Lucy the EpiscoBull! Lucy is a beautiful pit bull doggy belonging to a member of our staff here. We couldn’t resist sharing this shot of her in her Episcopal Dog Collar!
Over the last few weeks, as we’ve transitioned the majority of our ground shipping to FedEx ground, we’ve gotten a number of complaints about cost especially for destinations further away from our headquarters here in Atlanta. We want to apologize for these issues and let everyone know we are working on a solution that will work.
The number one complaint we are seeing is that we do not offer USPS as a shipping method. We have heard you all, and are working on ways of making USPS available. There are a number of technical issues with the United States Postal Service that currently keep our store from obtaining real-time shipping rates for the US postal service, this above all is why we do not currently offer it. We also have maintained one main shipper because it saves us on costs, important for a non-profit like ours to keep in mind, and helps our fulfillment services for Episcopal Relief & Development, United Thank Offerring, and Episcopal Church signs operate more smoothly and efficiently.
In the meantime, as we work to figure this out, if you are located in Alaska, Hawaii or another far flung destination and are experiencing prohibitive shipping costs please give us a call at 1-866-937-2772.
Thank you, and thank you for the opportunity to serve our Episcopal Church community!
Episcopal Shield and Episcopal Church stickers are here! Static Clings too!
Our partner site, Day1, has a few interviews from only a few months back of the Bishop-Elect of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. We wanted to share them with you all and help introduce you to The Very Rev. Rob Wright.
The new Bishop will be consecrated at Morehouse College and is tentatively set for October 13th, at 11am. For more information, visit the Diocesan website.
For more content from The Very Rev. Rob Wright, see everything at Day1.org
As many of you know by now The Episcopal Marketplace has partnered with The Episcopal Church as an official partner, offering high quality branded merchandise and materials for community identity and education. One of the most exciting projects we have been working on is the brand new Episcopal Church Welcomes You Sign.
Well now that we’ve been fulfilling orders for these signs for about a year and, while there have been some ups and downs, we know we have some happy customers out there with beautiful new roadsigns.
So we want you to send them to us, in picture form only of course, and let us show your sign to the world. We are excited to be working with all of you and hope we have made your church sign ordering experience a delightful one!
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This month’s Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development focuses on the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta’s efforts to engage congregations and communities in the fight against malaria through the NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund. The feature especially highlights 11th-grader Adriana Embus, the winner of the 2012 World Malaria Day Make a Difference Essay Contest, who wrote about encountering malaria on a school visit to Liberia, and how it inspired her to take action and raise awareness about the deadly disease.
Please note that the Power of Partnerships and Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development web features are now on an alternating schedule. The next Power of Partnerships will be published in June.
The Power of Partnerships and Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development web features present stories about the agency’s partners in the US and worldwide. Visit www.er-d.org to read past installments, find information about our programs or make a contribution. You can also call 1.855.312.HEAL (4325). Gifts can be mailed to Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.
[Episcopal News Service] Services will be held May 11 and 12 for the Rev. Canon Thomas Wilson Stearly Logan, Sr., 100, associate priest of the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, Philadelphia, who died May 2.
The eldest serving African American priest in the Episcopal Church, Logan was a civil rights pioneer and a long-term leader of the Conference of Church Workers Among Colored People (CCWACP), which was the precursor to the Union of Black Episcopalians.
Since its inception in 2006, the NetsforLife® program partnership has distributed a total of 8.5 million mosquito nets as part of its campaign to fight malaria, according to the program’s 2011 annual results, which were released today. Combined with the community education and net monitoring work of nearly 74,000 trained Malaria Control Agents, these nets have saved the lives of over 100,000 children under five and reduced the overall malaria-related death rate by 45% in communities where NetsforLife® is active.
