Dear EPF supporter,
Thank you for your dedication to EPF. We have a lot of good work to do, and our ability to do it depends on your generosity and support. With this appeal, we are inviting you to contribute $400 from COVID relief checks or other sources to a Peacebuilding Initiatives fund. As this horrific COVID plague winds down, how do we prepare to deal with the inequities which have been laid bare by our government’s fumbling and delayed response, the violence that has always defined our American culture, and our Christian call to try to find hope and solutions that will bring the Beloved Community? How might we who are privileged with the means to do so ensure that a next generation of peacemakers will rise up as instruments of peace?
EPF is gearing up to focus on providing resources to those who would ground themselves for activism in cultivating a culture of nonviolence. Under the leadership of our new National Executive Committee Chair, the Right Rev. Dan Edwards, our nonviolence action group is undertaking a new Peacebuilding Initiative.
Your generous support will enable EPF to launch a Peacebuilding Online Project. Monthly online presentations will be offered from diverse resources pertaining to building relationships across divides of race, religion, and political ideology. A wide range of nationally recognized peace activists will be featured as presenters. Other exciting peacebuilding efforts will engage local EPF chapters, Peace Partner Parishes and individual members in the work of non-violence and civil discourse.
We ask for your prayers for this initiative, and for our ongoing work through our several action groups. We ask that you consider educating yourself by joining in our Peacebuilding Intitiative, in addition to the social justice advocacy to which you may already be called.
EPF is inviting 50 supporters to invest $400 each to seed the work of our PEACEBUILDING INITIATIVES. Many who have received stimulus checks may want to direct a portion of these funds for the critical work of PEACEBUILDING. After all, these stimulus funds are intended to help us recover from the horrors visited on us by reason of the pandemic, including an astonishing surge in violence. It is inarguable that the divisions in our country, which disproportionately affect our indigenous communities, our black and brown brothers and sisters, and the poor, the uninsured and the disenfranchised, result from the violence of our public policies. These policies need to be addressed, and EPF is leading the way towards empowering us to do this holy work. With your support, we can begin to pave the way towards a Kingdom where the Peacemakers are said to be Blessed.
Make your contribution here: https://www.classy.org/give/331944/#!/donation/checkout
and when you do, thank you!
In the work of Peacebuilding,
The Rt. Rev. Dan Edwards, National Chair Melanie Atha, Executive Director