American Baptists Respond to Water Crisis in Flint

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 2/19/16)—In response to the water crisis in Flint, Mich., American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ Disaster Relief Office has distributed a $2,500 Emergency Grant from American Baptist Churches USA One Great Hour of Sharing funds to American Baptist Churches of Michigan. The region will forward funds to Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Flint, which is coordinating American Baptist relief efforts in the city.

Both the state and federal governments have declared a state of emergency in the city because its drinking water is contaminated with lead, rendering it unsuitable for drinking, cooking and bathing.

“While there are certainly justice and advocacy dimensions to the crisis in Flint, ABHMS is pleased to make this first installment on behalf of American Baptists in responding to the immediate human need for clean water,” says Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, ABHMS executive director. “And we urge our American Baptist family to continue your generosity, which makes such gifts possible.”

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Something in the Water: Privilege and Poison in Flint Michigan

pollutionBy Rev. Erin Wathen

It must be something in the water, they say… When a common trend takes hold of a community. Like a bunch of women in the same church get pregnant at the same time; or an extended family has a big  wave of weddings in one summer; or a bunch of houses in the neighborhood go on the market at the same time.

Or when all the kids in a single town suddenly turn up with lead poisoning.

Except in the instance of a small town in Michigan, it is not proverbial. It is no folksy appellation. It is a real life iteration of what happens when something really does taint the water supply, affecting an entire community. There is for sure something in the water in the town of Flint, and it’s not a baby boom or the love bug, or any of those other cutesy things that take hold of groups of people from time to time. It is cloudy; it is dirty; it is poison. And somebody, somewhere knew about it and did nothing.

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