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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Resilient Communities Grow to Help Others

On November 8, 2013, the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded hit the central islands of the Philippines. The islands of Leyte and Samar were hit the hardest, with more than 6,000 dead and...
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An Historical Journey: 75 Years of Healing a Hurting World

I’m excited to introduce Episcopal Relief & Development’s virtual timeline, featuring key moments in our 75 Years of Healing a Hurting World. Our team has been hard at work — scouring the archives,...
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Gifts of Love, Gifts for Life!

Advent is a season to anticipate the coming of Christ. And what better way to celebrate the spirit of the Christ Child, than to love one another as Christ loved us! In my work on the Engagement team...
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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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Holy Water: Constructing a Rain-Water Reservoir

In the area where I live in Sri Lanka, we are currently experiencing an extended water cut, a result of inadequate maintenance of public infrastructure.  The last water-cut we experienced in...
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Third Time's the Charm?

World Food Day is October 16, 2014. The goal throughout the year is to raise awareness of the challenges facing family farming - which is the largest employer in the world. In this blog, Sara...
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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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A Reason to Go Out

Day of the Girl is on October 11th, a great time to remember the importance of empowering girls and women. In this story we learn that sometimes the simplest things can help. ...
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St. Francis' Day: Animals as Blessings

On St. Francis’ Day, many Episcopal churches open their doors to animals of every kind. Fuzzy, furry, feathered and scaled. Slimy, soft, cuddly and jumpy; people and their animal companions come...
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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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Fostering Sustainable Livelihoods in Mozambique

In this captivating video, we can see how Asset-Based Community Development is used to empower remote communities in Mozambique. One example of the partnership between Episcopal Relief & Development ...
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Microfinance Program Empowers Women to Create Their Own Sustainable Income

In this week’s featured story, you will learn about one of Episcopal Relief & Development’s programs in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras. The program provides micro-credit loans to...
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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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Mothers’ Union Organizes to Boost Adult Literacy

"Literacy is a key lever of change and a practical tool of empowerment on each of the three main pillars of sustainable development: economic development, social development and environmental...
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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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