September 29, 2009.
Dear Philippine UU’s and Unitarians and Universalists around the world
It is with a heavy heart that I and other members of the Staff and Executive Committee of the ICUU have followed devastating effects of Typhoon Onday from afar. There are few things more frightening than the feelings of powerlessness that can come to us as we stand helpless before the storm. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you struggle with the immediate emergency conditions and with the aftermath of cleaning up and rebuilding lives, homes and businesses.
I hope that many will join me in following the unfolding story. I also invite all who are able and feel so inclined to contribute to relief efforts through your national Red Cross/Red Crescent organizations.
May you in the Philippines find peace and safety soon. May you be spared further setbacks and may you all be graced with the blessings of God.
Rev. Brian J. Kiely
International Council of Unitarians and Universalists