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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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By Richard Hoff

Five Tips for 'Gifts For life'

Five Tips for 'Gifts for Life' - Anne Browne's passion is Gifts for Life. She deeply appreciates how they empower local partners, offering individuals and communities the ability to help themselves in ways that respect their home, history and culture. In this blog we capture five great tips on how to personalize your giving throughout the year using the catalog.

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By Mike Smith

Harvey One Year Later

One year after Hurricane Harvey inundated South Texas, the recovery process seems almost as random as the storm itself. How are people doing? It depends. People with few resources are struggling, as if the storm had just hit. And for many, a nagging depression lingers. They know that full recovery is a long way away. 

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By Richard Hoff

Episcopal Legacy Starts Early and Continues for a Lifetime and Beyond

Olive Liechty-DePonte is a long-time Episcopal Relief & Development supporter from California. Recently, Major Gifts Officer Richard Hoff had a chance to catch up with this amazing Episcopalian regarding her lifelong support of the organization.

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By Nagulan Nesiah

Farmers in Myanmar Diversify Crops For Economic Stability

With assistance from Episcopal Relief & Development and local partners, small-crop farmers in Myanmar are finding ways of keeping to their tradition of growing rice, while increasing their overall production and economic stability.

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By The Rev Rachel Carnegie

Transforming Relationships: Hope for Gender Justice

Post General Convention, The Rev. Rachel Carnegie reflects on a conversation she had about empowerment and shares her hopes for women and girls around the world.

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