Peace Out! Week Eighty-six

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Peace Out! Week Eighty-six
EPF Founder, Bishop Paul Jones' Feast Day is September 4.
Icon by Rev. Canon Robert Two Bulls
Photograph by Steven Atha
Read more about Bishop Jones' life HERE

WHAT IS LIFE?

Offered by
Rob Burgess
EPF National Executive Council Treasurer

This past half year or so has presented challenges for all. The pandemic and its related economic crisis adds to all our stress. Rob Burgess asks, "What is life?"

"What I feel, I can't say
But my love is there for you any time of day
But if it's not love that you need
Then I'll try my best to make everything succeed.”

Read the full meditation HERE

Monday, September 21, 2020 is International Day of Peace! How does your Peace Partner Parish or Chapter acknowledge this day? We'd love to highlight your activities, particularly any virtual celebrations which can be shared with the rest of us so we can be a part of it. Send links to your International Day of Peace events so we can promote them for you here in Peace Out. epfactnow
Your opportunity to view a filmed version of the stage production of "On The Row: Stories from Arkansas' Death Row" is here! EPF National Executive Council member Kathy McGregor will make this impactful film available to our EPF members, Peace Partner Parishes and Chapters via Zoom on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 4:30 pm Eastern/1:30 pm Pacific. Tickets available on Classy for a $30 contribution to EPF. Check the link here for video previews of this compelling work.
About The Prison Story Project: The Prison Story Project offered incarcerated women and men an opportunity to explore their truths through poetry, creative writing, literature, song-writing, and visual art. Their work was then curated into a staged reading performed by actors and presented first to those on inside prison, and then outside to the community.

Eleven of the thirty-four men on Arkansas' death row participated in the Project, including Don Davis, featured above. Six actors and a musician were brought back to Varner Prison’s death row to present the staged reading of “On The Row” to the men. Three months later, the state of Arkansas announced it would execute 8 men over 10 days just after Easter 2017. Four of the men set to be executed were participants in the Project. Two were executed and two received last minute stays.

“On The Row” has been touring the country since 2017. Last year the Whiting Foundation for the Humanities awarded The Prison Story Project a substantial grant which has allowed us to create a filmed version of the staged reading as well as creation of a comprehensive teaching guide to share with other arts organizations interested in replicating our work. EPF looks forward to making this powerful film and the teaching guide available to you in the near future.

Roadmap to Apartheid virtual screening and discussion with panelists, flyer below, is set for Sunday, September 13. Register in advance here to join the discussion and watch the film.
EPF NEC Vice Chair, Rev. Will Mebane, is in the news again for his anti-racism advocacy and witness. Read the full story, "Staying in the Struggle: Rev. Will Mebane's Lifelong Stand for Racial Equality" in USA TODAY HERE
St. John's-Boulder, CO, shows love for their neighbor in a quite concrete way: guns are prohibited on their campus. What is preventing your parish from demonstrating dedication to our baptismal call in the same way? Let us know if our Gun Violence Prevention Action Group can help!
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