Membership on the Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s National Executive Council is both a privilege and a responsibility. We strive for an NEC that represents the diversity of our church and society. Candidates are considered based on statements of peace and justice priorities and self-descriptions including age, gender, geographical location, ethnic and cultural heritage, sexual orientation, and canonical status.
All NEC members are connected to others working for peace and justice. As such, members are leaders and must be willing and able to:
- Pay dues and maintain an active voice with the voting membership;
- Attend the bi-annual NEC meetings and pay travel and lodging expenses; transportation expenses in excess of $125 are reimbursed; NEC members pay $125 whether they attend meetings or not;
- Serve and participate at NEC meetings and committees, completing assigned committee tasks between meetings, as appropriate;
- Encourage and support faith based activism;
- Promote regional peacemaking activity and communicate with EPF members, chapters and/or interest groups, as appropriate;
- Promote the building of membership and leadership within own region, looking for others to serve as NEC members;
- Be an NEC presence for peacemaking activities in own area;
- Commit to the EPF statement:
In loyalty to the person, teaching, of Jesus Christ, my conscience commits me to God’s way of redemptive love: to pray, study and work for peace and justice, and to renounce, so 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. As member of the Holy Catholic Church, 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.
NEC members join with others who seek a deliberate, Christian response to violence that is in keeping with our baptismal covenant to: “ . . . strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.”
The regular term is for three years. Nominees for the NEC are informed of dates set for the next year’s meetings.