QUAD CITIES FAITH COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER IN SUPPORT OF HAITI’S EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jo Cohrs   
Monday, 01 March 2010 11:08

Usually, if one were to ask:  “What do Roman Catholics, mainstream Protestants, Evangelical Christians, Jews, and Moslems have in common?” more often than not, the answer would be “Very little!”  However, in recent weeks, that has been far from the case.  These faith communities, who often differ, and sometimes differ vigorously over such matters as social issues, geo-politics, and points of theology, have been crossing what sometimes appears as impenetrate lines and coming together in common cause over their mutual concern for the plight of the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

A few weeks ago, Churches United of the Quad Cities, Temple Emanuel, and a number of local clergy initiated a drive to unite the various faith communities of the Quad Cities in their efforts to aid Haitian earthquake victims.  A letter was sent out to all clergy and houses of worship, encouraging them to support the fund raising efforts of their particular national or international faith group and to report their efforts to the local coordinators of this project.  The goal of the organizers was to gather the data which would demonstrate the impact of our Quad Cities faith communities on this important relief effort.  It was their hope that by demonstrating how supportive of this cause have been our churches, synagogues, and mosques, they would be able to encourage both additional charitable giving of behalf of the Haitian people and greater interfaith respect and cooperation within our community.

To date, 46 faith communities have reported the results of their relief efforts.  Together, they have raised almost $188,000.00.  Congregational giving has ranged from $150.00 to $20,000.00 (see list below).  These funds have been directed to at least 21 separate agencies and organizations (see list below).

While the majority of the participating congregations conducted direct fund appeals, either from their pulpits, in their newsletters, or by email, there were some congregations that went a step further in their efforts.  There were those who put together health kits or meal kits, those who involved the children of their congregation in special projects, concerts, and there was one that hosted a fund raising Taco Fiesta (see list below).

The figures reported are minimal.  There are many other congregations in our community that have raised funds on behalf of Haitian relief, but which have yet to report their efforts to the organizers of this project.  There are also many in our faith communities whose giving cannot be tracked because they sent their contributions directly to their denominational funds or to social service agencies.

There has rarely been a time in our community when we have experienced such a coming together of our diverse congregations, affirming the positive values we share in common and the potential power of religion to better the quality of life for all people.

For further information, please feel free to contact either Rev. Ronald Quay, Executive Director of Churches United of the Quad Cities (309/786-6494) or Rabbi Henry Jay Karp of Temple Emanuel (563/326-4419).

QUAD CITIES FAITH COMMUNITY SUPPORT OF HAITIAN RELIEF EFFORTS

  1. All Saints Episcopal Community of Faith, Moline
  2. Asbury United Methodist Church, Bettendorf
  3. Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, Moline
  4. Bettendorf Christian Church
  5. Bettendorf Presbyterian Church
  6. The Bridge Foursquare Church, Milan
  7. Broadway Presbyterian Church
  8. Christ United Methodist Church, East Moline
  9. Edwards Congregational United Church of Christ, Davenport
  10. Eldridge United Methodist Church
  11. Faith Lutheran Church, Eldridge
  12. 15th Avenue Christian Church, Rock Island
  13. First Baptist Church, Cordova
  14. First Baptist Church, Davenport
  15. First Baptist Church, East Moline
  16. First Baptist Church, Moline
  17. First Christian Church, Davenport
  18. First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, Moline
  19. First Lutheran Church, Erie
  20. First Lutheran Church, Rock Island
  21. First Presbyterian Church, LeClaire
  22. First Presbyterian Church, Milan
  23. First United Methodist Church, Geneseo
  24. Grace Lutheran Church, Opheim
  25. Grace United Church of Christ, Wilton
  26. Heritage Church, Rock Island
  27. Hope United Church of Christ, Moline
  28. Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities
  29. Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities, Davenport
  30. Moline Mosque
  31. Orion United Methodist Church, Orion
  32. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Bettendorf
  33. Our Savior Presbyterian Church, Le Claire
  34. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Davenport
  35. Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rock Island
  36. Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport
  37. St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Long Grove
  38. St. John’s United Methodist Church, Davenport
  39. St. Mark Lutheran Church, Davenport
  40. St. Paul the Apostle Church & School, Davenport
  41. St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Rock Island
  42. Salem Lutheran Church, Moline
  43. Temple Emanuel, Davenport
  44. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Davenport
  45. Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline
  46. Union Congregational United Church of Christ

SUB TOTAL = $187,958.09

RECIPIENT FUNDS & ORGANIZATIONS

  1. American Baptist International Ministries
  2. American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
  3. Catholic Relief Services in Haiti
  4. Congregational & Denominational missionaries in Haiti & the Dominican Republic
  5. Disciples of Christ Week of Compassion
  6. ELCA Disaster Relief Fund
  7. Episcopal Relief and Development Fund for Haiti
  8. Foursquare Churches and Orphanage in Haiti
  9. Haiti:  Caring With Crutches
  10. LCMC missionaries in Haiti
  11. Lifeline Christian Mission in Haiti
  12. Lutheran World Relief
  13. Metropolitan Community Church Denominational Emergency Fund
  14. One Great Hour of Sharing (UCC & Baptist)
  15. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, PCUSA
  16. The Red Cross
  17. SERVHaiti
  18. Union for Reform Judaism Haiti Relief Fund
  19. United Church of Christ Illinois Conference Haiti Relief Fund
  20. United Methodist Committee on Relief
  21. Waves of Mercy (funds raised to purchase and ship 31,900 pounds of rice to the Waves of Mercy mission site in Haiti)

SPECIAL FUND RAISING AND ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

  1. Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church of Moline is collecting funds for the purchase of clothing and emergency items.
  2. Edwards Congregational United Church of Christ of Davenport is having their children make Haiti Pins to sell as a fund raiser, and two of their musical groups is planning a benefit concert for March 14 at 3:00 p.m..
  3. Faith Lutheran Church in Eldridge is putting together health kits that will be distributed
  4. First Lutheran Church in Rock Island is making health kits for Lutheran World Relief.
  5. First Baptist East Moline is putting together health kits and baby layettes that will be distributed.
  6. First Presbyterian Church of LeClaire held a Taco Fiesta fund raiser for Haiti.
  7. St. John’s United Methodist Church in Davenport is partnering with Kids Against Hunger in working to provide 100,000 meals in Haiti.
  8. Prince of Peace Church of Davenport is collecting crutches to donate to Haiti:  Caring With Crutches
  9. St. Paul the Apostle School, Davenport, held a benefit concert at the River Music Experience, featuring the Meyers Brothers and others.
  10. Temple Emanuel & Tri City Jewish Center religious school students decided to dedicate four weeks of their weekly charitable giving to Haitian relief efforts.
  11. Temple Emanuel of Davenport’s Tikkun Olam (Social Justice) Committee is running a used book fair to raise funds for Haitian relief.
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