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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: EPF joins interfaith leaders in urging Pope Francis to call for justice in Palestine during his May visit to Holy Land

Contact – Bob Kinney  – [email protected] Ithaca, New York – The Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) joins 19 Episcopal bishops – current and retired including former Presiding Bishops Edmond Browning and Frank Griswold III – as well as Nobel Laureates Desmond Tutu and Mairead Maquire – and Bonnie Anderson, past President of the House of Deputies…

A Contagion Of Secrecy Has Infected America’s Debate On The Death Penalty

Ronald T. Clemmons Convener, EPF Death Penalty Abolition Action Group “Truth never damages a cause that is just.” ~ Gandhi      Transparency is the new watchword in American politics, a concept implying that governmental decision-making is an open process with all facts and points of view considered before an action is taken. In the American…

Bending the Arc of History Toward Peace

Jesus is the Prince of Peace who, in the Sermon on the Mount said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Yet we Christians generally act as if working for peace is like tilting at windmills or that peace will arrive with no action required on our part. Both responses betray our identity as Jesus’ followers. Consequently, we…

It’s An Uphill Push To Abolish The Death Penalty In America

by Ronald T. Clemmons      Sisyphus, the wily and ruthless mythological Greek king of Corinth, was unafraid of the other gods and often tricked them unmercifully. On one occasion, he captured of the god of death which upset the natural order of the world since no one could die while the god was a…

POVERTY: THE INTRACTABLE PROBLEM OF 2014? REALLY???

What would an ethical conversation about eliminating poverty sound like?  What practical actions make sense?  Here’s one suggestion, from George Clifford’s “Ethical Musings” Blog:   Poverty Is NOT An Intractable Problem According to Luke’s gospel (6:20), Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor.” Matthew’s gospel spiritualizes that saying (5:3), reporting that Jesus said, “Blessed are the…

NO to Solitary Confinement

An Offering of Letters on Sunday, December 8, 2013 Solitary Confinement in NYS Prisons   Next Sunday, December 8, the Ithaca Area Episcopal Peace Fellowship invites parishioners at St. John’s, St. Thomas’, Epiphany and Cornell Campus Church to join us in an offering of letters to our state officials to protest the use of solitary…

Sermon for Christ the King Sunday, by the Rev. Bill Exner

“Make known to those yet unborn the saving deeds that God has done.” The following sermon was preached by the Rev. Bill Exner, rector of St Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Goffstown, NH and Vice Chair for Nonviolence of Episcopal Peace Fellowship, on November 24th, 2013, Christ the King Sunday.      ‘Make known to those…

“Martin and Veterans’s Day”

ETHICAL MUSINGS by George Clifford      “Martin and Veterans’s Day” November 11 is both Veterans Day and the annual commemoration of Martin of Tours, a coincidence that prompts mixed feelings. On the one hand, many Christian soldiers claim Martin as one of their patron saints. This claim largely reflects an ignorant domestication of Christianity,…

Tool Kit to Dismantle Solitary Confinement

  The Episcopal Peace Fellowship is pleased to be a member of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT).  December 10, 2013 will commemorate the 65th anniversary of the adoption and proclamation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On this day, as people of faith who acknowledge the importance of protecting the…

Sabeel & other groups ask CEOs to stop carrying Sodastream

Great News! Friends of Sabeel North America has sent letters to 14 CEOs asking them to stop carrying Sodastream. The letters sparked action across the country. Groups now sending endorsing letters to CEOs so far include: * Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church USA (IPMN) * United Methodist Kairos Response (UMKR) * Jewish Voice…