Earth Day Opportunities


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

  1. Creation Justice Ministries 2021 Earth Day Resources

http://www.creationjustice.org/earth-day-sunday.html

  1. Creation Justice Ministries 2020 and prior Earth Day Resources

http://www.creationjustice.org/educational-resources.html

  1. Interfaith Coalition on Earth Justice Interfaith Zoom Service - Love Letters to Earth, 4/22/21 from 6:30 - 7:45pm To register: https://sandiego350.org/blog/event/civi_event_1193/?instance_id=4554 
  1. Interfaith Power and Light - https://www.interfaithpowerandlight.org/2021/03/sacred-ground-cultivating-connections-food-faith-climate-april-16-25-2021/

Includes free viewing of Kiss the Ground, and webinar with the film director.

  1. St Paul’s Cathedral April 22 Earth Day Communion in the Courtyard, 6 - 7 pm. Contact carolynglief@gmail.com to register and sign up for reading (if you desire) 

Activities
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.
https://www.greenthechurch.org/


Glance at the sun. See the moon and the stars. Gaze at the beauty of earth’s greening. 
Now, Think. 

-Hildegard of Bingen

Inaugural Peace Partner Support Forum to be held Friday, February 26 at 2:00pm Eastern

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 epfactnow@gmail.com with any questions or to get the link to the Zoom call. We hope to see you there!

Peace Partner Support Forums to Begin

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 epfactnow@gmail.com

EPF Committees for 2021

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)