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Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: Resources from EHM

submitted April 14, 2014 by Matthew Ellis   |   comments
<h1>Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: Resources from EHM</h1>

Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace:
An Episcopal National Gathering to Challenge the Epidemic of Violence

April 9 - 11, 2014

As Episcopal Health Ministries CEO, I participated in a panel discussion at this conference entitled 'Episcopal Responses to Violence'. Panelists included:

In my comments in the panel presentation, I mentioned resources and Episcopal involvement in the following areas:


  • Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis:
    Bullying Prevention:  Creating a Culture of Acceptance took place on Saturday, March 9 2013.  The program was sponsored by the Children's Resource Group, Peace Learning Center, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana State Teachers Association, and the Arts Council of Indianapolis.  The Resources listed are from the symposium.

The 216th Annual Council in 2011 passed R-4a, which called for the bishop to appoint a ministry team to collect, assemble and offer resources to support parishes and individuals in their anti-bullying ministries. This resource is a result of that work. A hard copy of the resource binder is also available by contacting the diocesan Office of Christian Formation (800-DIOCESE x1031). Paper copies of the resources will also be provided to Church Schools and to each region of the Diocese.

Intimate Partner Violence:

  • St. Barnabas, Monmouth Junction, NJ: Ongoing collection of goods for shelter

  • St. Alban’s, Spirit Lake, IA: Resources page

  • Bishop Dietsche, Diocese of New York: Statement on Domestic Violence

  • Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Centerville, UT: Speakers from the Utah Domestic Violence Council and the law enforcement community will address the audience about common concerns encountered by victims and tell of community resources available to help victims and families, a news release from the church states.

  • Calvary Episcopal Church, Williamsville, NY: Family Justice Center - www.fjcsafe.org; The Family Justice Center provides free services for domestic violence victims and their children through an extensive collaboration with 13 partner agencies housed in one secured, comfortable location, where victims can get all the services they need to safely escape abuse.  Calvary worked with the Family Justice Center and  other organizations, churches and volunteers to open a Northtowns satellite location. Calvary has made a financial commitment to this project.  

  • Brides’ March (2009): Women dressed in bridal gowns, and men, many clad in black, walked to mourn victims of domestic violence. Candles were lit as the names of victims of domestic violence were read. The Rev. Joel Almono of Grace Episcopal Church led a prayer, followed by a moment of silence. The ceremony concluded the walk, which is held annually in memory of Gladys Ricart, a Dominican immigrant, who was murdered on her wedding day by her estranged boyfriend 10 years ago in New Jersey. North Andover, MA

  • EHM Resources (3)

Elder Abuse:

Ministry to Returning Veterans:

All EHM Violence Resources