The Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) is a national organization connecting all 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 be peacemakers. Become a peacemaker.
EPF began as The Episcopal Pacifist Fellowship on November 11, 1939, Armistice Day. In the early days of World War II, EPF supported Conscientious Objectors, urging the whole church to do so. At that time members were required to sign a commitment: “In loyalty to the Person, Spirit and teachings of Jesus Christ, my conscience commits me to His way of redemptive love and compels me to refuse to participate in or give moral support to any war.”
Are you searching for a peacemaking Episcopal congregation in your area? Here’s a list of EPF’s Peace Partner Congregations.
The Peace Partner network consists of individuals and institutions (congregations, dioceses, seminaries, etc) who are seeking to grow their peace and justice ministries with the support of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship. If you would like to become a Peace Partner, click HERE for the application.
EPF chapters are regionally-based and work on local peace initiatives within their parish and communities as well as on national and international issues. Chapters sponsor and co-sponsor prayer and public witness such as peace vigils, liturgies, service projects and demonstrations. Click here to find out where our chapters to learn more about beginning a chapter in your neighborhood. Application for Chapters and Action Groups.
EPF Action Groups include Episcopalians from around the U.S. who are passionately concerned about a particular issue. Action Groups have been formed on Care of Creation, Iraq/Afghanistan, Death Penalty Abolition, Israel and Palestine, Conscientious Objectors, Nuclear Abolition, and Young Adults. Click here to contact the chair of the Action Group you are most interested in and begin working on these issues today!
As well, we have Committees within EPF which endeavor to do the administrative and behind the scenes work of EPF. Want to use your gifts to make EPF more effective? Join an EPF Committee: EPF Committee Information