A message about the Mountain Fire from the Very Rev. Richard Yale, Dean of the Alta California Deanery

A message about the Mountain Fire from the Very Rev. Richard Yale, Dean of the Alta California Deanery

Dear Friends in Christ,

As you have just read, earlier this afternoon we received word about a fire that has broken out northeast of Redding. The Mountain Fire is being watched very carefully by the Office of the Bishop and those of us in the Alta California Deanery who have been in partnership with our communities in the last year responding to the recent fires.

We are hopeful that the fire will be managed with speed, and prayerful that there will no loss of life or property. As of now none of the region’s Episcopal Churches are near the fire.

All Saints’, Redding, is busily preparing to serve their neighbors, and to receive evacuees if that becomes necessary. For the present moment, they are most grateful for your prayers. We ask that at this time that everyone refrain from calling the Rev. Carren Shelton or the All Saints’ office. The Office of the Bishop will alert people when and if assistance is needed.

Many of us in the North State have undergone much in the last year in the wake of the numerous fires in recent years. The news of a new fire or even the scent of smoke in the air may evoke a strong and negative emotional response. If you are someone experiencing these kinds of responses, please do not neglect dealing with such reactions, reach out to clergy caregivers, counselors, and your support network.

Both as Dean of Alta California and member of the Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Group, I have discovered in this past year that there is an incredible community of support and care, both within our churches and the wider community, that pull together for healing, wellness, and recovery. Our prayer that that wide community continue to embrace us all as we move forward in the midst of our trauma and need.

Grace and Peace,

The Very Rev. Richard Yale

Dean, Alta California Deanery

Chair, Spiritual and Emotional Wellness Committee, Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Group

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