During these moments of uncertainty and widespread fear, Episcopal Relief & Development is gathering friends from different areas of expertise to discuss the effect of COVID-19 on various communities and industries.

Dr. Cathy Slemp, Renee D. Coleman-Mitchell and The Very Rev. Canon Michael Bamberger share about the role of church leaders in promoting health messaging

On Thursday, February 11, 2021, the US Disaster Program at Episcopal Relief & Development held space for a conversation about the COVID-19 vaccines and the role of church leaders in spreading truthful information and amplifying the voices of health professionals.

The Rev. Glenna Huber, the Rev. Ed Gomez, Kathy Wilder and the Rev. Lois Maberry share about self-care and ministry

On Thursday, December 10, 2020, Episcopal Relief & Development US Disaster Program staff joined in conversation with the Rev. Glenna Huber, the Rev. Ed Gomez, Kathy Wilder and the Rev. Lois Maberry for a ministry check-in. Each guest shared about challenges brought about by COVID-19, complicating their work with unhoused people, undocumented people and other vulnerable groups. Listen in to this candid discussion and learn from faith leaders who share about their own self-care measures.

Lura Steele talks with the Rev. Patty Baker and Dr. Lisa Ozaeta about how a small church made a big impact

This summer, Program Officer Lura Steele sat down for a conversation with the Rev. Patty Baker and Dr. Lisa Ozaeta from St. Clare’s Episcopal Church in Snoqualmie, Washington. Patty and Lisa have been working from their small church to fight food insecurity created by COVID-19. To date, the women have provided over a quarter of a million pounds of food to families and individuals, younger and older, who passed by their small church, many having never heard of them before. Listen and learn how they pulled off such a great feat.

Dr. Cathy Slemp discusses Covid-19 from a public health perspective

On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, Episcopal Relief & Development Program Officer Tamara Plummer hosted a casual conversation with one of the organization’s Partners in Response and Resilience and renowned public health official Dr. Cathy Slemp, who most recently served as the State Health Officer for West Virginia. During the interview, Cathy touches on topics such as empathy, mask wearing and shares words of wisdom for the Church.

Molly Carr shares how Covid-19 has affected her feeding ministry

On Wednesday, July 22, 2020, Episcopal Relief & Development Program Officer Tamara Plummer hosted a conversation with Molly Carr, Pastor and Executive Chef for Abundant Harvest Kitchen in Houston, Texas. Listen in as Tamara and Molly discuss how COVID-19 has affected the ministry in terms of need, managing volunteers, disaster preparedness and more.

Katie Mears, Tamara Plummer, Lura Steele and Angel Venegas answer your disaster questions

On Friday, June 12, 2020 Episcopal Relief & Development US Disaster Program staff hosted a session to address questions concerning community resilience and racial reconciliation, disaster preparedness, reopening, a potential second wave and much more.

Dr. Ellen Richardson and the Rev. Deacon Mary Alice Jones talk about managing grief during COVID-19

On Friday, April 24, 2020, we explored the magnitude of grief related to the new coronavirus, with a specific focus on caregivers, including healthcare workers and those caring for children, elders or family members along with the Rev. Dr. Ellen Richardson, author of Holy Dying and the Rev. Deacon Mary Alice Jones from the Episcopal Diocese of Montana. Our discussion went beyond normal self-care conversations to explore the theological, spiritual and practical concerns of those who are grieving while caring for others.

Lariza Garzon and Marisol Delgado discuss the inequalities faced by immigrant communities during COVID-19

On Friday, May 1, 2020, Episcopal Relief & Development invited Lariza Garzon, Executive Director for the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry in North Carolina and Marisol Delgado, licensed counselor for the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Program in Houston, Texas to engage in a conversation around the inequalities immigrants face during the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen below to the recorded conversation!

The Rev. Glenna Huber, Rev. Kim Jackson and Aaron Scott discuss how COVID-19 has affected homeless communities

On May 15, 2020, Episcopal Relief & Development virtually sat down with the Rev. Glenna Huber, rector for the Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C., Aaron Scott, organizer for Chaplains on the Harbor in Grays Harbor, Washington and the Rev. Kim Jackson, vicar for the Church of the Common Ground in Atlanta, GA to discuss how their ministries in different regions of the US with homeless people has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen in as they describe how things have changed and what is still the same.

