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
- 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
- Contact Governor Mike DeWine and ask him to end Ohio’s failed program of executions.
- Contact your Ohio Assembly Senator and ask him/her to pass S.B. 54 to prohibit the execution of those with a serious mental condition at time criminal offense occurred.
- Currently in Senate Judiciary Committee; 3d hearing was July 17, 2019 (current testimony both sides)
- Write a letter to your newspaper supporting the growing bipartisan support for ending the death penalty in Ohio. Details below.
- Suggested content of your letter to newspapers:
- In such a divisive political climate, it's incredible to see both sides of the aisle coming together on the issue of death penalty repeal.
- The fact that Ohio conservatives are stepping up to repeal Ohio's death penalty is great. I --
- I think repealing the death penalty certainly represents conservative Ohioan values of being pro-life and fiscally responsible.
- I love seeing the momentum for repeal building across the state! It's amazing to see all communities - conservatives, faith leaders, lawmakers, former office holders, liberals, etc - creating a buzz for repealing Ohio's death penalty.
- Send a letter or email to Governor DeWine and ask him to grant clemency for Gregory Lott, recently recommended for clemency by the Ohio Parole Board. The victim’s family provided testimony asking that Mr. Lott, who is intellectually disabled, not be executed.
- Call, send a letter or email Governor DeWine to express your appreciation for his thoughtful action to give reprieves to 3 more inmates on death row in Ohio.
- 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
- Contact your 2 U.S. Senate representatives Brown and Portman and ask them to please pass/support universal gun background checks acts, passed by the House of Representatives as
- H.R. 8 Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 and H.R. 1112 Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. Currently passed House and both referred to Senate earlier this year.
- FYI!: United States to Fund Gun Violence Research after 20-year Freeze
- (New!) Suggested Study re: Ohio gun legislation in progress:
- Ohio Senator Matt Dolan Comments in PD (sponsor)
- Chilly legislative reception to Governor's "Strong" Legislation
- February Update
- Governor DeWine’s View on his proposal
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.
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Notes from the June 7, 2020 Zoom Mini Meeting
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Notes from the March 1, 2020 meeting at Trinity Cathedral
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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