Partners in Response and Resilience

 

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Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program would like to invite you to apply to become a Partner in Response and Resilience. Applications will be accepted until March 23, 2018. Selected applicants will participate in a discernment retreat May 14-16th.

To learn more, read our FAQs section and the Partners’ Job Description.

Please contact Lura Steele (lsteele@episcopalrelief.org) or Katie Mears (kmears@episcopalrelief.org) if you have questions about Partners in Response and Resilience.

 


 

Testimonials From Current Partners

Partners in Response and Resilience is the most meaningful work that I’ve ever done. It’s an opportunity to connect churches to the world in meaningful ways, sometimes in ways that they have never before considered. The work is transformative, a chance to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world, not only for those of us who have the opportunity to do this work, but for churches and the communities of which they are a part.” 

Joining Partners provides a wonderful opportunity to do focused and meaningful work within the wider Episcopal Church. It provides us with an opportunity to do the holy and inspiring work of accompanying a community, often clergy, through the wake of a disaster. It is the opportunity to build relationships and to provide comfort and hope in the midst of challenging times. Some of our work involves helping with administrative details (like grants), but mostly it is about listening and building relationship. It is a wonderful way to do some of the best parts of ministry while also learning more about the rich diversity of The Episcopal Church.


 

Frequently Asked Questions 

What do Partners in Response and Resilience do?

Partners began as a small group of volunteer church leaders who had experienced disasters in their own contexts. Their primary role has been to accompany congregational and diocesan leaders who have been newly affected by disasters as they begin recovery work and continue to support those partners throughout the recovery process. The main activities Partners engage in include: helping church leaders to discern possible disaster responses, supporting care for caregivers, and advising on disaster response best practices.

Who should apply?

Episcopal Relief & Development strives to make sure that vulnerable people make a full and sustained recovery after disasters, so we strongly encourage individuals who have experience working with historically underserved or marginalized populations to apply. Your time working with undocumented people, intimate partner violence survivors, homeless people, formerly incarcerated people, and others will help bring an important perspective to post-disaster program planning. Similarly, many everyday ministry talents are helpful when preparing for and responding to disasters. We are looking for individuals who can: hold space for discernment, motivate volunteers, listen pastorally, communicate specialized disaster response knowledge, and much more.

It is vitally important that Partners possess self-awareness, emotional intelligence and evaluative/discernment skills. First-hand experence with a disaster or emergency in your ministry context and a strong understanding of Episcopal Church polity and practice are also invalubale.

How much time do I need to commit?

We would want Partners to attend our annual retreat (3-4 days), be available for occasional conference calls and virtual continuing education opportunities, and travel about 4 days per year to support projects or response activities in other dioceses.

We will try to pair you with projects that work with your schedule; however, there will also be opportunities to engage in this ministry on short notice after disasters.

Will I get to deploy after disasters?

Possibly. After the Fall 2017 disasters, we found that we were able to connect with diocesan leaders and impacted clergy using video conference calls. This allowed us to be in regular contact without physically traveling to a disaster-impacted area, which reduced the need to deploy. In recent months, partners have traveled to the diocese of West Texas, Central Florida, Southeast Florida, Texas and Los Angeles.

If Partners do deploy, they will typically go when local leadership is ready for assistance to help with program planning and care for caregivers. They then return at regular intervals over the next several years to provide continuing support. Like the disciples, Partners typically travel in twos.

Do you pay me?

Sorry, no, but we do cover expenses if you are traveling to do work for Partners.

Didn’t the group used to just be called Partners in Response? What’s with the new name?

This year Episcopal Relief & Development hopes to expand Partners to include resilience-building and preparedness activities. We hope to better use the Church’s gifts of amazing facilitators, tenacious community organizers, creative adult education professionals and other talented ministry leaders to help equip The Episcopal Church to support vulnerable people during times of disaster and crisis.

How can I learn more?

Watch the recording of our info session that we held on March 1st.

For all other questions or concerns, call or email Lura Steele at lsteele@episcopalrelief.org or Katie Mears at kmears@episcopalrelief.org.

What happens next?

We hope you will apply! Please submit your application by March 23rd. We will review the applications and conduct a round of phone interviews. Selected applicants will participate in a discernment retreat May 14th-16.


 

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