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!

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 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)

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