Photos celebrate global service



A midwife in Sierra Leone, part of a health program of Episcopal Relief and Development. An exhibition of photographs telling the story of the relief organization’s work will be on display at St. Saviour’s in Bar Harbor from August 16-31. PHOTO COURTESY OF MIKE DUBOSE, UNITED METHODIST NEWS SERVICE

A midwife in Sierra Leone, part of a health program of Episcopal Relief and Development. An exhibition of photographs telling the story of the relief organization’s work will be on display at St. Saviour’s in Bar Harbor from August 16-31.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MIKE DUBOSE, UNITED METHODIST NEWS SERVICE

BAR HARBOR — A traveling photo exhibit telling the story of Episcopal Relief & Development’s (ERD) work around the globe will be on display at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church at 41 Mount Desert St. between Sunday, Aug. 16, and Monday, Aug. 31.

The stop in Bar Harbor is the only one in New England on the tour, which has been in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta. The exhibition celebrates ERD’s 75th anniversary, leading viewers through a vivid, intimate exploration of the organization’s history and programs.

“Bar Harbor is a place where paths cross from all over the earth,” the Rev. Tim Fleck, rector of St. Saviour’s, said. “That’s why it’s so important and appropriate for St. Saviour’s to host this exhibit: to remind us and all our visitors of the ways that we are all connected through shared needs and resources.”

The exhibition builds meaningful connections to Episcopal Relief & Development’s four program areas: alleviating hunger, promoting health, creating economic opportunities and responding to disasters. Photos come from five continents and were chosen from over 20,000 images by curator Johanna Lehan, who has worked for The New Yorker and Newsweek.

As a capstone to the exhibit, Episcopal Relief and Development President Robert Radtke is set to visit Mount Desert Island and preach at a service of Evensong at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Southwest Harbor at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29. He’ll preach at the regular Sunday services at St. Saviour’s Aug. 30, held at 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

The “AllHands75” e-docent app, available for iPhone and Android, provides enrichment while experiencing the exhibition in person and acts as a virtual tour for remote viewing. The app features a variety of voices including the presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church and staff and supporters of Episcopal Relief & Development.

“It is incredibly moving to stand in front of these powerful images and hear from someone who was there in the midst of amazing transformation,” Sean McConnell of ERD said. “Striving together with local partners, our programs truly engage communities in realizing their vision of a thriving future. I hope that this exhibition helps people to see what we can do when we act together to heal our hurting world.”

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