Episcopal Peace Fellowship wishes you a holy and peace-filled Christmas season.
The EPF national office will be closed from Wednesday, December 24 through Monday, December 29th.
The Reverends Valerie Bailey Fischer
and Nicole Janelle
As we say goodbye to 2014, we also say goodbye to two exceptional National Executive Council members. This week marks the end of Valerie Bailey Fischer's and Nicole Janelle's tenure on Episcopal Peace Fellowship's National Executive Council (NEC). Both Valerie and Nicole wrap up six years of faithful and insightful service on EPF's working board, NEC. Their leadership has been instrumental in the development, growth and success of EPF's Young Adult Initiative (YAI), and for that, EPF will be forever grateful.
When Valerie joined NEC in 2009 she brought Urban Pilgrimage with her. She described Urban Pilgrimage as "as new creative learning and leadership development for tomorrow's peacemakers." Young adults have participated in Urban Pilgrimages around the country for the past six years, reflecting spiritually, theologically, philosophically and politically upon the societal concepts and causes related pilgrimage themes such as homelessness, immigration, hunger and education inequality. As Valerie predicted six years ago, these pilgrimage experiences empower young adults to take action in their own communities as well as offer them leadership opportunities within EPF.
Nicole Janelle also began her work with NEC with a bold new venture, nonviolence training in Haiti with current EPF NEC chairperson Will Wauters. The intent was to offer a two-day introduction to non-violence training for 40 people, but turned out to be a four-day event for more than 100 people from all over Haiti. While in Haiti Nicole identified and invited a young adult she met to join the second EPF Young Adult presence at General Convention in 2009 which she and Valerie co-led.
Episcopal Peace Fellowship is truly grateful for the time, energy, creativity and most of all, the passion that Valerie and Nicole brought to National Executive Council the past six years. Their experiences with college ministry brought a wisdom to NEC that was missing before and their courage and insight allowed them continually ask difficult questions about traditions, sustainability and leadership development. Thank you, Nicole and Valerie, so very, very much.