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By Faith Rowold

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 healing a hurting world.  This month, I’ve been hearing about Episcopal Relief 

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Reflections on Lenten Meditations

This year Episcopal Relief & Development's Provincial Coordinators are sharing their reflections on select devotionals from the 2013 Lenten Meditations booklet. In this blog Barb Hagen looks at the Lenten meditation from Sunday, February 17, 2013, page 10. Below is the scripture being 

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By Brian Sellers-Petersen

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 shall return.”  Last year those ashes were palm fronds that we waved on Palm Sunday with 

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NetsforLife®: Inspires The Next Generation

By The Rev. Carrie Craig Those of us who direct and coordinate Christian formation programs have stories of successful and energizing outreach projects. One that continues to impress me is offered through Episcopal Relief & Development. This easily accessed program is called NetsforLife

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By Faith Rowold

A Harvest of the Arts, for Haiti

Once in a while, I’ll get a phone call out of the blue that winds up being a great story.  I have the Rev. Dr. Erin Kirby to thank for this one. Reverend Erin, as she is known in her parish, was a member of Episcopal Relief & Development’s Seminary Network during her time at

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By Esther Cohen

Best Wishes for a Bright and Beautiful New Year

Throughout December, I can be found walking through my neighborhood to observe the Christmas lights.  I live in New Jersey, so trust me when I say that this is time well spent.  The displays are elaborate and generally involve a certain amount of poetic license with the original 

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By Abagail Nelson

The Prince of Peace

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. (Isaiah 9:2-7) There are many forms of darkness that we can experience during the Christmas season. There is the sense of anxiety and economic uncertainty as

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By Faith Rowold

Kids Love Christmas Market and Making a Difference

In New Mexico, Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church in Los Alamos hosted their annual Children’s Christmas Bazaar on December 1.  For the past 10 years, the church’s thrift store has been setting aside donations that might make good presents for moms, dads and siblings of kids

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Receiving a Goat for Christmas

Goats are at the top of my Christmas giving list this year. I’ve also been encouraging family and friends, especially children, to add a gift selection from the Gifts for Life Catalog to their wish list for Santa. I decided to practice what I preached and ordered a goat for my own child

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By Rob Radtke

Double Your Impact: Help Communities Thrive

It’s been another ‘all hands on deck’ kind of year.  I’m deeply grateful to our Church partners at home and abroad.  They have worked closely with our staff and alongside members of their communities to address seemingly insurmountable issues. Disasters grow 

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