Learning to Live in Hope of Resurrection

I have to admit that writing a blog for Good Friday is a real challenge for me. To me, Good Friday has always felt like one of those inevitable processes that you have to get through to reach the...
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Episcopal Asset Map: Aerial Tours of The Episcopal Church -- Sign Up Now!

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...
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Japan Earthquake Anniversary: Three Little Owls

Once upon a time, three little owls sat at my desk. The story of where they came from has a sad beginning, but a joyful end. In the beginning is the triple disaster that hit eastern Japan on March 11,...
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Inspired to Act - Tanner Tennyson

Tanner Tennyson grew up in a small town on the peninsula, across the water from Seattle, Washington. He’s always had a heart for kids and people he could sense were hurting inside. At birth...
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Sharing the Legacy: Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday

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 saw...
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Super Bowl Scrooges Unite to Make a Difference

Throughout the year people come up with creative ways to raise money for Episcopal Relief & Development. One popular and fun way has been during major sporting events like the World Series or the...
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Haiti 2015 : Remembrance, Reflection and a Hopeful Look to the Future

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...
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1998 Ice Storm: Suddenly We Were the Community in Need

As we celebrate 75 years of Healing a Hurting World we're looking back on historical events including the severe ice storm that struck Maine in 1998. It was situations like this that led to...
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Celebrating and Sharing Abundance at Thanksgiving Tables and Worldwide!

My family tradition for Thanksgiving was, like many others, built around a spectacular communal meal. At least 15 members of my extended family would gather around the oval oak dining room table with...
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Advent Lessons from The Sound of Music, or a Few of Our Favorite Things…

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...
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Mobile Health Clinic: A Path to Dignity and Wholeness

I first met the people of the Diocese of El Salvador in 2001 when I visited there in response to a series of earthquakes that had flattened the country.  I traveled with a dedicated slate of church...
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El Dia de los Muertos: Leave a Legacy

Around my house, we have a special love for la Dia de los Muertos. Well before we had children, my wife and I collected Dia de los Muertos art from Mexico. Being a physical therapist, my wife has...
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Combatting Ebola Requires Informed Dialogue

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...
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Superstorm Sandy: Rebuilding and Recovery

When Hurricane Sandy hit the US East Coast two years ago, I was hunkered down with my cat in our apartment in Brooklyn.  Encouraged by our US Disaster Program staff and having gone through Hurricane...
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Global Church Partners Complete Disaster Toolkit

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 to...
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Responding to the Ebola Crisis: A Collective Effort

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...
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Drawing Strength and Vision from the One Who Came to Serve

One of the most significant events during my years as Presiding Bishop was the transformation of The Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief into Episcopal Relief & Development. The change in title...
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Relationships Matter in Disaster Recovery

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...
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Taking the Long View on Disaster Recovery

When Typhoon Haiyan struck, a colleague and I were packing our bags for a visit with our partners in the Philippines. Initially, it wasn't clear if the typhoon would set things back since...
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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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