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 March 2020
- Contact your 2 Ohio U.S. Senators Brown and Portman to take legal action to reestablish Congress’ legitimate role in authorizing acts of war
- Thank Senators Portman and Brown, and your U.S. House Representative for their support of a recent measure passed by the House to block use of funds for any offensive force in or against Iran without congressional approval and 2/ ask them to repeal the 2002 resolution that authorized military force (AUMF) against the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq which has been invoked many times in pursuing battles against new enemies.
- Help the innocent children in Yemen in their struggle with malnutrition, poverty and violence through UNICEF
- Doctors Without Borders is working in Yemen to help women and children receive critical medical care in Yemen. We can help DWB in their efforts under extreme conditions.
- 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.
- Write a letter to your newspaper supporting the growing bipartisan support for ending the death penalty in Ohio. Details below.
Suggested content of your letter to newspapers:
- In such a divisive political climate, it's incredible to see both sides of the aisle coming together on the issue of death penalty repeal.
- The fact that Ohio conservatives are stepping up to repeal Ohio's death penalty is great. I --- I think repealing the death penalty certainly represents conservative Ohioan values of being pro-life and fiscally responsible.
- I love seeing the momentum for repeal building across the state! It's amazing to see all communities - conservatives, faith leaders, lawmakers, former office holders, liberals, etc - creating a buzz for repealing Ohio's death penalty.
- Contact your Ohio House Representative and ask her/him to support the passage of SB 13, The Protect Trafficked Minors Act. Bipartisan support. Has passed the Ohio Senate last year, and is in the House Judiciary Committee as of February 2020.
- Background: Senator Theresa Fedor Testimony-Sponsor (see her Sponsor Testimony PDF at the bottom of the clicked page)
- 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. Currently passed House and both referred to Senate.
- FYI!: United States to Fund Gun Violence Research after 20-year Freeze
- (New!) Suggested Study re: Ohio gun legislation in progress:
Contact Info: It’s easy: email via their websites or call directly; it does make a difference!
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 March 1, 2020 meeting at Trinity Cathedral
Notes from the February 2, 2020 meeting at Trinity Cathedral
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