It has to be the only parish of its kind: Church of our Savior at Mission Farm in Killington, VT, is an active Episcopal parish church, a working farm, 172 acres of mountainous beauty set on the Ottauquechee River, which includes a vicarage, the Heminway Guest House (a fifteen person retreat center), a weekly seasonal farmer’s market, a bakery, and miles of scenic hiking trails. Read more at www.oursaviorepiscopalvt.org to see what this Eden has to offer.
But that’s not the best of it: long time EPF members Rev. Lee Alison Crawford is Vicar of COS, and her partner, Anne Brown, also an EPF-er, were eager for me to share EPF’s message of social justice with the congregation. Though Lee was freshly home from the consecration of Rt. Rev. Shannon MacVean-Brown as the 11th Bishop of Vermont, where she served as one of the Masters of Ceremony for the consecration, she and Anne made time to introduce me to the parish and the grounds and gave me an opportunity to share the message of our 80 years of action during the 9:30 Eucharist, just before Steven and I were encouraged to help ourselves to the bounty of the apple orchard. The Holy Spirit has a lovely home here in the Green Mountains. (Photo credit Steven Atha.)
On Wednesday, September 25, EPF was pleased to be a sponsor of the rally to end gun violence on the west lawn of the Capitol in Washington, DC. Hundreds gathered to say, "Enough!" to the plague of gun violence in our country and to the lack of political will in our elected leadership to enact change that will keep us and our children safe. (Photo credit Tom Johnson)
EPF participated in the Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare in Princeton, New Jersey, September 27-29. We will have a full report from our EPF delegate, Allie Graham of Princeton in next week’s "Peace Out". Don’t miss out on this chance to get in on the ground floor on this important nonviolence initiative. Shown here are the Episcopalians at the conference: top row from left: Bob Lotz, EPF delegate and Secretary to the EPF National Executive Council; Tim Miller; and Allie Graham, EPF delegate. Seated are Mary Neznek and Pauline Muchina.
Finally, the Year of Action event
we’ve been waiting for is near!
80th Anniversary Celebration!
Sunday, November 10, 2019
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church,
399 Hope Street
A Commemoration of Witness
4:30 PM Evensong
Preacher: Rev. Dr. Shannon MacVean Brown
Bishop-Elect of Vermont
Followed by A Celebration of Peace
5:30 PM Fundraiser
Swing Band, Wine, Beer & Soft Drinks,
Hors D’oeuvres & Silent Auction
Monday, November 11, 2019
Center for Reconciliation
271 North Main Street
9:00 – 11:00 AM
Benefit Street’s Mile of History
sponsored by Center for Reconciliation
11:30 – 12:30
Keynote & Panel Discussion
12:30 – 2:30 PM
Byron Rushing, Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1983-2019
Representatives of Racial Reconciliation Ministries,
Province I, ECUSA
If you are in the Cleveland, Ohio, area and care deeply about abolition of the death penalty, this opportunity, co-sponsored by our EPF Chapter at Trinity Cathedral, is for you.
Our upcoming schedule:
Looking forward, EPF will be in:
Oct. 12-24: Palestine
Nov. 2: St. Luke’s, Altoona, PA
Nov. 9-11: EPF 80th Anniversary, Bristol and Providence, RI
Nov. 21-23: Borderland Ministry Summit, St. Philip’s in the Hills, Tucson, AZ
Dec. 4: National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence (TBD)
Dec. 22: National Day of Reparations (FOR) TBD
Are you near any of our planned stops and want to visit? Just shout! Steven and I are planning to spend the winter in the southwest, heading up through California and then into Oregon and Washington. We will come back east in time for our NEC meeting in Detroit in April, 2020. To schedule a visit, contact me at epfactnow.
Until next time,
power to the peaceful!
Altar and stained glass at Church of Our Savior, Killington, Vermont