“I have seen first hand the success of this program partnership” said J. Christopher Flowers, who chaired the NetsforLife® Executive Board until the end of 2011. “NetsforLife® shows how great an impact can be made when the private sector partners with faith-based organizations to achieve a common goal. Together, we have been able to reduce illness and save lives in places where malaria used to be the number one cause of death for vulnerable people, especially the immunocompromised and children under five. The NetsforLife® model of combining nets with education and community outreach has proven itself to be wonderfully effective, and I believe it will help move countries toward achieving the targets outlined in the Millennium Development Goals.
According to Shaun Walsh, Executive Director for NetsforLife®, the program has led to significant improvement in malaria knowledge and prevention practices. “Our results show that over 85% of households in areas where we are active now have at least two mosquito nets, compared to 6.3% in our baseline studies. In 2006, only four out of ten people knew what causes malaria, but now nine out of ten know that malaria is caused by a bite from an infected mosquito. In our monitoring and evaluation work, we are seeing that community education is leading to positive behavior change around the use of life-saving malaria nets. Together, nets and education have contributed to an overall reduction of malaria-related deaths by one third in the last decade. However, with over 650,000 people a year still dying from malaria, the fight will continue in earnest.”
NetsforLife® combats malaria by training community agents to deliver life-saving nets, educate community members about proper net use and maintenance, and provide ongoing monitoring and evaluation of net use. Launched in 2006, after a successful pilot program in Zambia, the program is now active in 17 countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Five of these countries – Angola, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Zambia – have adopted aspects of NetsforLife®’s methodology as part of their national malaria policy, and many more have solicited the program’s input in country-wide strategic planning.
Using its unique networks to access remote communities that are typically unreached by national health programs, NetsforLife® has developed and modeled successful technical distribution strategies. In addition, the program’s proven monitoring and evaluation methods are being widely implemented in order to ensure better overall results. Building on its successes, the program will continue to distribute nets and work in malaria-endemic African countries while collaborating with international agencies, national programs and local malaria stakeholders.
“NetsforLife® has an invaluable set of data and lessons learned around net use, symptom recognition, and barriers to treatment-seeking behavior dating back to the program’s inception,” said Stephen Dzisi, the program’s Technical Director. “Our work, the success of which is largely due to the committed work of local faith-based partners and community members, has informed how we have course-corrected and scaled up to maintain and increase the program’s impact on malaria control year after year.”
NetsforLife®’s success has been made possible through the support of lead corporate partners the ExxonMobil Foundation, Standard Chartered Bank, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, Starr International Foundation and the J.C. Flowers Foundation, with Episcopal Relief & Development as both a funding and implementing partner. Despite NetsforLife®’s progress, however, the program and its partners recognize that the gains are fragile and the fight against the disease is not yet won.
“As the global community continues to work steadily to achieve universal net coverage in malaria endemic countries and turns its attention to the commemoration of the fifth annual World Malaria Day on April 25, 2012,” said Rob Radtke, President of Episcopal Relief & Development, “our hope for the NetsforLife® program is that the impact it has been able to achieve will inspire other partners to join the fight against malaria, and invest in the critical and innovative work that is happening on the ground.
For more information, or to support the NetsforLife® program through donations, please visit the NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund online at www.inspirationfund.org. Donations can also be made over the phone by calling 1.855.312.HEAL (4325). Gifts can be mailed to Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058. Please put “NetsforLife/Malaria” in the memo line of all checks.
NetsforLife® is a partnership of corporations, foundations and faith-based organizations working to eliminate malaria in Africa. The program partnership includes the ExxonMobil Foundation, Standard Chartered Bank, the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, Starr International Foundation, the J.C. Flowers Foundation and Episcopal Relief & Development.
Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church and an independent 501(c)(3) organization. The agency takes its mandate from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25. Its programs work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Episcopal Relief & Development works closely with the worldwide Church and ecumenical partners to help rebuild after disasters and to empower local communities to find lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.
Contact: Faith Rowold
1.855.312.HEAL (4325), ext. 6311 / 212.716.6311