Preparation for Lent: The Art of Gardening

Today, many of us will start our Lenten journey by kneeling to receive the sign of the cross in ashes on our foreheads, along with the words, “remember that you are dust, and to dust you...
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Putting Faith into Action – With Twice the Impact

It’s that time of year. The leaves are turning, there’s a chill in the air and the holidays are rushing toward us. And as I write, we’re over halfway through our 2011 Matching Gift Challenge. Just as...
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Christ’s Hands and Feet

Today is the feast of St Teresa of Avila. While she is a “saint’s saint” and widely loved by all Christians, I think she holds a particularly significant place in the hearts of Episcopalians....
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Moving from Crisis to Stability

I was standing in a field the other day in rural Honduras, chatting with a farmer named Alexi.  Another farmer and neighbor of Alexi's passed around freshly shucked corn on the cob for us to munch on. ...
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The Ultimate U2charist

I’ve never actually been to a “U2charist” myself.  But after being at the band’s show last night and actually getting to participate at one point, I can definitely understand why people find them so...
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Children Learn About Needs Near and Far, Part 2

The Chapel of the Cross held its Vacation Church School June 27-July 1. On each of the five days, we used a different Abundant Life Garden Project theme – water, seeds, soil, animals and harvest –...
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Children Learn About Needs Near and Far, Part 1

At The Chapel of the Cross, our Children and Family Ministry Committee had already started planning a different Vacation Church School (VCS) when we heard about the soon-to-be-released Abundant Life...
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Sharing the Garden of God’s Abundance

Several years ago, while stocking shelves with canned goods from our school community food drive at the Friends in Deed food pantry in Pasadena, California, I was drawn to the table in the center...
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Sermon Notes

In November 2010, the Episcopal Relief & Development Seminary Network held its annual meeting at Duke Divinity School. Our Seminary Coordinators are volunteer advocates who serve to connect their...
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God is the Missional Agent

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The Abundant Life Garden Project

Note: Cynthia Coe (www.ETChristianFormation.org) worked with Episcopal Relief & Development to develop our new children’s curriculum. We are extremely grateful to Cynthia for her expertise and...
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Doubling Your Investment

Disclaimer: I normally do not like to ask for donations on this blog. It was created as a forum for interaction, to hear thoughts from people about issues related to faith-based relief...
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Lost in Abstraction: Reflections on the UN MDG Summit

Last night as the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Summit drew to a close here in New York, I found myself attending a gala reception in honor of the MDGs.  It’s always a...
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Book Review of The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa by Deborah Brautigam

In my former life, I was a China scholar.  Thus it was with considerable interest that I picked up Deborah Brautigam’s new book The Dragon’s Gift.   When I travel in Africa for Episcopal Relief &...
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A Palm Sunday Test

Palm Sunday is where the rubber hits the road in our faith. By the end of the service, we’ve literally and figuratively stripped away all of the glory and triumph and are filled with foreboding...
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A Tough Year

As 2009 draws to a close, one can almost hear the sighs of relief.  The financial crisis has affected millions here in the U.S. But even in the midst of it, I’m reminded of the vital support we get...
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A Prayer for Those Living in Poverty and Hunger

Each morning, while my daughter is still asleep in the early hours of Anaheim’s sunshine here at the Episcopal Church’s General Convention, I am leafing through Lifting Women’s Voices: Prayers...
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Struggling with Satan

I don’t know about you, but I have quite a number of “Satans” with which I struggle. Like Saint Paul, I often find I am consumed by my own failings or, more often, too quick to indulge in...
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Guided by Jesus and Lao Tsu

At Episcopal Relief & Development we are often asked how we are different from the many other worthy agencies fighting extreme poverty and hunger around the world.That’s a very good question. There...
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