Tuesday, May 26, 2015
On May 6, 2015, strong storms and tornados swept through Oklahoma,
and the Santa Maria Red Cross Partner Shelter in Oklahoma City
sprang into action. Almost immediately, those who had lost
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
My name is Ethan Lowery and I have a confession. I am an
extrovert. And a church nerd. So imagine how exciting it is
for me to take folks on an aerial tour of The Episcopal Church
across the 50...
Friday, February 13, 2015
Lord, when was it that We saw you hungry and gave you food?
We saw you thirsty and gave you something to drink? We saw you a
stranger and welcomed you? We saw you sick and took care of you? We
Monday, January 12, 2015
There is a Haitian proverb that says, ‘Se lè ou nan malè ou konnen
si ou gen bon zanmi’ which translates to ‘It is in difficult times
that you know who your good friends are.’ This proverb...
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
In my past life, I was an active theatrical director and
designer. For a few years, I taught theater at a wonderful
private school in Texas. During this time I helped to
establish a theater program...
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Last month Program Officer Abiy Seifu zoomed in on the Ebola crisis
by sharing a story about how our program partners
are responding to the outbreak on the ground. This month we
zoom out as we learn...
Sunday, October 12, 2014
What has been increasingly clear in the last few months is the
valuable role of faith communities in our troubled world. In
Liberia, populations affected by Ebola are more inclined to listen
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
On a cloudy day in September, Agnes, Boima, Siah, Weedor and Harry
gather at the Bong County Health Office in Liberia. They make up
the Core Development Program team for the Episcopal Church...
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Recently, I travelled to Central Washington State
with Dave Baylor and the Rev. Patty Baker. Dave
and Patty are co-Diocesan Disaster Coordinators for the Diocese of
Olympia, and Dave is a fellow...
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
By Nagulan Nesiah ----------------------------- A few weeks ago, we
shared a story on a group of elderly folks in rural China who are
making a difference in their community by cleaning up their...
Monday, October 28, 2013
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.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
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
Friday, January 11, 2013
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,
Friday, November 16, 2012
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
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
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...
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
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
Thursday, July 28, 2011
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...
Friday, June 3, 2011
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
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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
Thursday, September 16, 2010
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