Good Friday - Give Ourselves in Love

By Gay Clark Jennings --------------------------------- It is Good Friday. A somber and painful day.  A day of betrayal and suffering. Jesus stands accused and convicted. His friends have deserted...
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Taking the Long View on Disaster Recovery

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...
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The Power of Neighbors: Lessons from Ghana

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. ---------------- On...
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Partners Help Reduce Risk Through Disaster Preparedness Program

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 &...
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Instant Noodles

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 by the...
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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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Healing a Hurting World in the Aftermath of Sandy, Part 1

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...
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Are You Prepared?

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...
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Parable of the Three Coordinators

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 them with...
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Short-term Employment Projects Still Appreciated

“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 the urban...
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Ready

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,...
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Pastors and Disasters

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 of...
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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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Be Ready

This guest post by Anne Ditzler, Senior Program Director at the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF), is reposted with permission from the ECF Vital Practices blog.Two nights ago I arrived home to...
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You CAN Go Home Again, Part 2

In my new position as Assistant Priest at St. Mary’s Episcopal, I was surprised and delighted to find that people found my triathlon hobby charming. I had already signed up for Nation’s, and...
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You CAN Go Home Again, Part 1

The Rev. Betsy Tesi is Assistant Priest at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Eugene, Oregon. Formerly based on the East Coast, she was a member of the Diocese of Connecticut disaster response...
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A Disaster Response Plan of Our Very Own

     ✓  Watching the news for weather updates?  Check.     ✓  Providing everyone with information on how to safely shelter in place?  Check.     ✓  Updating the phone/e-mail list to facilitate...
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Living the Vision of Serving Those in Need

In my work at Episcopal Relief & Development, one of the things that continually surprises me is just how many Episcopal congregations around the country are actively engaged in disaster response. So...
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Trees of Life

It took me a while to digest the fact that he said 17,000 trees… seventeen THOUSAND trees!! Following the 2004 tsunami, Episcopal Relief & Development collaborated with multiple organizations to...
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