From Receivers to Givers

By Floyd Lawlet In February, St. James High School and the Episcopal Deanery of Besao, Philippines, hosted the 39th Convention of the Diocese of the Philippines in an amazing display of hospitality, a...
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The Untapped Potential of the Faith Community to End Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)

By Vanessa Pizer Well-meaning people and communities of all faiths have in the past colluded in sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), whether through silence, denial or negligence. Despite this,...
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Holistic Response: Prayer, Thought, and Generosity

By Miguel Angel Escobar                       “I feel like an idiot now… I only sent money.” – Ricky Gervais   This past May, when MTV noted that Beyonce, Rihanna, and Katy Perry had tweeted...
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Gay Clark Jennings on #WeWillSpeakOut

Across the Communion, Anglican women are bound together in many ways—by our shared commitment to God’s mission, our desire for unity in diversity and our work for the dignity of women and...
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Andrew Maxwell, One of the Saints of God

This All Saints’ Day, I will remember Andrew Maxwell. I never met him, but we talked on the phone occasionally. He was kind and quick, enthusiastic and sly. It’s hard to explain how all that comes...
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Planting Trees for Peace

September 21st is International Day of Peace. It's an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to peace in all viable ways. A major principle surrounding this day is the idea of peacebuilding....
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Searching for a Metaphor

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...
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Moving Whole Communities from Sickness to Strength

  “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.”                                                                                ...
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Preparation is Key: Make a Plan, Be Informed, Prepare a Kit

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...
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Caring for our Neighbors, Near and Far

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...
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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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Kids Love Christmas Market and Making a Difference

In New Mexico, Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church in Los Alamos hosted their annual Children’s Christmas Bazaar on December 1.  For the past 10 years, the church’s thrift store has been setting...
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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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Building Trust to Save Lives

It was “In-House" this week at Episcopal Relief & Development, which is when all of our staff, including from the Ghana regional office and satellite locations around the US, get together at...
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NetsForLife®—Changing Lives Here and Abroad, Part 1

High-school senior Emma Wright is a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Arlington, and a lay leader in the Diocese of Virginia. She is the lead youth representative for the Bishops’...
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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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Dying to Self, Bearing Fruit

I started writing this blog two weeks before Good Friday.  In all honesty, during this time I have not really been ready to contemplate Christ’s suffering on the cross and its meaning for my life and...
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Lent 2012: Dust and Hope

Lent started for me in the small town of Bolgatanga, northern Ghana. At the Parish Church of St. Cyprian, next door to the office of our partner, the Anglican Diocesan Development and...
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Travels in Ghana

This week, a group of Episcopal Church leaders and lay members are on an Episcopal Relief & Development study tour in Ghana, West Africa, to visit the agency’s field partners and programs. Some...
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A Year of Disasters, a Month of Preparedness

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...
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