The Episcopal Peace Fellowship Pledge of Commitment describes the group's mission:
In loyalty to the person, teaching, and Lordship of Jesus Christ, my conscience commits me to His way of redemptive love: to pray, study, and work for peace, and to renounce, as far as possible, participation in war, militarism, and all other forms of violence.
In fellowship with others, I will work to discover and create alternatives to violence and to build a culture of peace. I urge the Episcopal Church in accordance with our baptismal vows "to renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God", and to wage peace across all boundaries, calling upon people everywhere to repent, to forgive, and to love. https://epfnational.org/join/
There is currently an active chapter at Trinity Cathedral which is currently reaching out to other parishes to spread the work of Christ's peacemaking.
Because of the EPF commitment above, our local group has three priorities:
1) Human Trafficking, in conjunction with the efforts of the Episcopal Church Women. Resources and information here.
2) Yemen, keeping this humanitarian crisis in the news,
3) Anti-Death Penalty group, working with Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE) and Intercommunity Peace& Justice Center (IJPC) in Cincinnati.
Suggested Actions January, 2020 (amended)
- Contact your 2 Ohio U.S. Senators Brown and Portman to take legal action to reestablish Congress’ legitimate role in authorizing acts of war
- Contact your U.S. House Representative and Senators Portman and Brown to support an amendment initially made by Rep. Barbara Lee for the: Repeal of the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF). The AUMF laws (2) have been cited as the legal justification for military action 41 times in 18 countries – and those are only the unclassified instances.
- If you haven’t already, contact your U.S. House Representative and U.S. Senators Portman and Brown and ask them to explain why House Amendments 554, 522 and 524 to H.R. 2500 (National Defense Authorization Act) never made it out of the closed-door House/Senate Conference Committee, which amendments would have : 1/ (554) prohibited unauthorized military force in or against Iran, 2 (524) prohibited support to and participation in the Saudi-led coalitions military operations against the Houthis in Yemen ,and 3/ (522) prohibited the use of funds from the Special Defense Acquisition Fund to aid Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates if such assistance could be used to conduct or continue hostilities in Yemen
- Contact Governor Mike DeWine and ask him to end Ohio’s failed program of executions.
- Contact your Ohio Assembly Senator and ask him/her to pass S.B. 54 to prohibit the execution of those with a serious mental condition at time criminal offense occurred.
- Contact your Ohio House Representative and ask them to support the passage of SB 13, The Protect Trafficked Minors Act. Bipartisan support. Has passed the Ohio Senate last year.
- Contact your 2 U.S. Senate representatives Brown and Portman and ask them to please pass/support universal gun background checks acts, passed by the House of Representatives as H.R. 8 Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 and H.R. 1112 Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019
- FYI!: United States to Fund Gun Violence Research after 20-year Freeze
(New!) Suggested Study re: Ohio gun legislation in progress:
New suggestion: If you get a response from your representative, please let us know. Their responses are often insightful and valuable for follow-ups
Notes from the January 5, 2020 meeting at Trinity Cathedral
Notes from the December 1, 2019 meeting at Trinity Cathedral
Notes from the October 6, 2019 meeting at Trinity Cathedral
Notes from the September 1, 2019 meeting at Trinity Cathedral
Notes from August 4th, 2019 meeting at Trinity Cathedral