Fifteen young members of our diocese with the children of a rural Guatemalan village called Ixtacapa (eesh-ta-ca-pa). This June, our youth spent a week building two houses of cinderblock and stucco. They dug trenches, mixed concrete, heaved an enormous boulder out of a stream, applied stucco, and poured a concrete floor. They also made memories to last a lifetime. In Ixtacapa, $1.90 supports a family of eight. Despite this, the community has come together to open a tutoring center. Our youth raised funds for computers, WiFi and a printer by hosting a dinner for the diocese on August 11. They plan to foster the relationships they built through future trips.
As I write, 18 children and one teacher have been reported dead at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas after yet another school shooting. The anguish, trauma, and fear of students, parents, and teachers touched by this violence is unimaginable. Today’s shooting affects young children, who have the right to grow up safe and protected […]
This year, May 30th is our nation’s Memorial Day, it is observed on the last Monday of May, and it honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Going back to the Civil War, where nearly 500,000 people died, women in the South tended the graves of fallen soldiers, not […]
This past Sunday, the EDSD Youth Leadership Council gathered at St. Thomas of Canterbury in Temecula. After worship that morning, the council spent time reflecting on their work this year and talking about goals for next year’s council. Elizabeth Sipra, a member of this year’s YLC from St. Thomas, said, “I think that Youth Leadership […]