An Episcopal Letter to the Texas Annual Conference Churches

Dear United Methodist Brothers and Sisters

Resurrection Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I write to all of you this day to tell you that truly we “have seen the Lord” in caring for our sisters and brothers of New Orleans. A friend commented to me earlier this week, “It is in times like this that one can see the true soul of a people and an institution.” Your souls are surely shining.

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Rick Reinhard. Photo by Valerie Smallwood.

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Mission and Ministry
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Disaster Relief
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Finding light in the darkness of 9/11

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