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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s 2021 Christmas message – Episcopal News Service [Episcopal News Service] “The Christmas stories are reminders that this Jesus came to show us how to love as God loves. And one of the ways we love as God loves is to help those who are refugees, those who seek asylum from political tyranny, poverty, famine, or other hardship. “In the 1930s, Episcopalians did this to love as God loves, and today,...

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The Food Pantry provides food assistance to low-income and no-income families in the greater Pasadena and Altadena areas. We are currently providing food to about 400 households per week, totaling approximately 1,000 people. This dynamic and compassion-driven program is the largest at Friends In Deed. Our Food Pantry is set up like a neighborhood market where our community members can come in and select their own groceries. In...

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The Pasadena Fire Department has partnered with the ABC-7/Spark of Love Toy Drive since its inception 29 years ago.  It is one of the highlights of serving the Pasadena community each year.  While 2020 was challenging for all of us in various ways, Pasadena businesses such as yours came through, enabling us to meet the needs of MANY children in our own community! This is a true testament to your commitment to making this...

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Washington National Cathedral at Christmas By The Rt. Rev. Kirk S. Smith, Bishop of Arizona Did you know that many of the customs and practices that we Americans associate with Christmas came from the Church of England, and in this country, the Episcopal Church? The New England Puritan settlers were very distrustful of any celebrations of Christmas, which they associated with the excesses of the Church of England that they were...

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Episcopal Relief & Development continues to support partners responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in Cuba, Jordan, Haiti, Madagascar, Myanmar, Nepal and Peru. “Our partners are remaining vigilant in identifying ways to walk alongside communities, particularly in light of new variants such as Omicron,” said Nagulan Nesiah, Senior Program Officer, Episcopal Relief & Development. In Madagascar, the organization is partnering with...

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