Monday, November 24, 2014
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
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...
Monday, November 17, 2014
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
Thursday, October 30, 2014
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...
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...
Monday, October 27, 2014
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
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...
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...