The Mission of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship is to Do Justice, Dismantle Violence and Strive to be Peace Makers.
Episcopal Peace Fellowship - Maine Chapter is a small but committed group of peace-minded believers. EPF is a national membership organization connecting all who seek a deliberate response to injustice and violence and who want to pray, study, and take action for justice and peace in our communities and our churches and the world. It began as the Episcopal Pacifist Fellowship on November 11, 1939, Armistice Day. EPF aids and encourages all Episcopalians to strive for justice and peace and to bear nonviolent witness to Christ’s call to peace.
About EPF - Maine Chapter:
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
Documents & Statements
How to Get Involved
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
4. Membership Application here
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
Two part recorded webinar from the American Friends of the Parents Circle: Palestinian and Israeli Bereaved Families for Peace
Beauty, Peace, Resistance!: Barefoot Artists in Palestine
EPF-Maine sponsored a showing of Barefoot Artists in Maine in July of 2016. Lily Yeh, Philadelphia-based community artist and founder of Barefoot Artists, along with Dud Hendrick and Rob Shetterly, discussed images of their recent work in three areas of the Palestinian West Bank.
Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza: A Focus
EPF-Maine has been focusing attention on Al Ahli Hospital in the Gaza Strip and on its significant need for international support. A resolution passed in Diocesan Convention in October 2012 lent support to the effort to increase awareness of the issues involved in the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and its possible resolution.
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.
October Holy Land Pilgrimage 2016
The Episcopal Diocese of Maine and the Maine Chapter of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship pilgrimage to the Holy Lan took place October 24
-November 3, 2016.
The pilgrimage responded to the call to "Come and See" by visiting the ancient churches of the Nativity, the Annunciation, and the Holy Sepulcher as well as the holy sites at the Sea of Galilee. In October 2015, the Diocese of Maine Convention passed a resolution that "laity and clergy of the Diocese be encouraged to make pilgrimage to Israel and the Occupied Territories to learn from our fellow Christians in the region." Bishop Stephen Lane has offered his support for this trip to assist Maine Episcopalians to have the opportunity to make that journey and return to share their experiences and learning.
Participants visited institutions of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and experienced the realities of life for Palestinian Christians living under occupation in East Jerusalem and the West Bank as well as living as second-class citizens of Israel. The group met with Jews, Muslims, and Christians working together for a just peace.
Brunswick Peace Fair
EPF-Maine participated in the annual Peace Fair held on the Brunswick Mall.Peace groups in Maine invited others to gather with them for a day of celebrating making our earth safe for our children. The following themes were addressed: Teaching Peace, Protecting from Violence, Environment Health, Food Capabilities, Human Health, Creating a Compassionate Society. Coordinator was Karen Rienert from the Executive Committee of EPF-Maine.
Creating a Culture of Peace (CCP) Training
Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF-Maine Chapter) offers from time to time experiential encounters for Episcopalians on confronting violence with nonviolence in everyday life.
Six parishes and one religious community (SCHC) have offered forums, workshops, sermons, and retreats, which have been led by Carol Huntington, nationally certified CCP trainer, assisted by Anne Street, Dick Bamforth, Alicia Kellogg and other leaders in our Diocese. All leaders have been trained in the basic Creating a Culture of Peace 3-day training led by Carol and Janet Chisholm, National Coordinator of CCP.
CCP uses a holistic approach to empowering participants in the spirituality and practice of active peacemaking in their lives through a three-day, 20 hour program. EPF-Maine continues to offer 50-minute sessions to one-day retreats to parishes in the Diocese of Maine who want to begin to experience being better peacemakers. We welcome invitations to share what we have learned about peacemaking.
EPF-Maine Chapter Prayer
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