Words that inspire. Needs that transform.

Healing a Hurting World
Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal church of the United States guided by the principles of compassion, dignity and generosity as we work to heal a hurting world.  ERD takes its mandate from the words of Jesus found in Matthew 25: 37-40 that calls us to feed the hungry, care for the sick and welcome the stranger.

ERD publishes a catalog for alternative gift giving in the late fall and spring.  This catalog offers each of us the opportunity to purchase gifts that meet a wide-ranging spectrum of needs around the world.  Catalogs are made available after worship services in late fall and spring OR by contacting Deacon Roxanne Klingensmith, 586-9093 x 3.

Alternative gifts may also be purchased any time of the year on the ERD website, http://www.episcopalrelief.org.

Episcopal Relief & Development's 2014 Lenten Meditations
Focus On Economic Development

This year's collection of forty-six reflections focuses on creating economic opportunities and strengthening communities, with a particular focus on empowering women.  The reflections are from a variety of backgrounds and theological perspectives, all focused on how we can heal a hurting world through working for economic justice and and strengthening local livelihoods.  If you would like to receive the meditations via e-mail or if you would like to download the meditations, click here.

Episcopal Relief & Development's President, Rob Radtke, "encourages all Episcopalians to take time this Lenten season to consider how our actions can help empower those in need. Special efforts such as providing a micro-loan or vocational training through Gifts for Life are one way to make a difference, but our everyday decisions have an impact as well. Mindfulness of this can be a meaningful Lenten practice, and it can also serve to bring us closer in spirit to people we may never meet, but with whom we are entwined in a globalized world."