Stories

Please enjoy the many stories illustrating how lives are transformed through the shared abundance of our partners and friends. Be sure to sign up to receive inspiring new stories and multimedia features throughout the month. Join us and be a part of this caring, compassionate community!

By The Rev. Canon C.K. Robertson

Ash Wednesday: A Call to Wake Up

On Ash Wednesday, Canon Chuck Robertson reminds us of its significance.

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By The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining

One Dress. 40 Days : #LentMyWay

Hillary Raining will be wearing the same dress for 40 days of Lent. The Rector of St. Christopher's Church in Gladwyne, PA is embarking on a journey to connect her faith with her passion for creating a sustainable future and raising awareness of Episcopal Relief & Development. Starting on Ash Wednesday (2/14/18), she will be posting a photograph each day to her website, reflecting on the Lenten meditation from the day from our 2018 Lenten Meditations booklet and encouraging friends and readers to donate to our programs. In this blog, we learn what motivates her to enter into this faithful journey.

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By Mike Smith

Small Church Plays Big Role in a Community’s Recovery

All across the dioceses of Southeast Florida and Central Florida, church partners are helping in ways large and small. Read on and discover how the St. Columba Episcopal Church in Marathon, Florida is making a difference in their community.

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By Mike Smith

8 Stories of Recovery in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Episcopal Relief & Development Major Gifts Officer Mike Smith traveled to Houston to survey the devastating damage left by Hurricane Harvey and to document the work of our church partners. He returned with hopeful stories of people and communities profoundly changed as they recover from the storm.

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By Lindsay Coates

The Art of Empowerment and Transformation from Within

As 2017 comes to an end, outgoing board member Lindsay Coates reflects on the art of empowerment and transformation from within. 

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By Neel Lane

Year Round Blessings: a Gift for life

Neel Lane, Chair of our Board of Directors, shares what he finds to be the most special part of giving and receiving. 

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By Vanessa Pizer

Pain that is Not Transformed is Transferred

Program Officer Vanessa Pizer shares how Episcopal Relief & Development and its partners are engaging with trauma awareness and resilience.

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By The Reverend Canon Dr. J.M. Rosenthal

Who Is St. Nicholas the Wonderworker?

St. Nicholas exemplified through his life of valiant actions how we are to love the world's most vulnerable and ostracized people. Find out more reasons to celebrate St. Nicholas in this new story.

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By Rob Radtke

Servants of God: St. Nicholas & Bishop Paul Jones

On December 6th, Episcopal Relief & Development marks the anniversary of its founding. It also happens to be St. Nicholas Day. That is a happy coincidence and provides an opportunity to reflect on the values that shaped St. Nicholas’ life and inform the work of Episcopal Relief & Development.

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By Esther Cohen

'Tis the Season for Family Recipes

Esther brought out her very first cookbook and shares some special family memories. Warning: you may get the urge to bake a whole bunch of cookies!

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