Building Wellness in Ecuador
The Church Pension Group (CPG), in partnership with the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) and Episcopal Relief & Development, co-hosted a three-day wellness conference this summer for clergy, lay employees, and lay leaders of the Diocese of Ecuador Litoral impacted by the April earthquake that killed more than 650 individuals and displaced more than 30,000 people. CPG covered the cost of attendance for clergy who participate in the benefits programs we offer. Financial support from ECF and Episcopal Relief & Development made it possible to expand the conference to include lay employees and lay leaders in the diocese who are not participants in CPG’s benefit plans.
“The Diocese of Ecuador Litoral was at the epicenter of this devastating earthquake, and we were fortunate to be able to collaborate with other Episcopal Church organizations on a wellness conference for those who experienced the devastation firsthand,” said Mary Kate Wold, CPG Chief Executive Officer and President. “We hope this conference provided them the support they needed and assisted them in their ongoing efforts to minister and serve the community.”
The conference, which took place in Guayaquil, Ecuador, addressed the psychological, physical, and spiritual needs of attendees who were affected by the earthquake. In particular, it offered them assistance in developing coping skills that they can utilize as they continue to minister and serve those impacted by the disaster.
“We are extremely grateful to be the beneficiaries of this support from the Church Pension Group, Episcopal Church Foundation, and Episcopal Relief & Development,” said the Rt. Rev. Alfredo Morante, Bishop of the Diocese of Ecuador Litoral. “Our clergy, lay employees, and lay leaders benefited greatly from this conference.”
ECF is a lay-led, independent organization serving the Episcopal Church by partnering with congregations and dioceses to engage in strategic visioning and planning to raise financial resources for ministry.
Episcopal Relief & Development, an independent non-profit organization tasked with reducing human suffering in the world, works with more than 3 million people in nearly 40 countries worldwide to overcome poverty, hunger, and disease.
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