Stirred by a desire to bring good news to people in distress, graduates of General Theological Seminary offered compassionate ministry throughout the regions effected by Hurricane Sandy. Episcopal parishes responded by offering pastoral care, shelter, food, and hope to thousands of people devastated in the aftermath.
The Rev. Jadon Hartsuff, curate at St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who graduated last spring, helped to run a shelter for 42 neighbors whose homes were threatened by flooding. Remembering the devastating flooding during Hurricane Irene in August 2011, the church held early conversations with city officials to open the shelter.
"For us, this is the church, taking care of God's people and allowing the love of Christ to be known in this city," said Fr. Hartsuff.
Here is a link to a local television news story about the parish's shelter, including an interview with Fr. Hartsuff.