The Rev Patty Baker and the Venerable Roger Saterstrom discuss preparedness and response after Tennessee tornado and California fires

On May 22, 2020, the Rev. Patty Baker, rector for St. Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church in Snoqualmie, Washington and the Venerable Roger Saterstrom, archdeacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee joined us to talk about their on-the-ground experience in disaster response. Listen to the recording and download resources and tools that will help you plan for a potential disaster and respond to the most vulnerable people in your communities.

The Rev. Dr. Pamela Cooper-White and Bishop Chilton Knudsen discuss family/partner violence, substance use and mental health as it relates to COVID-19

On March 20, 2020, Episcopal Relief & Development gathered experts to discuss social distancing and quarantine, the life-saving measures that reduce the impacts of COVID-19. Listen, as the Rev. Dr. Pamela Cooper-White and Bishop Chilton Knudsen discuss family/partner violence, substance use and mental health as they relate to the current pandemic.

La Rev. Ana Méndez, el Rev. Ed Gómez y el padre José Rodríguez hablan sobre sus experiencias prácticas en responder a desastres

El viernes 29 de mayo 2020 la Rev. Ana M√©ndez, directora del¬†Programa REDES¬†en Puerto Rico, el Rev. Ed G√≥mez, vicario de¬†San Pablo¬†en Houston, TX, y el padre Jos√© Rodr√≠guez, rector de la¬†Iglesia Episcopal Jes√ļs de Nazaret¬†en Orlando, FL hablan sobre sus experiencias pr√°cticas en responder a desastres.

Dorothy Linthicum and the Rev. Victor J. Thomas provide ways to support elder communities during COVID-19

On Friday, May 8, 2020,¬†Dorothy Linthicum, Catechist for the ‚ÄúBaptized for Life‚ÄĚ initiative at Virginia Theological Seminary¬†and The Rev. Victor J. Thomas, Rector at¬†St. James Episcopal Church, Houston, TX¬†reminded us of how vulnerable and resilient our elder communities are during this pandemic and provided tangible ways that we can help provide support.

Lesli Remaly-Netter, Keith Adams, Jack Cobb and Kevin Smith talk VOAD, FEMA and governmental resources during COVID-19

On March 27, 2020 Episcopal Relief & Development hosted a conversation between Keith Adams, Executive Director for NJ VOAD and a Partner in Response and Resilience for Episcopal Relief & Development, Kevin Smith from DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, Lesli Remaly-Netter from FEMA Region IV VAL, and Jack Cobb from The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations about utilizing governmental and non-governmental resources to support congregations and other non-profit institutions. Listen below. Check out the SBA Faith-based FAQ sheet.

The Rev. Stacy Stringer and Deacon Elaine Clements share how our gifts can meet needs created by COVID-19

On April 3, 2020, the Rev. Stacy Stringer, Director for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas Hurricane Harvey Recovery Program and Deacon Elaine Clements, Episcopal Relief & Development Partner in Response and Resilience shared ways individual and collective gifts within the Church can meet the needs created by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

The Rev. Thomas Ni and Aaron Scott discuss the how COVID-19 has impacted their communities

On March 13, 2020, we invited some friends to talk about how COVID-19 was affecting the communities they minister to. Aaron Scott, Chaplain and Organizer for Chaplains on the Harbor in the Grays Harbor, WA area and the Rev. Dr. Thomas Ni, Associate for Chinese Ministry for The Church of Our Savior in the Los Angeles, CA area provided us with a wealth of information and tips.

Anthony Suggs and Suzanne Hollifield share how churches can help individuals access benefits during COVID-19

On Friday April 17, 2020, Suzanne Hollifield, Volunteer Coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas Hurricane Harvey Recovery Program and Anthony Suggs, Missioner for Advocacy & Social Justice in the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado shared examples of ways churches can help individuals access benefits.