Rev. Jan Christian, Congregational Life Staff member for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Pacific Western Region, sends us this very welcome information:
The UUA Disaster Relief Fund is now available for costs arising from fires in Northern California.
Being described as “a serious, critical, catastrophic event,” the wild fires in Northern California continue to burn out of control. The death toll is at 31 and expected to climb as hundreds are still missing, including at least one member from our Napa congregation. Over 3,500 buildings have been lost. At least eleven of the homes destroyed belonged to members of our congregations, including members who relocated to the area after losing everything in Hurricane Katrina. The loss of cherished animal companions has also been reported.
This is when we remember that we belong to one another and that together we can do what we cannot do alone. To give to the UUA Disaster Relief Fund: https://giving.uua.org/disaster-aid. Jan adds: “I will be serving on the committee in charge of disbursing funds. News will go out to our PWR congregations and congregational life staff in other regions will be reaching out to their congregations as well. We will highlight this in the next issue of our newsletter (the link to subscribe is https://uua874. activehosted.com/f/1311 ). I expect to be interviewed by UUWorld tomorrow.”
Thank you, Jan, and thanks to the UUA for giving us a way to help each other.
—Rev Amy Zucker Morgenstern