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Episcopal Relief &Development’s 2009 Lenten Devotional Now Available

Episcopal Relief & Development is pleased to announce the publication of the 2009 Lenten Devotional, Peace &Compassion: To Heal a Hurting World. The devotional features daily meditations adapted from the Rev. Barbara C. Crafton’s Almost-Daily electronic meditations. These reflections lead readers to explore their spiritual connections to people living in poverty around the world. Focusing on Episcopal Relief &Development’s efforts to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals, the devotional offers ways for parishioners to promote health, fight disease and save lives through the MDG Inspiration Fund.

For the first time, the devotional is available in Spanish and can be downloaded at www.er-d.org/LentenResources/.

Last year the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, declared the first Sunday in Lent, as the first annual commemoration of Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday. Bishop Jefferts Schori is again encouraging Episcopalians in congregations across the country to use the first Sunday in Lent to engage with Episcopal Relief & Development during this traditional season of almsgiving.

"As Lent begins, I encourage you to include Episcopal Relief & Development in your giving as you consider how to care more deeply for those in need," said Bishop Jefferts Schori. "Episcopal Relief & Development’s work with disasters, from Gaza to Costa Rica, and ongoing development work, from Honduras to Tanzania, is care-filled and effective."

A bulletin insert with additional information about Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday, February 28th, is available at www.er-d.org/LentenResources.

"Lent is an ideal time for us to renew our commitment to our faith and each other," said Brian Sellers-Peterson, Episcopal Relief & Development’s Director of Church Engagement Programs. "During this season of prayer and self-examination we hope that the Lenten Devotional will encourage Episcopalians to reflect on the role of God’s grace in our lives and how we may act as instruments of God's healing in a hurting world."

Please order Lenten Devotionals and other resources by Monday, February 16 to ensure delivery by Ash Wednesday. To order copies of the devotionals, call Episcopal Books & Resources at 1.800.903.5544 or visit www.er-d.org/LentenResources/. To help Episcopal Relief &Development achieve the Millennium Development Goals, please visit www.er-d.org, or call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129. Gifts can be mailed to: Episcopal Relief & Development, "MDG Inspiration Fund" PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States. As an independent 501(c) (3) organization, Episcopal Relief  & Development takes its mandate from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25. Its programs work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Together with the worldwide Church and ecumenical partners, Episcopal Relief & Development strengthens communities today to meet tomorrow’s challenges. We rebuild after disasters and empower people by offering lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.



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