a "site basis" when available, please call camp hosts Duane or Pat Gomez at 831-667-2310.
Santa Lucia Mission (a mission of All Saints’, Carmel) is located at 46896 Highway One in Big Sur. For questions about Bishop Mallory's visit, contact The Rev Cynthia M. Spencer at All Saints’ at (520) 260-5150 or email@example.com. For more information visit http://www.allsaintscarmel.org/.
Join St. Jude's for a Sneak Preview
of Desmond Tutu Film
On Friday, August 22, you're invited to a work-in-progress screening of a film about Desmond Tutu -- The Foolishness of God: A Forgiveness Journey with Desmond Tutu. Director Karen Hayes will show two 20-minute previews, containing remarkable footage from over the years, talk about her journey, and answer questions. The screening will be held at 7:30 p.m. at St. Jude's in Cupertino; refreshments will be provided and donations are welcome. For more information on the film see http://www.tutuandforgivenessfilm.com/Site/Home.html.