rebuilding after Katrina to be done through conversation around a table that
includes everyone who is concerned.
The United Methodist Church is calling for rebuilding after Katrina to be done through conversation around a table that includes everyone who is concerned. The text of the paid commentary follows:
As the humanitarian crises caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita gradually slip off the evening news and front pages of our newspapers, the hard work of rebuilding communities is just beginning.
Following the catastrophic losses of these tragedies, people came together in remarkable ways, showing concern, compassion and generosity in very concrete ways. Across the country, people banded together and lived the biblical call to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. We all learned that communities are not just places where we live and work, communities are the people who make those places unique.
We pray that this renewed understanding of community will inspire the rebuilding of the devastated areas. In order to rebuild a community, not just a city or town, it is crucial that those people who live there have a voice in the reconstruction. And it’s equally important that local companies share in the work and local residents are hired to do the labor, and are included in the planning.
Restoring communities also means encouraging and respecting all the voices of the community. By supporting equal access to housing, education, employment and medical, care, rebuilt communities will be even stronger than before.
By incorporating local residents and business in the rebuilding process and laying a foundation of respect and equality, communities will not only be renewed, but the efforts to reach their reconstruction goals will also enhance human values, encourage personal and political involvement and open neighborhoods to people of all races, ages and income levels.
In the aftermath of the hurricanes, the outpouring of support was compassionate, fair and inclusive. and it is with these values that communities will be rebuilt.
The people of The United Methodist Church. Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.
Contributions to hurricane relief may be made at www.MethodistRelief.org . One hundred percent of donations made through The United Methodist Church on behalf of communities damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita will be used in the rebuilding effort. To obtain more information and add your voice, visit www.umc-gbcs.org/afterthestorm .