Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Palestine/Israel Network (PIN)?
EPF/PIN is a growing network of Episcopalians, mindful of the promises contained in their baptismal covenant and committed to peace and justice in Palestine/Israel, who wish to take specific advocacy steps they hope will contribute to a just peace in the region.
What is the Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF)?
EPF is a national organization connecting Episcopalians who seek a deliberate response to injustice and violence and want to pray, study and take action for justice and peace in our communities, our church, and the world. We are called to do justice, dismantle violence, and strive to become peacemakers. For more detailed information on the many things EPF does, visit its website www.epfnational.org
How is PIN different from EPF’s “Israel/Palestine Action Group?”
EPF/PIN evolved out of a desire by some action group members and others within the Episcopal Church to become more actively engaged in advocacy and education and to bring concerned Episcopalians together for a more robust witness. The new name represents a renewed commitment to finding a just peace for the people of Palestine and Israel, as well as a commitment to actively expand the network of concerned Christians through education, advocacy and witness trips.
What is asked of EPF/PIN members?
EPF/PIN members are asked to commit themselves to active engagement in education, support and advocacy for a just peace in Palestine and Israel and to partner with other faith communities and secular groups who share PIN’s purpose. What form each of these takes will differ with each person and their context.
Does membership in EPF/PIN cost anything?
Yes. We ask that, if you are not already a member of EPF, you become one. EPF’s support of PIN has been and will continue to be vital, and they offer a wide range of fees for annual giving. To finance the cost of building this network and the advocacy initiatives we anticipate, we encourage network members to designate 25% of their yearly membership fee to PIN (an option on EPF’s donation page) and to be as generous as possible in making an additional gift to PIN. PIN will report administrative expenses and fully describe projects deserving our financial support. Since we do not want anyone excluded from PIN for financial reasons, reduced or waived EPF membership fees are also available. We welcome your membership; please feel free to contact any of the signatories to the invitation with any questions or concerns you may have.