February 29, 2016

By: The Rev. Meghan F. Froehlich, Office of Transition Ministry

This gripping text tells part of the story of Jesus and the disciples being in the Garden of Gethsemane, before Jesus is betrayed by Judas.  Jesus is already in turmoil.  Friends and followers are exhausted and cannot stay awake.  Jesus knows the pain of the current reality and the desire to...

February 28, 2016

By: Damaris De Jesús-Carrasquillo, Latino/Hispanic Ministries, Puerto Rico

The Book of Esther is one of my favorite stories of The Bible.  There’s a lot of learnings and reflections we can make from this novel.  Esther 4:16 is a powerful and inspiring verse for this Lent season.  What can we learn from this Jewish woman, also allegedly Queen of Persia? 

We may...

February 27, 2016

By: Sherri Dietrich United Thank Offering Board, Province I Representative Diocese of Maine

The lepers in Luke 17 are not healed until they obey Jesus’ instructions to “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” When they start on their way they are still lepers who have no reason to present themselves to the priests, but they believe in Jesus enough to do what he told them to do—and that...

February 26, 2016

By: Wendy Johnson, Communications Manager, Episcopal Migration Ministries

One of the perceived obstacles to working with refugees and immigrants is language. “If we speak different languages, how will I ever connect?”

In Rwanda last year, I visited a refugee camp where the primary language was Kinyarwanda, a language I had never heard of, much less spoken....

February 25, 2016

By: The Rev. Heather L. Melton, Missioner, The United Thank Offering

When I was in seminary, I had the great opportunity to travel to Liberia to learn about the relationship between the Episcopal Church of Liberia and The Episcopal Church.  I had never been to Africa, and I knew very little about Liberia past what one finds on the internet before I found myself...

February 24, 2016

By: Enedina Vasquez, Latino/Hispanic Ministries

Growing up, I always marveled at my mother’s gift of blessing everyone she ran into. It was like she owned the words "Dios te bendiga." She was the one who blessed my son every day, making the sign of the cross on his forehead and kissing him on both cheeks. That was a comfort to me until the...

February 23, 2016

By: The Rev. Ranjit K. Mathews, Officer for Global Relations and Networking

I love this verse. It’s all about “being sent.” It consistently reminds me that as Christians, we need to be out and about in the world, “being” and sharing the Good News as we understand it. If the word of Jesus is so embodied, then it’s actually not just an imperative but something you are...

February 22, 2016

By: Caitlyn Darnell United Thank Offering Board, Young Adult Representative

Our faith as Christians is one of movement, of devoting our lives to a triune God who ever asks us to move. Our scriptures teem with movement -- just read the Psalms. The most pastoral and restful of these, the perennial favorite Psalm 23, leads us through the landscape. Even God's own self is...

February 21, 2016

By: Tamara Plummer, Asset Map Coordinator, Episcopal Relief & Development

Joshua is working to claim the land that God has promised. He is sending warriors into battle, and this verse is a part of their response. They have accepted his command and do so seemingly with ease. If you have been deployed for military service or, like me, are friends or family to ones who...

February 20, 2016

By: Sandra Squires, United Thank Offering Board President, Diocese of Nebraska

I love this passage from James which asks important questions about faith, James 2:14-16 :  “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works?  Can faith save you?  If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in...