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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Donkeys – A Labor-Saving Strategy Then and Now

We all know that Mary rode a donkey as she and Joseph traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem [1]. And all women who have given birth can truly appreciate the value of that donkey, given the 80-mile...
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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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Good Friday - Season of Transformation

As we recount the passion and suffering of our savior Jesus Christ, Good Friday offers us the opportunity to re-affirm our faith. Throughout the season a series of events with spiritual exercises is...
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Turning the Tide in Namibia

Last week, people from around the world converged in Washington, D.C., to participate in the 19th International AIDS Conference. Through this year’s theme, “Turning the Tide Together,”...
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Called to Make a Positive Difference

My name is Benjamin Wright, and I am a firm believer that anyone and everyone can and should make a positive difference in the world. Regrettably, in our society today, teenagers are not pushed to...
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Inspiring Hope in Congo

  “I am proud of what I’ve been able to do and who I’ve become.”                                           - Nabintu, age 80, Bukavu, DRC A quick web search of the keywords “women” and “DRC” will...
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God Can Empower Us to Change the World. It's a Slam Dunk.

This has been an unusual Lent for me. Living in a new city with a new job would be enough of a change to shake things up. But that's not what I'm thinking of. Along with my friend Tim Schenck, I...
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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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Working to Transform a Legacy

I have had the distinct privilege of organizing and participating in three study tours to Ghana to see our work with the Anglican Diocesan Development and Relief Organization (ADDRO), our...
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Anglican Partnerships Empowering Women

On February 28, Episcopal Relief & Development and the Zambian Anglican Council (ZAC) participated in “US African Partnerships: Success Stories from African Rural Women,” a panel facilitated...
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Video: Grace from Zambia Talks about Women's Literacy and Empowerment

Last week, I had the rare treat of talking to an Episcopal Relief & Development program partner in person.  Although our program officers often meet face-to-face with our local church partners in the...
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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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Following in Their Footsteps

During the Christmas season, as we reflect on the birth of Jesus and the meaning of our faith, it’s important for all of us to take stock of how we serve God in our everyday lives.Earlier this year, I...
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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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“More Fun Than Recess”

At the Episcopal School of Knoxville, we are literally getting “hands-on” experience in finding out what it is like to produce our own sustainable food supply. Using the Abundant Life Garden...
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Youth Empowered for Mission: EYE is an Eye-Opener

Our concept of mission has changed since arriving at the 2011 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) in St. Paul, Minnesota. We have realized it’s not just about going somewhere that requires a passport, but...
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Empowering Youth

As I stood in front of an energized crowd of nearly 1,200 youth, youth leaders and bishops, who had just spent twenty minutes jumping, clapping, singing, shouting and praising God at the...
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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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The Jofeh Center: Faith in Action (Part 2)

One young woman, Manwa, is a shining example of how the Jofeh Community Rehabilitation Center is empowering women, men and children and transforming lives. Like many mentally challenged children in...
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