About Our Colorado Chapter

While our chapter is affiliated with the Episcopal Church in America (the Episcopal Peace Fellowship is a national organization with local chapters across the United States), we shape our own interests and priorities. Past events have included a Good Friday pilgrimage for peace and justice in Denver, an eco-justice event in Estes Park, nonviolent communication training, a program introducing the national EPF and meetings to build community and learn about peace. We strive to work for peace and justice in our communities, our church and the world.

Violence surrounds us: open warfare among nations; racial, tribal and ethnic violence within nations; inconceivable levels of gun violence in the U.S. A pervasive form of violence often tears at our relationships. Verbal, emotional or physical violence comes from the anger, rage, hatred and fear inside each of us—the same dark emotions that lead to war.

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Our Chapter's Doings

We have:

Provided training in non-violent communication. Held nine annual Good Friday Urban Pilgrimages for Peace (a form of Stations of the Cross, focusing especially on Jesus' best friends, the poor and homeless—prayer and witness together).

Provided training in Creating a Culture of Peace, with techniques for non-violent action.

Held several summer Peace in the Mountains events (Estes Park and Leadville being our sites), with a focus on eco-justice and peace with our mother the earth.

Hosted PeaceFlix programs a few times each year, with a film and sometimes a paired (optional) book on such issues as immigration, reconciliation after war, the Palestine/Israel conflict, racial reconciliation, religion and human sexuality, gender issues and more. Screened Salaam Neighbor about Syrian Refugees in 2016.

EPF members commit to the following statement:

For Christians working to establish God's kingdom here on earth, the violence which permeates our society demands a Christian response. As a member of the Episcopal Peace fellowship, I join with other Episcopalians who seek a deliberate, Christian response to violence that is in keeping with our baptismal covenant to "...strive for justice and peace among all people...."

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, so far as possible, participation in war, militarism, and all other forms of violence.

In fellowship with others of like mind, I will work to discover and create alternatives to violence and to build a culture of peace. As a member of the holy catholic church, 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.

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