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Announcing EPF's
Peacebuilding Online Project


SAVE THE DATES AND SPREAD THE WORD

White teens in rural Colorado reenact the murder of George Floyd for Instagram. Insurrectionists storm the Capitol. People subjectively live in different worlds depending on their news choice. Is this the death throes of democracy or the birth pangs of a more just social order? Is the answer fixed by fate or has God left the decision to us? I set before you life and death. (Deut. 30:19) How are we called to become peaceful in our own hearts and at the same time to engage those around us in new ways? Perhaps reconciling ways that challenge us to grow beyond our old selves (Eph. 4:22) and be transformed into the likeness of Christ. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

PEACEBUILDING ONLINE PROJECT

 EPF will host a series of online 1-hr presentations the first Sunday of each month starting in August on different aspects of and approaches to peacebuilding, both with others and within ourselves. We will meet via Eventbrite/Zoom at 4 pm Eastern Time. Please plan to attend as many of our programs as you can, bring a friend, and ask your congregation and diocese to publicize our programs each month. Hear inspiring voices. Learn. Discover resources for going deeper. Take a look below at our first offerings.


Our Line Up Through January, 2022
Links to Eventbrite registration, presenter bios, and information HERE
Sunday, August 1 at 4:00 pm Eastern

PERVASIVE FEAR & VIOLENCE TRAP US IN A SMALLER LIFE. WHEN WE LOCK DANGER OUT, WHO ARE WE LOCKING IN?

Presented by: Rev. Rosalind Hughes, author of Whom Shall I Fear?

Read more HERE
Sunday, September 5 at 4:00 pm Eastern

FACING OUR OWN TRAUMA AND ACKNOWLEDGING EACH OTHER’S TRAUMA
AS THE STARTING POINT FOR PEACE & JUSTICE – OUTER & INNER.

Presented by: Katie Mansfield of The Center for Justice & Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University

Read more HERE
Sunday, October 3 at 4:00 pm Eastern

AN HONEST LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF RACE LEADING TO HONEST ENGAGEMENT
WITH EACH OTHER

Sacred Ground, presented by: Katrina Browne, producer/director of the Emmy-nominated "Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North"

Read more HERE
Sunday, November 7 at 4:00 pm Eastern

THE MYTH OF FANG & CLAW HUMAN NATURE IS A SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY.
BUT NEW SCIENCE AND OLD SPIRITUALITY TELL A DIFFERENT STORY.
 
Presented by: Michael Nagler of Metta Center for Nonviolence

Read more HERE
Sunday, December 5 at 4:00 pm Eastern

HOW DO WE LIVE WITH DIFFERENT POLITICAL CONVICTIONS BUT WITH MALICE TOWARD NONE? IS RELATIONSHIP STILL POSSIBLE?
 
Presented by: The Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith of Braver Angels

Read more HERE
Sunday, January 2, 2022 at 4:00 pm Eastern

THE DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY OF HEALING RACISM'S WOUNDS

Presented by: Dr. Catherine Meeks, Absolom Jones Center

Read more HERE
Our programs will continue into 2022! Dates soon to be announced for the Center for Courage and Renewal (Dan Hines); Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (Chicago); Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute (Minneapolis); Alan Yarborough, EPPN; Cheryl Graeve, National Institute for Civil Discourse; Civil Conversation Project (Kansas); Robert Hoo, One LA (interfaith, broad based community organizing, Los Angeles); Azam, Muslims for Peace (Maryland); Rabbi Deb Kolodny, Interrupting Hate In Public Spaces (Portland); Charlie Walzer (New York Times columnist, radicalization on social media) and Frances Unsell, The Development Center
"Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it toward others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will also be in our troubled world."

Richard Rohr

Are you called to support EPF's Peacebuilding Online Project, described above? We are inviting 50 of our faithful to support our work in a very intentional way. Read our full appeal HERE, and when you make your contribution, THANK YOU! The ravages of COVID have laid bare the vast inequalities in our society; violence and racism are a persistent plague. Your commitment to EPF helps us empower one another to make a difference by advocating for change and by educating others to join the crusade. Contribute HERE today!