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By Episcopal Relief & Development

Monitoring, Evaluating, and Learning (MEL) | Community of Practice Through the Eyes of a Partner

How do we assess project impact? How do we use data to improve projects and share results?  These questions and more were tackled by an enthusiastic group of Episcopal Relief & Development partner staff - during their Community of Practice workshop and at ongoing bimonthly video conference meetings.

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By Episcopal Relief & Development

Earth Day 2019 | Expanding a Culture of Resilience

For Earth Day Learn about how farmers in Nicaragua are transforming their livelihoods. Episcopal Relief & Development and its partner organizations across the globe are working with vulnerable communities to build resilience to a rapidly changing climate. As we celebrate Earth Day, take a look at how Nicaraguan farmers are transforming their livelihoods while caring for creation. 

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By Episcopal Relief & Development

GOOD FRIDAY | You Just Have To Make Camp

I think about that bit of wisdom every year as Holy Week rolls around. Good Friday, especially, carries the weighty-ness not only of loss, but of being lost. This is unfamiliar, unfriendly, hostile terrain. I want to rush forward to Easter – to that sense of home, of being found, to an orientation of resurrection, redemption, and new life.

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By Episcopal Relief & Development

MAUNDY THURSDAY | Wash One Another’s Feet

I feel very strongly about foot washing. My feelings around foot washing are not particularly popular. There is around me a certain pressure to give people space, a feeling that I should not insist that people who show up to church on Maundy Thursday participate, that people should be made to feel invited and comfortable, that foot washing in the times of Jesus had a cultural meaning that western Christians cannot truly appreciate, etc., etc., and so we should just let it be. My gut reaction to all of these very hospitable solutions to the awkwardness of foot washing is to slyly roll my eyes and mutter under my breath, in a most fourteen year-old exaggerated tone, “What-ever.” 

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By Episcopal Relief & Development

World Health Day 2019: Taking an Integrated Approach

Episcopal Relief & Development takes an integrated approach to the health and well-being of the those we partner with around the world. Our international partnerships address challenges in remote communities around the world, as well as in urban environments where extreme poverty persists. This World Health Day, we want to highlight some of our efforts in supporting unique, local, long-term initiatives that address the effects of hunger, poverty, disaster and disease.

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By Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Ash Wednesday: God Loves Us Even in Our Dustiness

As we begin our Lenten journey, Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry reminds us of two remarkable aspects of Lent and connects us to The Way of Love.  

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By Tamara Plummer

On the ground in California: Being Present with Communities Post-Disaster

Tamara Plummer, Program Officer for Asset Recognition, recounts her time in the Golden State late last year during and after the tense moments of the wildfires and Thousand Oaks shooting.

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By Neel Lane

Board chair signs off with a message of beauty, joy and love for the New Year

Outgoing Board Chair Neel Lane (Province VII) wraps up his eight-year term with a message for the New Year. The San Antonio-based attorney imparts final reflections on his journey with Episcopal Relief & Development, which took him from relief work in the US to a pilgrimage to Ghana. We thank him for his dedicated service to the organization and wish him all the best in his continuing work in 2019 and beyond.


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By Episcopal Relief & Development

Best of 2018: The Top 10 Stories of the Year

We ran the numbers and discovered what YOU loved the most!

As 2018 comes to a close, we review the top 10 stories read by our audience over the past year. If you missed out on any of them, here’s your chance to brush up on the best of the last 12 months.

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By Rob Radtke

Arise and Shine! A Letter from the President & CEO

As the year comes to a close, President and CEO of Episcopal Relief & Development Rob Radke looks back on another year of the organization.

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