The Mission of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship is to Do Justice, Dismantle Violence and Strive to be Peace Makers.
The Maine chapter of EPF was founded during the Vietnam War era and was reconstituted in January 2006. We now have about 70 members of the Maine Chapter, including laypeople and clergy. In recent years we have accomplished and are continuing to focus on the following:
- Submitted annual resolutions to diocesan convention.
- Sponsored a poem/essay contest for youth.
- Sponsored a 3 day Creating a Culture of Peace Retreat for 22 people w Janet Chisholm at Living Water.
- Developed 4 action groups out of the retreat.
- Held booths at Brunswick Peace Fair and diocesan convention
- Co-sponsored a movie with follow-up discussion about Gandhi in Brunswick Movie Theater.
- Developing a movie series in southern part of the diocese.
- Had a representative speaker at interfaith rally in Portland.
- Participated in the annual Peace Action Maine dinner annual meeting.
- Work closely with Indian Relations committee to educate ourselves about Native Peoples in Maine (promoting movies and education).
- Have raised funds in support of Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza City
- Created a DVD slide show available to parishes for showing on Al Ahli Hospital
We invite you to join the Episcopal Peace Fellowship-Maine Chapter in extending peacemaking resources to all the clergy and laity of the diocese. Here are some ways you can:
1. Identify one or more people to represent your parish to act as Peace Contacts with the Diocese. We want their ideas and participation. And we will provide them with information for your parish about upcoming events and initiatives. Please provide the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of your Peace Contact(s) to Glenis Elliot or Colleen Stevens.
2. Invite us to your parish to speak to your congregation about upcoming events, to lead an adult forum or to conduct a peacemaking workshop. To schedule a visit by an Episcopal Peace Fellowship member, contact Glenis Elliot, Co-Convener or Colleen Stevens, Co-Convener.
3. Support peacemaker training: contact the Rev. Carol Huntington by email Carol Huntington
We look forward to working with you and welcome your ideas about additional ways to advance the Peace of Christ throughout our Diocese, our nation and our world.
May God bless our ministries,
The Executive Committee, EPF-Maine
A PowerPoint presentation on Al Ahli Hospital is available for showing to congregations throughout the Diocese. This hour-long slide program with discussion afterwards can be facilitated by a member of Episcopal Peace Fellowship or can be made available simply on DVD.
EPF-Maine is encouraging fund-raising efforts on behalf of Al Ahli Hospital throughout the Diocese of Maine. In May 2013 the women's group at Grace Church in Bath (The Women of Grace) contributed $500 to Al Ahli after seeing the PowerPoint presentation on the hospital and participating in discussion facilitated by parishioners and EPF-members the Rev. John Beaven and Diane Paterson. Another $500 was contributed in June 2013 to Al Ahli Hospital by the Outreach Committee at Grace Church in Bath in response to a challenge from the women's group. In September 2013 a Millenium Development Grant of $7,500 was awarded by the Diocese of Maine to Al Ahli Hospital. Donations to the hospital are channeled through American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.
Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF-Maine Chapter) offers from time to time experiential encounters for Episcopalians on confronting violence with nonviolence in everyday life.
Almighty God, You have bidden us to carry in your Name the sword of the Spirit;
you have made us messengers of peace in a world of strife,
and messengers of strife where false peace prevails;
Make strong our hand, make clear our voice,
give us humility with firmness, and insight with passion;
that we may fight not to conquer but to redeem,
following the example of your blessed Son, the Savior of the world. Amen.
by The Rev. Richard Bamforth