True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
We’re writing this week as part of our inaugural spring membership drive, which aims to encourage both the re-commitment of long-time EPF supporters and to enlist the commitment of new ones. As with any fellowship of shared values, our capacity to do the work given to us is entirely dependent on the commitment of its members to embody the mission in our daily lives and to support the mission in our regular financial giving. This letter comes as an invitation to do both: to commit our lives and our resources to the EPF mission.
Our EPF Covenant is straight-forward:
"In loyalty to the teaching and person of Jesus Christ, my conscience commits me to the way of redemptive love: to pray, study, and work for peace, and to renounce, as far as possible, participation in war, militarism, and all other forms of violence. In fellowship with others, I will work to discover and create alternatives to violence and to build a culture of peace. I urge the Episcopal Church in accordance with our baptismal vows ‘to renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God,’ and to wage peace across all boundaries, calling upon people everywhere to repent, to forgive, and to love."
Ever mindful of the Covenant we share, EPF members commit to becoming advocates and practitioners of non-violent peace-making – developing a sustaining life of prayer; developing knowledge, skills, and confidence as peace-builders; and engaging real-time matters of justice and peace, locally, nationally, and internationally. And we believe all this, and we do all this, in solidarity with one another, no matter how isolated we may otherwise feel.
To be this kind of fellowship doesn’t cost much, but it does cost something. The budget we share includes expenses for my salary as part-time Executive Director, for on-line and print communication, for EPF materials and merchandise, and for other programmatic costs. To fund this budget, we are grateful for financial gifts of any kind. Yet, to plan and strategize with this budget, we are particularly grateful for pledged financial commitments on an annual basis, which gives our Finance Team a clearer vision for projected cash flow. These on-going financial commitments allow us to think beyond today.
And if you’d like to make a financial commitment to EPF as part of your membership, go here.
For general information, to contact us, and/or to sign up for regular EPF e-communication, go here.
Not only are we better together, we’re also more effective and more sustainable together. Please join us today as we follow Jesus on The Way to a more just and peaceable future.
Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!