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...

February 19, 2016

By: Nancy Young, National President, The Episcopal Community

The sun shall no longer be your light by day nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night. Your sun shall no more go down, or your moon withdraw itself, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.  ~Isaiah 60:19-20

Dare’s Beach,...

February 18, 2016

By: Christopher Sikkema, Mission Associate for Justice and Advocacy Ministries

In my work with The Episcopal Church, I am lucky to see people across the world choosing the kind of fast God proclaims through Isaiah. Our Domestic Poverty and Environmental Justice fellows, our Jubilee Network, and hundreds of ministries from Haiti to Hawaii, Seattle to Charleston, Sonora to...

February 17, 2016

By: The Rev. Sarah Carver United Thank Offering Board, Appointed Member, Diocese of North Carolina

The imagery the psalmist uses in these passages is remarkable, particularly in how the writer describes God and Zion as the same: “Walk about Zion, go all around it, count its towers, consider well its ramparts; go through its citadels, that you may tell the next generation that this is God.”...

February 17, 2016

By: Charles A. Wynder, II, Missioner for Social Justice and Advocacy Engagement

One evening a grandfather told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two "wolves" inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, greed, arrogance, self-pity, resentment, superiority . . . The other is Good.  It is joy, peace, love, hope,...

February 16, 2016

By: The Rev. Chantal Morales McKinney, D.Min., Latino/Hispanic Ministries Missioner, Diocese of North Carolina

I was born and raised an Episcopalian. I never imagined I would choose the streets of an inner-city as a place to proclaim Christ. I never thought I’d regularly enter a jail to teach and worship, or mingle with patrons of Our Daily Bread Food Pantry or those who work at our local tiendas. But...

February 15, 2016

By: Heather Zrubek, National Association of Episcopal Schools

One sentence from the story of Job tells a myriad about whom he is and how he is thought of and cared for.  It begs the question, “how do we suffer with each other?” and recognizes go as an intention, a contemplation, and a ministry. 

For many who are familiar with Job, we know that he...

February 14, 2016

By: Sandra Montes, Episcopal Church Foundation, Houston, TX

He tenido muchos cambios en mi vida: mudanzas a diferentes ciudades y países, divorcio, relaciones, cambios de trabajos y carreras, diferentes títulos en la universidad, mi hijo saliendo a otras ciudades para ir a la universidad – dos veces. Y ahora estoy enfrentando...

February 14, 2016

By: Sandra Montes, Episcopal Church Foundation, Houston, TX

 I have had a lot of change in my life: moving to different cities and countries, divorce, relationships, change of jobs and careers, different degrees in school, son off to college – twice. And now I face a big change in my Church life. My dad is retiring and I decided it would be a great time...