Episcopal Peace Fellowship
first Thursday of the month (fall, winter, spring) at 3:00 PM
next meeting: June1, 2017
Chapman Room, St John’s Church (use Cayuga St entrance, right & down the stairs)
Previous EventsThe growing danger of nuclear war--and what we can do about it
Lecture, followed by Q and A
|Who:||Ira Helfand, M.D. Past-president, Physicians for Social Responsibility
Co-President, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
|When:||Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 at 5:00pm|
|Where:||Lewis Hall Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall, Cornell University|
A Service of Evening Prayer Celebrating the Life and Witnessof Frances Joseph-Gaudet, Educator and Prison Reformer
Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church When: Dec. 31 from 4:00 to 4:25 pm.
4:30 to 5:30 in the Chapman room will be letter writing to public officials on issues such as
– Prison reform to stop high rates of solitary confinement in New York
– Nuclear weapons
– Refugees of war
Snacks and beverages will be provided; 5:30 dinner with Loaves and Fishes
Join us as we leave behind the old and pray in a New Year of Peace and Justice for All.
A Celebration of the Legacy & Feast Day of Frances Perkins: The Episcopal Church named Frances Perkins as a holy woman and added her to the calendar of Lesser Feasts and Fasts. An assistant to former New York Senator Robert Wagner (1927-1949) regarded Perkins as the “one person…above all others… responsible for there being a Social Security program.
WHAT IS THE EPISCOPAL PEACE FELLOWSHIP [EPF]?
The Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) is a national organization connecting all who seek a deliberate response to injustice and violence and want to pray, study and take action for justice and peace in our communities, our church, and the world. This ministry is called to do justice, dismantle violence, and strive to be peacemakers.
EPF began as The Episcopal Pacifist Fellowship on November 11, 1939, Armistice Day. In the early days of World War II, EPF supported Conscientious Objectors, urging the whole church to do so. At that time members were required to sign a commitment: “In loyalty to the Person, Spirit and teachings of Jesus Christ, my conscience commits me to His way of redemptive love and compels me to refuse to participate in or give moral support to any war.”
EPF is a member-supported national organization that brings Episcopalians together to do justice, dismantle violence, and strive to be peacemakers. We pray, study and take action to build peace with justice in our communities, our church and world. The Fellowship is organized into Chapters around the country, as well as welcoming individual members. Members are also organized into Action Networks around special issues: The Palestine/Israel Network, Young Adult /Urban Pilgrimage Network, Care of Creation, Abolition of the Death Penalty, Nuclear Disarmament, Nonviolence Training, and others. A weekly email, Peace on the Go, updates members on the activities of Chapters and Action Networks. Find out more about EPF at the website: www.epfnational.org.
OUR LOCAL CHAPTER
The Ithaca Area EPF Chapter has a decades-long history of local activism. Members are drawn from four area parishes, under the leadership of convener, Nancy Siemon. The Chapter meets once a month at St. John’s Church.The Chapter sponsors prayer vigils, anti-war witness, Offerings of Letters to state and national law-makers, as well as other public advocacy/educational actions. We sponsor an informational booth each year at Diocesan Convention. We always welcome new members!
Currently, the focus of our prayer, study and action includes:
- work with the New York State Prisoner Justice Network advocating for state-wide reforms in parole policies, abolition of solitary confinement, and programs to assist reentry for those released from prison.
- Care of Creation: advocacy for responsible state and local policies for environmental justice, with a special focus on food security.
- collaboration with the local chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace on behalf of a just peace in Israel/Palestine and peace with Iran.
- advocacy for sane gun laws.