Peace Out: Week Twenty-Nine

Weekly Update from Melanie
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Peace Out: Week Twenty-Nine
Stained glass window at St. Michael's, Barrington, IL,
which hosted the Diocese of Chicago for an evening
of peace and justice last week.
AUGUST 9-10, 2019



Please join EPF for our next Year of Action event: our August 9-10 pilgrimage to Alabama and the National Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Justice and Peace in Montgomery (, and the annual Jonathan Daniels and the Martyrs of Alabama Pilgrimage to Hayneville. Don't miss this chance to participate in these transformative experiences with your EPF colleagues! We have a block of rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott, 5555 Carmichael Road, Montgomery, AL for the evenings of August 9 and 10. Call (334) 272-5533 and ask to speak with "sales" about the Episcopal Peace Fellowship block and they will set you up with our rate ($119/night). We'll visit the Lynching Memorial on Friday at 10:00 a.m., followed by lunch at the Alley in downtown Montgomery, then the Legacy Museum at 2:30 p.m., followed by a time for reflection at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Montgomery at 4:30 p.m. The next day, we will participate in the Jonathan Daniels Pilgrimage to Hayneville, which begins at 11:00 a.m. on the Lowndes County Courthouse Square. Register now at


This week, the Peace and Justice Committee of St. Michael's, Barrington, IL, EPF and the Diocese of Chicago Peace and Justice Committee celebrated peace and justice at St. Michael's. Live folk music (lots of peace songs) offered by the talented Donna Brooks, generous food and drink, a Holy Land slide show presented by Ellen Lindeen, and presentations from EPF and our amazing Palestine Israel Network ambassador Newland Smith, engaged the over sixty attendees from all over the Diocese. I am especially grateful to Ellen and Ric and Katie Lindeen, and Rev. Jesse Perkins and the staff and congregation of St. Michael's, for providing the space and refreshments, never mind the vision and energy for pulling it off! It was a wonderful night of making new friends and reconnecting with peace partners we've made along the way this year.

Peace pole in the back yard of Ellen Lindeen, who serves on the EPF NEC and the Executive Board of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Ellen and her husband, Ric, hosted Steven and Miranda and me last week for our Diocese of Chicago event, which they generously underwrote and organized for us. Their dog, Mae, is a new favorite.
Alabama EPF-ers, join us as we launch our Alabama Year of Action events in Birmingham on Thursday, August 8, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's, Birmingham, 1025 South 12th Street, Birmingham, AL. We'll have refreshments and information about EPF and our ongoing plans to celebrate 80 years of action! Bring a friend!
EPF's Programming Committee needs YOU!

Are you passionate about promoting peace and reconciliation in your neighborhood, your church, and the world? Are you eager to share with others about the work and ministry of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship?

Do you love creating content and helping form and shape others? Are teaching or evangelism among your spiritual gifts?

If you said ‘yes’ to any of these questions, please consider saying ‘yes!’ to joining the Programming Committee of the EPF National Executive Council!

Need further encouragement? By joining the Programming Committee, you’ll be able to:

Boost your professional development credentials:

● share your content
● show case your expertise
● hone new skills
● emerge as a leader in the Episcopal Church

Enhance your network:

● get to know members of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship in various cities, states, and dioceses
● develop relationships within the Episcopal Church at the local, diocesan, and national levels
● meet other Episcopalians — lay and ordained — who are passionate about peace, justice, reconciliation, non-violent resistance, gun violence prevention, and anti-death penalty activism.

Serve the Church and the world:

● develop and help refine resources for advancing the mission of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship (curriculum, materials, speakers bureau, etc.)
● design and assist with planning and implementing pilgrimages
● consult on the management of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship virtual store
● plan for 2021 General Convention in Baltimore, Maryland
● review and expand partnerships with other religious and secular peace organizations

If you’d like help discerning whether or not you can say ‘yes!’ to the Program Committee of the National Executive Council, please feel free to be in touch with one of us (emails below) or with Melanie Merkle Atha, Executive Director, or

Holy Faith Episcopal in Inglewood, California, is supporting an upcoming event to commemorate the victims of all nuclear atrocities, past and present - with a candlelight procession through Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles the evening of Thursday, August 8, at 7:02 pm -- the exact time in Nagasaki, Japan, that the atomic bomb dropped by the United States incinerated thousands of people in that city alone. Please join us in protest of use of nuclear arms and for this commemoration.

Our upcoming schedule:

Looking forward, EPF will be in:

August 4: St. Augustine's, Nashville, TN
August 8: St. Andrew's, Birmingham, AL
August 9-10: Commemoration of Jonathan Daniels and Martyrs of Alabama
Visit to EJI Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and
Justice, Montgomery and Hayneville, AL
Sept. 4: Bp. Paul Jones' feast day
Sept. 7: Bp. Paul Jones' feast day observed, St. James, Essex Junction, VT
Sept 15: Grace, Bath, ME
Sept. 27-29 Drone warfare initiative, Princeton, NJ
Oct 13-24 Palestine
Nov. 11: EPF 80th Anniversary, 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! epfactnow

Until next time,
power to the peaceful!


How can we support EPF while Melanie is on the road?

  • Give to EPF
  • Offers of hospitality always welcome!
  • Suggestions of icons of social justice, landmarks or museums she must see.
  • Driveway for parking "Miranda", her home on wheels. (a home driveway or church parking lot is great)
  • Offer of laundry facilities.
  • Suggestions of coffee shops, eateries, and sports bars she should visit.
  • Identify best walks and hikes in your neighborhood.
  • Invite her to church!
  • Prayers for safe travel.
  • Favorite RV camp sites.
  • Visits with your pets -- she is feeling deprived!
"Flag Day" by Benny Andrews, American protest artist, and co-founder
of the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition in 1969.
This painting hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago, with this note:
"This intimately scaled, potent painting shows
a black man imprisoned by the bars of the American flag."
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