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Episcopal Relief & Development to Assist Gulf Coast after Hurricane Ida

On Sunday, August 29, sixteen years after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Ida made landfall in the same region. This Category 4 storm brought flooding and damaging winds that caused a loss of water to hundreds of thousands and a loss of electricity to over 1 million people. Episcopal Relief & Development is working closely with the Diocese of Louisiana and other regional partners in what will be a long-term response. Your generous gift will help alleviate suffering for the most vulnerable residents impacted by Hurricane Ida. Please visit to make a gift today.

Afghan Relief Donations, Haiti Support, Hurricane Ida Aid

Bishop Marianne has created a Task Force for Afghan Refugees that will partner with Lutheran Services. You can learn about it here:

If you would like to support Haiti, please reach out to Episcopal Relief and Development:

If you wouldn’t like to make a difference in the wake of Hurricane Ida, please contact the Red Cross here:

Bishop Mariann on Afghanistan and How We Can Help

Afghanistan – August 26, 2021
And who is my neighbor? – Luke 10:29

I write to you in a moment of crisis, when Afghan refugees are beginning to arrive in our region.
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, will land at Dulles International Airport and Fort Lee in coming
weeks. Some refugees will arrive with some financial support from the US government; others will arrive with nothing. All have lost everything.

In times like these I am reminded of something Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said on the night before he died. He was reflecting on Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan, in which, you recall, two religious leaders passed by a wounded man on the side of the road, while a despised foreigner stopped to help.

King said that when the two religious leaders saw the wounded man, they asked, “If I stop to help, what will happen to me?” In contrast, the Samaritan asked, “If I don’t stop to help, what will happen to him?”

If we don’t help, what will happen to those fleeing Afghanistan? That question is causing people
across the country and in our region to do whatever they can to advocate for and prepare to welcome those desperate to escape Taliban rule.

Several EDOW congregations have already begun organizing themselves to help in ways large and small. I am grateful for their efforts and encourage all who can to join them to do so.
There are several ways you can help.


Episcopal Relief & Development to Assist in Haiti after Earthquake

On Saturday, August 14, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the southwest portion of Haiti. This devastating earthquake was followed by Tropical Storm Grace on Monday night and much of Tuesday. More than 1 million people, including more than half a million children, have been impacted by the back-to-back disasters, and the death toll is close to 2000. Episcopal Relief & Development and its partners are responding immediately with direct assistance to vulnerable households in the region, as partners plan long-term recovery. Your generous gift can provide assistance to help people in the wake of these disasters. To assist in these efforts, visit

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