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Episcopal Peace Fellowship

The Episcopal Peace Fellowship Pledge of Commitment describes the group's mission:

In loyalty to the person, teaching, and Lordship of Jesus Christ, my conscience commits me to His way of redemptive love: to pray, study, and work for peace, and to renounce, as far as possible, participation in war, militarism, and all other forms of violence.

In fellowship with others, I will work to discover and create alternatives to violence and to build a culture of peace. I urge the Episcopal Church in accordance with our baptismal vows "to renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God", and to wage peace across all boundaries, calling upon people everywhere to repent, to forgive, and to love. https://epfnational.org/join/

There is currently an active chapter at Trinity Cathedral which is currently reaching out to other parishes to spread the work of Christ's peacemaking. 

Because of the EPF commitment above, our local group has three priorities:

1)  Human Trafficking, in conjunction with the efforts of the Episcopal Church Women. Resources and information here.
2)  Yemen,  keeping this humanitarian crisis in the news,
3)  Anti-Death Penalty group, working with Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE) and Intercommunity Peace& Justice Center (IJPC) in Cincinnati.

Suggested Actions June 2020
Pray-Study-Act

Yemen/Iran

  • Contact your 2 Ohio U.S. Senators Brown and Portman and your House representative to take legal action to reestablish Congress’ legitimate role in authorizing acts of war
  • Contact your Congressional representatives to have them take action to cease arms sales to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in light of their use to fuel the Yemen conflict, and due to evidence the equipment has been transferred to various unauthorized factions in Yemen
  • Write our U.S. Senators and your Congressional representative and the President and indicate your support of the U.S. remaining a full member of the U.N.’s World Health Organization (WHO) with its 194 members, and continuing our financial support of work on global health issues, such as the Covid19 epidemic
  • Help the innocent children in Yemen in their struggle with floods, malnutrition, disease, water shortages, poverty and violence through UNICEF
  • Doctors Without Borders is working in Yemen to help women and children receive critical medical care in Yemen. We can help DWB in their efforts under extreme conditions.
  • Support the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) efforts in Yemen, esp. Covid19, by donating 

Anti-Death Penalty

Human Trafficking

  • Contact your Ohio House Representative and ask her/him to support the passage of SB 13, The Protect Trafficked Minors Act. Bipartisan support. Has passed the Ohio Senate last year and is in the House Judiciary Committee as of February 2020.
    • Background: Senator Theresa Fedor Testimony-Sponsor (see her Sponsor Testimony and others here)
  • Send a note to Senators Brown and Portman supporting their introduction of a Bipartisan bill Protecting Rights of Those Exploited by Coercive Trafficking (PROTECT) Act. Summary is here.
  • “A bill to amend chapter 77 of title 18, United States Code, to clarify that using drugs or illegal substances to cause a person to engage in a commercial sex act constitutes coercion and using drugs or illegal substances to provide or obtain the labor or services of a person constitutes forced labor.” Introduced 7/2019; SB2197

Gun Violence

Contact Info: It’s easy: email via their websites or call directly; it does make a difference! Taking action on just 1 measure…or more, makes a real difference.

Suggestion! If you get a response from your representative, please let us know. Their responses are often insightful and valuable for follow-ups.

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/OH#senators https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/OH#representatives
https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/
 
White House:
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20500
1-202-456-1414 (Switchboard)
1-202-456-1111 (Comments)
 

Notes from the June 7, 2020 Zoom Mini Meeting
Notes from the May 3, 2020 Zoom Mini Meeting
Notes from the April 5, 2020 Zoom Mini Meeting
Notes from the March 1, 2020 meeting at Trinity Cathedral
Notes from the February 2, 2020 meeting at Trinity Cathedral
Notes from the January 5, 2020 meeting at Trinity Cathedral
Notes from the December 1, 2019 meeting at Trinity Cathedral
Notes from the October 6, 2019 meeting at Trinity Cathedral
Notes from the September 1, 2019 meeting at Trinity Cathedral
Notes from August 4th, 2019 meeting at Trinity Cathedral