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By Vanessa Pizer

Convening our Greatest Assets for Climate Resiliency

In October 2018, Nagulan Nesiah and Vanessa Pizer led a week-long workshop in Sri Lanka on Climate Resilience. In this blog, they write about those who participated and the incredible work accomplished there, demonstrating how great things are made possible when we work together for lasting change!

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By Josephine Hicks

Giving thanks for food, family, and children!

To kick off the holiday season, Josephine Hicks – Vice President for Episcopal Church Programs – shares the family traditions she’ll be partaking in this year. She also takes this opportunity to give thanks to the Episcopal Relief & Development community – including you! – for breathing life into the work we do.

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By Chad Brinkman

Universal Children’s Day: Extending our love to all children

For Universal Children's Day, Chad Brinkman, Program Officer for the organization, expresses how the love for his child has the power to grow and embrace children all over the world. 

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By Jessica A. Forrester

The Universal Language of Kindness

For World Kindness Day 2018, Episcopal Relief & Development Engagement Associate Jessica Forrester recalls the advice her grandmother gave her as a child – words she carries through her own journey of motherhood. We follow her reflections, and even find out how kindness is scientifically proven to be good for you!

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By Sean McConnell

All Saints' Day: The Everyday Saints That Live Among Us

Who do we consider as saints and why? Sean McConnell, Senior Director for Engagement at Episcopal Relief & Development, shares how he came up with his personal and inclusive definition as a result of his own spiritual journey, inviting readers to discern what’s meaningful to them when considering the faithful and venerated…

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By Abagail Nelson

Hurricane Season and the Spirit of Resurrection

As Hurricane Michael approaches Florida, Georgia, Alabama and the Carolinas, Abagail Nelson, Senior Vice President for Programs, reminds us to keep the faith through trying times. Reflecting on past recovery efforts, she writes on the spirit of resurrection, which continually inspires our organization’s climate resilience work.

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By Nagulan Nesiah

Feast of St. Francis: A Burmese Farmer’s Tale

As we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis today, we bring you a story about one of our program participants and his family in Myanmar, Southeast Asia. Field photographer Lar Thu recounts his experience following the footsteps of herder Saw Moo Le and his family.

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By Carol E. Barnwell

Lessons Learned from Harvey - Managing the Circle of Care

Carol E. Barnwell was the Director for Communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas during Hurricane Harvey. In this blog, she offers up some tips for other communities of faith facing similar situations. This blog was originally shared with clergy and lay-people in the US Disaster newsletter, Lamplight. So while the tips may not apply to all, it offers an interesting glimpse into the important role of faith, especially in Episcopal communities, before, during and after disaster.

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By Josephine Hicks

Hurricane Florence 2018: How Can I Help?

As I sit in Charlotte, North Carolina, I understand the roller coaster of emotions felt by people throughout many states bordering the Atlantic - concern, anxiety, relief, renewed concern - as forecasts and models for Hurricane Florence morphed and cast the Cone of Uncertainty in different directions in the days before it made landfall. 

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By Mike Smith

Two Women and a Truck Help Put a Community Back Together

As Hurricane Florence draws nearer, we send prayers and support our partners as they prepare to respond to the needs of the impacted community. At this time, we also recognize the one year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey. Mike Smith, Major Gifts Officer, shares a story of a community in Texas and how they are rebuilding and recovering together.

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