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[ENS] Planning for a pandemic: Resources for the Church in case of Avian flu / Catalyst: Just Passin

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Date Fri, 16 Feb 2007 17:14:35 -0500

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Planning for a pandemic: Resources for the Church in case of Avian flu

Editor's note: The Rev. Phillip Cato, a retired priest long associated with the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Child Health and Development, last year took up the task of pandemic preparedness. Cato, of Potomac, Maryland, wanted the Episcopal Church to have a plan in place in case of an Avian Flu pandemic.

From his own parish, St. John's in Olney, Maryland, he gathered Jay

Lozier, MD, PhD, an epidemiologist/hematologist; Anne Dolbier, a professional in disaster planning with a master's degree in public health; and Dawn Hohl, a registered nurse at Johns Hopkins who is in charge of care for discharged patients. Together they prepared a comprehensive plan for use by parishes and dioceses, as well as individual families.

"Pandemic Influenza Planning," a 28-page report including a PowerPoint presentation and a list of resources and appendices, is available from Cato ( or Richard Olsen, disaster planner with Episcopal Relief and Development (

What follows are excerpts from the pandemic planning report and a partial list of additional resources.

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Catalyst: "Just Passing Through: Notes from a Sojourner" from Church Publishing, Inc., by Margaret Guenther, 184 pages, paperback, c. 2007, $14

[Source: Church Publishing, Inc.] -- Sojourner is an Old French word with jour-day-at its heart. It reminds us of our transience and of the inexorable passage of time. It reminds us that we do not own this world but that we are merely passing through. It reminds us that God's time is not our time.

Fans of Margaret Guenther will welcome this salty and wise collection of reflections on her life journey her childhood in Kansas City, her college days, her career, her travels, and her slow awakening to transience of all things. This writer and spiritual director looks back over the nearly eight decades of her life, tackling themes of childhood, friendship, moving, the magic of words, heaven, spirituality in cyberspace, asking the right questions, and things never to do again.

Readers of Holy Listening, On Holy Ground, My Soul in Silence Waits, At Home in the World, and The Practice of Prayer will delight in this book of fresh, humorous insights.

To order: Episcopal Books and Resources, online at or call 800.903.5544.

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