Tag Archive: Tool Kits

HOW TO ORGANIZE A PARISH EPF MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Description: Right now we are in the EPF membership campaign (until November 15), however, you can conduct a membership drive at any time.  EPF is a separate 502-C3 (non-profit) organization whose membership (close to 2,000 across the country) support our work. To become a member one needs to donate and take the nonviolence pledge.  It’s…

HOW TO SUPPORT A RESTORATIVE JUSTICE APPROACH DEALING WITH YOUTH OFFENDERS

Description: Communities Embracing Restorative Action (CERA) is a not for profit community service providing mediation and restorative justice opportunities to referred young offenders and the persons they have harmed. It is financially supported by a coalition of municipal governments and referrals are made by local police and youth courts. Trained volunteer mediators meet with participants…

HOW TO ORGANIZE A BEATLES MASS

Topic: Beatles Mass Description (2-3 sentences): We celebrated a lively Episcopal Eucharist with the music of the Beatles performed live. People sang their hearts out! We used readings centered around peace and love.  We donated the offering to Episcopal Peace Fellowship and became a Peace Partner Congregation.  After the worship service we had dinner with…

HOW TO ORGANIZE A LENTEN/SEASONAL PRAYER PRACTICE

Description: Participants are invited to engage in a daily prayer practice which is both individual and corporate.  Participants commit to light a candle and pray the agreed upon prayer for peace at the same time every day, wherever they are. Potential Outcome(s) for participants: Increased mindfulness around daily peaceful living, improved prayer life, interfaith reconciliation,…

HOW TO FORM A NEW EPF CHAPTER

DESCRIPTION: This Tool offers a design for a local or area EPF gathering that may function as a first step toward forming a new Chapter.  It includes ideas for reaching out to fellow peacemakers and a format for that important first meeting. POTENTIAL OUTCOMES: Organizing for peacemaking builds up power in action.  Peacemakers sustain one another with…

HOW TO ORGANIZE A MULTIFAITH PEACE PROJECT

DESCRIPTION Our objective was a multifath, multicultural and intergenerational peace project, both creative and created by US.  For us, “creative” meant doing something involving art, music, writing and drama. But, we always stressed that these activities were not our goal, but the means to our goal: making peace. Peace, we felt, involves understanding of self…

HOW TO ENGAGE A VESTRY IN EFFECTIVE NONVIOLENT LEADERSHIP

DESCRIPTION This parish resource is based on the principles of Active Nonviolence and Creative Problem Solving.  It is a leadership Tool for parish vestries that may be used in a variety of ways. The contents lend themselves for use in day long vestry workshops and retreats or in half hour intervals perhaps prior to monthly…

HOW TO CREATE A COMMUNITY PEACE GARDEN

DESCRIPTION St. Anne’s dream of creating an organic community garden became reality on Saturday, April 18, 2009. Over the course of seven hours that day, 32 friends, neighbors and members of St. Anne’s gathered on the “island in front of the church” and contributed time, talent and moral support to help us build and plant…

HOW TO ADDRESS DAMAGED RELATIONSHIPS WITH A “RECONCILIATION CIRCLE”

This peace-making Tool comes to EPF from a congregation whose name, the diocese and other details have been changed for confidentiality. Step 1: Identify the Purpose of the Action The purpose of our peace-making project at St. Timothy’s Mission was to improve relations with a member of the diocesan staff who had primary responsibility for…

HOW TO ORGANIZE AN EPF/CAMPUS CHAPLAINCY EVENT

DESCRIPTION The EPF Chapter of the Southern Tier in Ithaca, New York, has organized two cooperative peace-centered events with the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Cornell University in the last several years. The events featured a home-cooked supper (“if you feed them they will come”) immediately following the 5 pm Sunday Eucharist, with the opportunity to then…