The Three Beating Hearts of Maori Leadership

Since taking up my role as president of Episcopal Relief & Development over 13 years ago, many people have kindly sent me articles and books about leadership.  How is it recognized? How is it developed? What does it look like in a faith context? How can one be a non-anxious leader? You get the picture.Continue reading “The Three Beating Hearts of Maori Leadership”

Fulfilling God’s Dreams

One of the great and humbling honors of serving Episcopal Relief & Development is the opportunity I have to visit our work around the world.   In April, I led a pilgrimage of friends and supporters to Zambia to learn about our work with children.   For the last several years we have worked withContinue reading “Fulfilling God’s Dreams”

“The silence has been broken.”

Today I find myself in Liberia where I am learning about Episcopal Relief & Development’s work to mobilize faith leaders in the effort to end violence against women and children.  It’s innovative and impressive work (and I’m not just saying that because I’m the president). Often, approaches to working with faith leaders “instrumentalize” them.  ThatContinue reading ““The silence has been broken.””

Fog Over the Promised Land

Last Thursday afternoon, just before heading home to New York, I stood on Mount Nebo in Jordan and looked west to the Promised Land.  Mount Nebo is where Moses stood at the end of his life, having led the Israelites in the desert for forty years, and died. Today there is a modern Catholic churchContinue reading “Fog Over the Promised Land”

Servants of God: St. Nicholas & Bishop Paul Jones

On Wednesday, December 6th, Episcopal Relief & Development, the organization I have the privilege of leading, marks the anniversary of its founding. It also happens to be St. Nicholas Day. That is a happy coincidence and provides an opportunity to reflect on the values that shaped St. Nicholas’ life and inform the work of EpiscopalContinue reading “Servants of God: St. Nicholas & Bishop Paul Jones”

The Water and Sanitation Mystery (Part Two)

In last week’s installment of “The Water and Sanitation Mystery” my colleague discovered that, to his alarm, the project had not gone as planned. Household latrines had not been built and the one public latrine that had been built was not in use.  Most concerning, however, the community was not capturing and protecting its clean waterContinue reading “The Water and Sanitation Mystery (Part Two)”

The Water and Sanitation Mystery (Part One)

A trip report from one of my colleagues at Episcopal Relief & Development recently crossed my desk.  I find these reports extremely helpful in understanding the challenges my co-workers are facing as they visit our programs around the world.  Each of these reports is fascinating.   However, this one was exceptional: it contained a mystery.Continue reading “The Water and Sanitation Mystery (Part One)”

The Kumari’s Blessing (Part Two)

Author’s note: The second part of this story reminds us that, even after the most terrible of disasters, we can find hope and healing. I hold onto this as we count the losses of the most recent series of tragedies we are enduring. The morning after we received the Kumari’s blessing, my daughter and IContinue reading “The Kumari’s Blessing (Part Two)”

Hurricane Harvey: What can I do to help?

Starting on Sunday, as the scope and devastation of Hurricane Harvey became apparent, my email box began to fill with some version of: “What can I do to help?” I praise God for these emails. When we see images of people suffering, we want to do something. That’s understandable. As Christians, we are called to seek andContinue reading “Hurricane Harvey: What can I do to help?”

Three Everyday Thin Places

You don’t have to travel thousands of miles to find a thin place.   In fact, it’s important to find them in your everyday life.  But, you have to be looking for them.  Here are three thin places that I try to visit on a regular basis.