Newsletter and Pentecost Contest Update

June 10, 2008
Pentecost Membership Drive and Contest Continues
The Pentecost Membership Drive is now in full swing! Many of you have successfully recruited members and many more have been putting the word out about the EPPN. Need ideas on how to tell people about the EPPN? Check out: 5 Easy Ways to Share the EPPN.
Interested in how your recruiting is going? Click here for a report.
Election Year Guide for Churches
We get lots of questions about what churches can and can't do when it comes to talking about policy issues, inviting candidates to forums, or participating in voter registration and Election Day activities. The Interfaith Alliance has a great easy to understand resource to help churches be involved in a non-partisan way and not get in trouble with the IRS -- Religion and Politics: A Guide for Houses of Worship
For more information about faith and elections check out Faithful Democracy
Anglicans Under Attack in Zimbabwe
The visit of Bishop Thomas Shaw to Zimbabwe has gotten a lot of attention in the media. He went there on behalf of Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and at the invitation of Bishop Sebastian Bakare of Harare to witness the ongoing religious and political violence among the people of Zimbabwe. Read about his trip in ENS and in the Boston Globe. Or listen to him being interviewed on NPR
Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North TV Premiere on PBS
In this feature documentary, filmmaker Katrina Browne (Episcopalian) discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain a powerful new perspective on the black/white divide. An unfinished version of the film was shown in Columbus at General Convention '06. Traces of the Trade will have its national television broadcast premiere on the PBS award-winning independent documentary film series P.O.V. on Tuesday, June 24 at 10pm! Please check your local listings for airdate and time in your area.
Legislation
While climate change legislation has been killed for this year, stay tuned for alerts on debt relief - the Jubilee Act - and the Global AIDS Reauthorization Act of 2008.