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Relief and Development

A virtual pilgrimage to Palestine and Israel in five conversations

Last October a group of 20 Maine Episcopalians from a dozen congregations traveled to Israel and Palestine for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. In addition to the holy sites, they had the opportunity to hear from many people involved in working for peace and dealing with circumstances resulting from the Israeli occupation of Palestine….

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Why me, Lord?

by Heidi Shott Canon for Communication and Advocacy Of late I’ve been posing a question that was once asked by the venerable 20th Century theologian and Rhodes scholar, Kris Kristofferson. “Why Me, Lord?” It’s not that I’m facing some Sunday-Morning-Coming-Down existential crisis, far from it. It’s that I’m a slightly mystified as to why I’m…

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Bishop Lane urges prayer and support for the Middle East

Dear Friends in Christ, Here in Maine we are moving into deep summer. The temptation for all of us is to enjoy the sun and the breeze and to turn away from the painful pictures of war and devastation in Gaza and Iraq. The war between Israel and Hamas and the attack of ISIS on the…

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Support for The Philippines

Supporting the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines  In recent days we have all seen the photos and video of the devastating and wide-ranging effects of Super Typhoon Haiyan on the people of The Philippines. It is difficult to imagine the effects of a storm so huge and how responders will provide relief and…

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Disaster response for victims of Typhoon Haiyan

In the wake of the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan across The Philippines, Episcopal Relief & Development will channel all individual and parish donations to its Disaster Response Fund to partner with established agencies on the ground to supply critical necessities such as food, water, medicine, and shelter. “Our partner, the Episcopal Church in the…

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Two Maine communities deeply affected by rail shutdown

The people of Brownville Junction and Milo who are affected by the closing of operations by the Montreal, Maine, & Atlantic rail company as the result of the devastating fire in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, need the help of Maine Episcopalians. Many families in the region are affected by the shut-down. Forty-seven of the 67 workers laid…

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Tornado response from Episcopal Relief & Development

As you see the photos of the damage caused of recent tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma and read the stories of those affected, please remember them in your prayers. Episcopal Relief & Development has developed bulletin inserts and other resources for those who would like to contribute to the efforts ERD though local Episcopal churches…

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Prayers in the wake of the tragedy in Boston

Updates: From Bishop Tom Shaw of Massachusetts: From Episcopal News Service: “Boston Marathon bombs rock local Episcopalians” From The Episcopal Church’s Youth Ministries Office: How to talk to youth about the bombings http://episcoyouth.org/ _____ As we keep the people of Boston – our New England neighbors and those from around the U.S. and the world…

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Kudos to Episcopal Relief & Development

Episcopalians can be proud of our relief and development organization, Episcopal Relief & Development, which was named this month, along with Doctors Without Borders, as one of the two top-rated charities working in international relief by Consumer Reports. Episcopal Relief & Development is also listed as a four-star organization (top rating) at Charity Navigator, a…

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Support for Horn of Africa famine victims focuses on Somalian refugees in Kenya

From Episcopal Relief & Development: The food shortage is the consequence of a sustained drought that is said to be the worst in more than 50 years. Reports indicate that over 800,000 people have fled Somalia as a result, many seeking refuge in the neighboring countries of Kenya and Ethiopia. In response to the developing…

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