Thursday, September 11, 2014
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
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...
Monday, November 11, 2013
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...
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.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Today is International Day of Disaster Reduction; an annual
observance by the United Nations to raise awareness of how people
take action to reduce their risk to disasters. For Episcopal Relief
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
Monday, June 10, 2013
I've heard "It's like drinking from a fire hose" quite a few times
since I arrived in New York, but I'm not so sure. Yes, there is a
great deal to learn about the work of Episcopal Relief...
Thursday, May 30, 2013
This disaster response story from China is a reminder of Episcopal
Relief & Development's global reach and the commitment we have
to heal a hurting world, here and abroad. The warehouse run
Saturday, April 20, 2013
In this blog Katie Mears, Director of our US Disaster Preparedness
and Response Program, reiterates the importance of disaster
preparedness and shares some tips on how to create your...
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
In my work as Communications Officer for Episcopal Relief &
Development, I get to talk to a lot of wonderful people in
congregations across the country about the ways they engage with
our mission of...
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
Friday, November 2, 2012
We face a difficult and cold weekend here in the Tri-State area.
The initial devastation of Hurricane Sandy has been shocking.
Now, however, we are entering a slow-motion disaster as much of...
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
This guest post is adapted from an article by the Rev. John Major,
Rector, and Janine Ungvarsky, FLOODCare Coordinator, of Trinity
Episcopal Church (West Pittston, Pennsylvania). Father John is...
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...
Sunday, February 26, 2012
This week, a group of Episcopal Church leaders and lay members have
been on a study tour in Ghana, West Africa, to visit Episcopal
Relief & Development field partners and programs. Some of...
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
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
“In times like these we all need to keep moving.” - Mr.
PompeeMr. Pompee, age 72, was one of 66 individuals employed in an
Episcopal Relief & Development–supported employment project in
Thursday, December 29, 2011
By the time you read this blog post, Advent will be long gone. All
of the waiting and preparation is completed: the gifts wrapped and
unwrapped, Christmas pageants rehearsed and performed,...
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
They spoke of losing family members during the long civil war. They
shared their experiences of surviving the 2004 tsunami. They
articulated their responses to the recent severe flooding. But most
Friday, September 9, 2011
I hope that folks are now used to hearing about disaster
preparedness—the billboards, the ads on TV. “Make a kit, have a
plan, be informed.” I worry sometimes, though, that we’re
forgetting why we do...