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By Chad Brinkman

Happy Father's Day! A New Father Practices Empowerment

In this blog, Engagement Program Officer Chad Brinkman contemplates what it takes to raise a son in the age of women's empowerment. 

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By Chad Brinkman

Good Friday: Joy Comes in The Morning

A Good Friday Blog:

“Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

– Psalms 30:5

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By Chad Brinkman

All Saints' Day: Life Lessons from Paw-Paw

For All Saints' Day, Program Officer Chad tells us about one of the most influential people in his life: his Paw-Paw! Continue reading to find what life lessons Chad learned from his grandfather.

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By Chad Brinkman

The Soul of Motherhood

This Mother’s Day I will be looking beyond the flowers and Sunday brunches, beyond the saccharine poetry of greeting card sentimentality. I will be looking at my wife and my mother, at the generations lined up behind these two women as well as those that stand beside them from around the world, and I will give heartfelt thanks for the grit and gumption that comprises the soul of motherhood.

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By Chad Brinkman

La Planificación Financiera Inspira a Mujeres Guatemaltecas a Invertir en el Futuro

This story is a translated version of a previous story: Inspiring Women to Invest in Their Futures through Financial Planning.
  En Guatemala, pequeños grupos de residentes de poblados están realizando un trabajo conjunto, para

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By Chad Brinkman

Green Hills School and NetsforLife®: Changing the World Through Innovation

Imagine a classroom where there are no desks, and where students are encouraged to write directly on the table in front of them. Imagine a classroom where students are given the latest technology to build trebuchets and catapults, implements of medieval warfare, to better connect and understand 

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By Chad Brinkman

Inspiring Women to Invest in Their Futures Through Financial Planning

To restore community vitality and renew self confidence, small groups of people in villages throughout Guatemala are working together to make a difference. The first step: Empowering women to start believing in themselves. To do this, Episcopal Relief & Development joined forces with the

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By Chad Brinkman

Emerging Seminarian Leaders Prepare for Their Pilgrimage to Ghana with Episcopal Relief & Development

In the next few weeks, two emerging seminary leaders will join others, including the Presiding Bishop, on Episcopal Relief & Development’s pilgrimage to Ghana, Africa. Charles Bauer and Lisa Jacoby are the recipients of the 2015 Episcopal Relief & Development Ghana Pilgrimage Seminary

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By Chad Brinkman

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 for the school.  One of the highlights of this program was the annual musical product

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By Chad Brinkman

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 here at Episcopal Relief & Development, one of the joys of my job is hearing about the creative

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