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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 Sean McConnell

Gearing Up for a Colorful Convention

Join us at this 79th General Convention online or at the booth, as we "Color Our World" with Faith, Dignity, Relationship, Leadership and Excellence. Visit us at our booth 401 between July 3 and July 11, to learn how we work to become the hands and feet of God in the world.

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By Sean McConnell

12 Songs to Soothe Your Soul on Good Friday

This playlist will help you focus on the meaning of Good Friday. 

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By Sean McConnell

Loving God, Yourself and Others in Disaster Response

In this blog, Sean McConnell reminds us that disaster response is not a sprint, but a marathon and that an essential part of helping others begins with love.

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By Sean McConnell

Maundy Thursday: Love One Another

On Maundy Thursday, we participate in the act of humility and self-sacrifice. We follow Christ's example of washing the feet of one another. In this blog, Sean McConnell encourages us to think about what the equivalent of feet washing is in the modern day. 

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By Sean McConnell

A Season for the Oil of Chrism and Justice

Discover more about the Oil of the Chrism tradition practiced by the Episcopal Diocese of California at Grace Cathedral.

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By Sean McConnell

Pádraig, the Shepherd Slave

As a boy, Pádraig had not been much for the Christian religion of his parents. In fact, he never was sure what all the fuss was about. From the outset of his captivity, however, the boy found himself praying to that God he did not know so well.

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By Sean McConnell

The Story of St. Nicholas

Once upon a time, there was a young boy. This boy was born into both profound wealth and deep faith. His parents raised him to love Jesus and to be good to others. He knew that all he had was a gift from God, and that he was to honor God in how he lived with these gifts and shared them with others.

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By Sean McConnell

Father's Day: A Special Church Bell for a Special Father

Recently, my mom posted a photo on Facebook. I was curious about it because it was a photo of a church bell with a Celtic cross on top, and it was in front of the church where my dad had been Rector for more than 20 years. But I had never seen it before. It looked right in place, but it was not

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By Sean McConnell

Episcopal Relief & Development Fair Trade Project Begins

Farmer and author Wendell Berry is known to have said, “Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.” I have been thinking about this quote a lot lately, when I consider my currencies and how they flow. Another writer who has piqued my interest is the Episcopal

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