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By Faith Rowold

Food Ministry Partnerships in Flint Expand to Meet Water Challenge

Access to clean water isn’t just an “over there” issue, and the community-led approach our programs are based on isn’t just an “over there” strategy. Just like when disasters happen internationally, when we began to address the situation in Flint, our first question was: what is the local Church doing and how can we support them?

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By Katie Mears

What You Can Do: Four Key Prevention Messages from the Zika Taskforce

Across the US, Episcopalians are gearing up for summer activities. But this summer, with concerns about the Zika virus moving north into the continental US, new questions are popping up. Responding to these concerns, Episcopal Relief & Development assembled a taskforce of experts to create a resource that would help Episcopal churches in the United States respond appropriately. Learn More-

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By Heather Grady

Charting a Path to More Aware & Connected Philanthropic Giving

In February 2016, our partners in Zambia received a visit from Heather Grady, Vice President at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Through that visit she describes a new path for philanthropic giving that is more aware and connected, and that takes more advantage of converging around shared aims and goals. 

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By Xerxes Eclipse

Unleashing My Inner Mother

Mom showed me the meaning of compassion, what it is like to feel protected and nurtured. She taught me how to unleash my inner mother and make sure other moms around the world have the medicines and training they need to give their children and entire communities a head start in life and build a lifelong foundation in health.

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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 Rob Radtke

Post-Earthquake Lessons from Japan, Haiti and Nepal

As I write this blog rescue operations are underway in Japan and Ecuador following powerful earthquakes that caused massive damage to property and loss of life. These events remind us of our vulnerability and as the story unfolds they will underscore the critical importance of preparedness, response and long-term recovery. As it happens, over the last several weeks I have had occasion to travel to three countries, NepalJapanand Haiti, to observe and assess the long-term work being done to recover from similar events in the past.

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By Sara Delaney

Working Together in Response to This Year's Not So Little 'El Nino'

El Nino episodes occur every 3-5 years, and result in changes in rainfall patterns globally, therefore leading to the potential of either drought, or heavy rains and flooding – both of which can hugely disrupt the seasons of the small family farmers we work with.

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By Faith Rowold

A Center for Hope in Za’atari Camp

Displaced Syrians Help and Find Healing with Holy Land Institute for the Deaf

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By Rob Radtke

The Glory of God in Nature and Fellowship

 My time at Holy Cross is for prayer, reflection and reading. Long walks in the John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary enable me to reflect on the glory of God in nature. 

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By Rev. Pamela Dolan

The Courage to Look and Not Turn Away

When I kneel before the Cross this Good Friday, my mind will turn to the many ways the world is hurting right now. I pray that I will have the courage to look and not turn away. 

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