Boston Divinity School Initiates a Week of Prayer for Japan and Calls for Focus on Alternative Energy Use

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The Episcopal Divinity School has announced a special week of prayer for Japan and those working to avert nuclear disaster starting today (March 18).

The Episcopal Divinity School has announced a special week of prayer for Japan and those working to avert nuclear disaster starting today (March 18).

The Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, President and Dean, said, “We also call on governments and corporations across the world to intensify efforts to examine renewable and alternative energy sources. This disaster, of as yet unknown proportion, highlights the need for safe energy sources and for public investment in developing such sources. Such research and development is clearly necessary and may have the added benefit of producing jobs.”

Ragsdale called on all faith communities to support the week of prayer for Japan and to find ways that best suit their community to render aid or in some way reach out to those in Japan and those involved in relief efforts.

She said it is the norm for Episcopal Divinity School to include those harmed in events, as it is throughout the church. “Disasters in Japan, New Zealand and Haiti have all brought forth particularly heartfelt prayers as we have alums in each of those countries. Members of our community (trustees, students, faculty, staff and alumni) have travelled to these and other troubled areas to volunteer in combatting community violence, human rights violations, migration challenges or natural disasters.”

Ragsdale said, “We are in the process of devising strategies of our own to reduce our carbon footprint and, spurred by these events, we will intensify our efforts."

The Reverend Clarence E. Butler, Interim Dean of Student and Community Life, said chapel staff and celebrants had been informed for the week ahead to place special emphasis on prayers for Japan. “I will begin the process at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, when I am scheduled to intone the Great Litany, and will hold Japan to the Light.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Charlene Smith, Director,
Communications and Marketing

EPISCOPAL DIVINITY SCHOOL
99 Brattle Street,
Cambridge, MA 01238    
617.682.1502
http://www.eds.edu
comms(at)eds(dot)edu

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