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Peace Out! Week Ninety-two
The House is on Fire
"The house is on fire. The house was on fire in 1492 when White colonizers came to this country proclaiming freedom, but enslaving and killing the natives. The house was on fire in 1619 when my ancestors were pulled from the lands of Africa and forced to sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land. The house is on fire and it is burning down, and it should burn down. The question is not “How do we save this house, this American project called America?” The question is, what will rise from the ashes?"
Read more of Rev. Edward Anderson’s mediation on the future of our democracy HERE
Prayers for Peace Sabbath
A liturgy for
Sunday, November 15
in commemoration of
Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s
81 years of social justice
advocacy and action
Watch this space
WPWP Daily Prayer online at 8pm London (3pm New York) for 30 mins
It runs from Sunday, October 11 to Sunday, October 18.
In October, 1974, the Week of Prayer for World Peace was launched. It was an Anglican Peace Fellowship (APF) initiative and began with a letter to the then Archbishop of Canterbury. From the beginning it has been a multi-faith activity. The first Chair of WPWP was the late Dr. Edward Carpenter, former Dean of Westminster Abbey, and he laid the guiding principle of the Week in these words “The peace of the world must be prayed for by the faiths of the world”.
Each year a leaflet of prayers is produced, which can be used throughout the year. To request a copy, please email epfactnow.
There are ‘themes’ for each day in the week and this year include: Peace Education, Nonviolence, Remembering the end of WW2, the United Nations, Environment and Security, Leadership for Reconciliation and the Pandemic. There is also a section of prayers for young people.
To support the week, APF will be holding prayer sessions each day (Monday, 12 October to Saturday 16 October). While the time in London is 8 pm, it will be 3 pm on the US East Coast. The same zoom link applies to each day.
Our prayers for peace continue to be so needed in a world that seems more divided and violent than ever.
"Even after two millennia, the Holy Land still beckons. The call to go and see is powerful; to stand and walk at the very sites of Jesus’ life and ministry can bring us ever closer to his teachings in new and unexpected ways."
EPF Palestine-Israel Network is pleased to announce the addition of a travel resource page to its website. Read more HERE and click on the "Travel" tab. This pandemic can’t last forever, so you can begin dreaming about your pilgrimage to the Holy Land now…
Please sign up to attend a We Must Do MORE Phone Bank to call or text poor and low-income voters in key states where their vote will have the greatest impact. Sign voters up for election reminders, help develop a voting plan and connect them to the Poor People’s Campaign! We will teach you everything you need to know!
Episcopal Peace Fellowships’s position on Gender Based Violence is simple: We must seek to eliminate all forms of violence, whether interpersonal or systematic, if we want to live in a free, just, and loving society according to our baptismal covenant. We are looking for leadership for our Gender Violence Prevention Action Group. Interested? Please let Melanie Atha know (epfactnow).
Congratulations to former EPF National Executive Council member Chris Sabas on her ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons in the Diocese of Easton! Chris is the first Iranian-American ordained in the diocese. May God continue to bless you and your ministry, Chris!
Online October 4 –
November 3, 2020
The ninth annual Witness Palestine Film Festival is scheduled for October 4 – November 3. With no or very limited access this year to our traditional venues of The Little Theatre and St. John Fischer College, the festival will be online. In this new format, we plan to make four films available via the web at no charge. This year’s films offer perspectives on Palestine/Israel through a variety of lenses: historical; shared heart-felt personal experiences of former Israeli soldiers and of American Jews encountering first-hand the realities of Palestinian life under Israeli occupation; and the stories of Arab Americans in Brooklyn seeking a political voice. Film titles, dates, registration information, and other details may be found at WitnessPalestineRochester.org.