EPF's series of free, one-hour online presentations kicks off on August 1 at 4:00 pm Eastern with the Rev. Rosalind Hughes, priest in the Diocese of Ohio and author of "Whom Shall I Fear?" Register HERE
BEING THE CHURCH IN A FEARFUL TIME
Panic buttons, locked doors, security teams in the aisles. If we can't feel safe in Church, what does that say about our community? There may be more to the fear/violence connection than first meets the eye.The Rev. Rosalind C. Hughes, author of Whom Shall I Fear? will lead us in considering lessons from Scripture and experience as we reflect together on the fears that shape our lives today.
Rev. Hughes was naturalized as a US citizen and ordained an Episcopal priest on either shoulder of a busy weekend in January 2012. Both vocations have called upon her to work for peace, and particularly for an end to gun violence. Her latest book, Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, examines how the landscape of violence and fear affects our ability to proclaim the gospel of love and grounds itself in scripture to look for paths toward peace within and beyond the congregation.
Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence is designed to help church leaders open and guide gospel-based conversations in a fear-infested world. It assumes that, with God’s help, we can do better than to accept the landscape of violence that surrounds us and build up barriers to protect ourselves. It takes seriously the advice of Paul: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).
In this presentation, Rosalind Hughes addresses the fear that would divide us and the Gospel that would unite us, and suggests a Bible-based approach to raising difficult and anxious topics in congregational-type settings to promote courageous conversation and build confidence in the possibilities of peacemaking in an unpeaceful world.
"No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear." -- Edmund Burke
"There is no passion more contagious than fear . . . or doth furiously possess all parts of a (person)." --Michel de Mongaigne
"Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it toward others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will also be in our troubled world."
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Special thanks to our friends in the Service and Justice Coalition of the Diocese of San Diego for compiling this list!
Prayer services and other faith-related resources
Includes free viewing of Kiss the Ground, and webinar with the film director.
Earth Day cleanups https://cleanup.earthday.org/
And you can always take a hike! https://www.sdnhm.org/education/canyoneer-hikes/
And after your hike, read about our amazing Earth via your local library or Earth Day with San Diego County Library! https://sdcl.overdrive.com/collection/1087422
And late this year: EarthFair 2021 in Balboa Park on Sunday 9/19/21 (sign up to volunteer) http://earthdayweb.org/
Other Green Faith Organizations
Green The Church - GTC is an initiative designed to tap into the power and purpose in the Black Church and will work to develop practical solutions for environmental issues.
Glance at the sun. See the moon and the stars. Gaze at the beauty of earth’s greening.
-Hildegard of Bingen
If you attended our Annual Member Meeting back in January and are hungry for more connection between your Peace Partner Parish or Chapter and EPF National, Friday is your chance! If you missed that call, and want a chance to share with EPF National how we can help you advance your social justice ministries, plan to join us! If you are new to EPF and wonder about a membership for your parish or community, read this.
Friday will be our first ever Zoom monthly chapter and peace partner parish support forum. The Executive Director and both our outgoing National Chair, Bob Davidson, and our incoming National Chair, Dan Edwards, will be present to listen to you, and to share how EPF can help. Since this is our first meeting, we will poll all those assembled to find a standing date and time for a monthly session. Each monthly agenda will vary by the needs of those present and the social justice issue which is being highlighted for action. Designed to be mostly a listening and sharing session, we will be keen to hear what our members, chapters and peace partner parishes are working on and on which they need support from EPF National. As well, we will highlight any EPF-wide initiatives in which our members might wish to participate. Thank you, Kathy McGregor, for having this wonderful idea for us to be able to share our resources and work. Questions? Contact Melanie Atha at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to get the link to the Zoom call. We hope to see you there!
This month, our monthly chapter and peace partner parish support forums begin. The Executive Director and one or more of our action group conveners, committee chairs or National Executive Council (NEC) members will have “office hours” where members can join us via Zoom. Our first meeting will be on Friday, February 26 at 2:00 pm Eastern, at which time we will poll all those assembled to find a standing date and time for a monthly session. Each monthly agenda will vary by the needs of those assembled and the social justice issue which is being highlighted for action. Designed to be mostly a listening and sharing session, we will be keen to hear what our chapters and peace partner parishes are working on and on which they need support from national. As well, we will highlight any national initiatives in which our members might wish to participate. Thank you, Kathy McGregor, for having this wonderful idea for us to be able to share our resources and work. Questions? Contact Melanie Atha at email@example.com
EPF Committees are comprised of volunteers who do the administrative work of EPF. These committees are led by members of the NEC but are open to all.
Communications: Establish a communications strategy for EPF; provide Executive Director (ED) content for website, social media, and Constant Contact communications; look at website for adequacy for our needs; manage social media platforms and “comments”; blogging; volunteer to help with virtual office details. (NEC leadership: Bruce Freeman, OH; Rob Burgess, MI; Cody Maynus, SD; Randy Heyn-Lamb, CA)
Sustainability: Develop a multi-year diversified development plan and goals for EPF; help with fundraising, budgeting, determining long range financial needs and campaigns; help consider how EPF money should be managed; determine electronic banking needs and look at bank investments to determine suitability for managing EPF’s money. (NEC leadership: Kathy McGregor, AR; Chris Sabas, MD)
Membership: Create the requirements and commitments for EPF membership for individuals; recruiting member initiatives; help look at donor and contact database management; chapter and peace partner recruiting. (NEC leadership: Rev. Christy Close Erskine, OR: Rev. Richard Wineland, TN)
Programming: Help with resources for missions of EPF (curriculum, materials, speakers’ bureau, etc.) and pilgrimages (urban pilgrimages and special events); consult on management of EPF virtual store; help plan for 2022 General Convention, review and expand partnership with other peace organizations. (NEC leadership: Bob Lotz, MI; Rev. Mike Wallens, TX; Rt. Rev. Dan Edwards, CO)