Lutherans respond to September 11 aftermath
Members of Twin Cities Lutheran congregations have rallied to help those affected by the terrorist attacks of September 11.
Members and friends of Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, Minnesota, contributed $52,942.68 at special worship services held in response to the disaster. The funds will be used to assist Luther Seminary intern Heather Brown, serving at the only Arabic Lutheran congregation in New York City.
Members of Calvary Church felt a special urgency to assist, since Brown’s sister, the Rev. Mary Brown, is on Calvary’s staff. Another sister, Elise, is serving a congregation in Manhattan near which all the firemen at two stations died.
Lutheran Brotherhood (LB) and Aid Association for Luther-ans (AAL) have committed $5.6 million to help those affected by the attack. LB has provided an additional $650,000 match for gifts its members earmarked for Lutheran Disaster Response.
As war darkens prospects for hungry people in Afghanistan, Lutheran World Relief and four other faith-based humanitarian agencies in the U.S. are calling for much-needed aid there to be separated from military and partisan activities.
In a statement issued November 1, the agencies urged compliance with three humanitarian principles in order to ensure effective aid: focus on need, not military strategy; draw upon multilateral cooperation for humanitarian relief; don’t allow military intervention to make humanitarian crises even worse.
The statement, addressed to governmental and non-governmental organizations involved in Afghan aid work, was issued by the American Friends Service Committee, Church World Service, Lutheran World Relief, Mennonite Central Committee, and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.