Peace Out: Week Twenty-Six

Weekly Update from Melanie
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Peace Out: Week Twenty-Six
No Mistake: Cleveland Rocks!
Members of Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland are ready to celebrate
EPF's 80th Anniversary year with lots of action and energy!
Details below.
(Photo credit Pam Turos)
Join us in Kalamazoo!
Our next big stop for EPF's 80th Year of Action will be in Kalamazoo this weekend for the Province V Big Provincial Gathering!
Join me and several members of EPF, including leadership:
Bob Lotz, Rev. Kay Houck, Rob Burgess, Ellen Lindeen and Betsy Davidson.
We'd love to see you at our evening reception on Friday, July 12 at 6:00pm!
EPF is gathering a group to visit the Sojourner Truth Memorial in Battle Creek, Michigan, for prayers, a commemoration, and a picnic, immediately following the Province V Big Provincial Meeting in Kalamazoo. Time is 4:00 pm on Saturday, July 13, at the corner of Division and Michigan Avenue in Battle Creek. Blessed Sojourner's feast day is July 20.
One more "don't miss" event in Kalamazoo: speaking out against our country's policy of detaining asylum seekers. Please join us as we raise our voices and our hearts in unison to demand an end to human detention camps. Friday night, July 12, 7-10 p.m. at Bronson Park, 200 South Rose Street, Kalamazoo, MI. Those of us attending the BPG event will walk over after our EPF reception to light a candle. Sponsored by Kalamazoo First Congregational UCC.

Holy, Holy, Holy. Cleveland's Trinity Cathedral is home to God's grace and radical hospitality. This amazing family of dedicated disciples showed Steven, Miranda and me a generous welcome and ongoing love and support for the four days we were blessed to be a part of their community. Hospitality is second nature to them, it seems.

Just by way of small example, here's a news story about gracious hospitality offered by Trinity members: "Asylum-seeker from Haiti finds an army of supporters in Cleveland"

Trinity's EPF is wisely focusing on three primary initiatives: eradicating human trafficking, advocating against US involvement in the war in Yemen, and working to abolish the death penalty in Ohio. They are dedicated to prayer, study and action on these three, and have had speakers on human trafficking and are planning yet another; they will invite a speaker to present educational information on the tragic war in Yemen and the ongoing struggles in Palestine; and have several plans for deep learning on advocacy against the death penalty. They have signs posted in their public areas giving victims information about who to call if they need rescue from exploitation. While I was there, they were creating social medial posts-public service announcements to educate people about what to look for during the ongoing Major League Baseball All-Star Games to try to make Cleveland safe from trafficking. The group is planning to expand by engaging with other parishes in the Diocese of Ohio to increase the scope of their reach and to include advocacy on other important issues such as gun control and criminal justice reform. They will celebrate Paul Jones' Feast Day on September 4 and "International Peace Day" on September 21. As well, they are planning their own celebration of EPF's 80th birthday in November. Their level of effective activity is motivating!

Bruce Freeman and Debbie Hunter are the local conveners of the EPF group, and they and the clergy and staff at Trinity really pulled out all the stops to make our visit wonderful. Miranda was parked and plugged in at the Cathedral parking lot. Being downtown, we were close to the bike paths and all the great food and sights. Debbie presented us with public transit and city maps when we arrived, we had meals together with both Bruce and Debbie and with the rest of the "usual suspects." They most helpfully loaded us up before we even got to town with suggestions for enjoying their beautiful city. They fed us literally and spiritually and made us feel loved. I am not usually able to give folks much notice of when we might be visiting, and I do know how much trouble it can be to make ready for us. So, that this entire church community made time and provision for us is humbling. We are profoundly grateful.

A word about the city of Cleveland: what a delight! Did you know that they have a cultural district, Cleveland Cultural Gardens, in Rockefeller Park, where the world's nations are invited to establish icons and monuments to share their art and culture? An entire greenway is filled with global connection and peace. Truly, this one aspect makes Cleveland "City of the World" as far as I am concerned. Steven and I rode bikes through the park and were enchanted. Cleveland has a world class art museum, which is chocked full of medieval art, illuminated books of hours, and an amazing display of the Cuyahoga River brought to life with, of all things and ironically, gunpowder (Cleveland is pretty good at humility and laughing at its former, imperfect self!). And of course, there is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where we got to see a film of Prince playing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" with Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne, and Dhani Harrison (George Harrison's son). Memorable and moving.

I loved our time in Cleveland. Can you tell?

Trinity Cathedral is both majestic and accessible. Love lives here, emanating from the
hearts of her faithful.
Advocacy against drone warfare
Advocacy against drone warfare is such important work – drones have become the preferred method for waging war, requiring no US boots on the ground. Drone operators, unlike combat pilots, go home to their families after their shift. Only the people of color living under drone surveillance and targeting – alleged “terrorists” and civilians alike – pay the blood toll of this new warfare. The Church must stand against the moral hazard of ignoring this “invisible” combat that produces only foreign deaths. Whether slaughter is delivered by nearby troops themselves at risk, or by piloted aircraft, or by drones, the Jesus Movement must be firm in rejecting every means of destroying life and love. We call for peace!

Registration deadline July 26! Only ten spots left!

EPF would like to send at least two of us to Princeton, NJ to represent Episcopalians everywhere and then to carry this advocacy forward for us. We have one committed volunteer -- Allie Graham of Princeton, NJ. Are you Interested in this opportunity? Let us know and let's see how we can make funds available to help get you there! epfactnow

Make plans now to 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. Registration available now at

Our upcoming schedule:

Looking forward, EPF will be in:

July 12-13: Big Provincial Gathering, Province V, Kalamazoo, MI
July 12: Lights for Liberty, Kalamazoo, MI
July 13: Commemoration of Sojourner Truth, Battle Creek, MI
July 14: St. Thomas, Battle Creek, MI
July 21: Grace Episcopal Church, Traverse City, MI
July 25: St. Michael's, Barrington, IL
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. 7: Bp. Paul Jones' feast day observed, St. James, Essex Junction, VT
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. 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!
Rainbow over Streetsboro, Ohio on Independence Day
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