The Power of Neighbors: Lessons from Ghana

As the one-year anniversary approaches, we are checking in with select sites that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy, which struck the Caribbean and eastern US in late October 2012. ---------------- On...
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'Fantastical, Magical, Musical Extravaganza' Entertains and Makes a Difference

Faithful readers (har har get it?), you may remember a story from last year about a remarkable high school student named Benjamin Wright.  Working with a group of friends and fellow actors, he put...
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A Harvest of the Arts, for Haiti

Once in a while, I’ll get a phone call out of the blue that winds up being a great story.  I have the Rev. Dr. Erin Kirby to thank for this one. Reverend Erin, as she is known in her parish, was a...
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“A Shield in the Midst of Life’s Storms”

In mid-October, I traveled with Katie Mears, our Program Manager for US Disaster Preparedness and Response, to the town of West Pittston, Pennsylvania.  West Pittston had suffered severe flooding...
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Partners in Response Visit Southern Indiana

At the invitation of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, we visited the area affected by the March 2, 2012 tornados, rated EF-4 (second most destructive). This storm left a swath of death...
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Parable of the Three Coordinators

In a great land, prior to an extended clergy retreat, a diocesan disaster manager called together her three regional coordinators and imparted to them her wisdom. She entrusted the three of them with...
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One Grain of Sand

When I was a member of St. Matthew’s Parish Life Guild (PLG) in the 1990s, our mission was a concerted effort of outreach. Through our fundraising efforts, we were able to contribute financially...
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The Parable of the Family of Four

A certain family of five lived in the land of the rising sun, where there was a big flood.  One member of the family died, leaving the family with just four.  The surviving members were grieved and...
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Lent, Running and Connecting with a Hurting World: Part 1

This year, I tried to commit to two seemingly unconnected devotions during the season of Lent. One was to be more intentional in exercise by training specifically for a half marathon. The second was...
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Trees of Life

It took me a while to digest the fact that he said 17,000 trees… seventeen THOUSAND trees!! Following the 2004 tsunami, Episcopal Relief & Development collaborated with multiple organizations to...
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The Foundation for Improved Disaster Response

“I don’t want to be a recipient of aid, but want to be treated with dignity so that I can stand on my own feet.”This was a statement by Vasuki, an internally displaced person (IDP) from one of...
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Landing in Sri Lanka

I must have taken the shuttle from the airport to Colombo city at least twice yearly for the past four years since joining Episcopal Relief & Development, as part of my role in managing our programs...
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Cash For Work Program Helps Rebuild Lives

Wednesday was a rich day filled with visits to communities engaged in cash-for-work programs.One of the big challenges that large-scale disasters bring is the breakdown of the routines of work,...
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