Episcopal Peace Fellowship appoints the Rev. Kerith Harding as executive director

Episcopal Peace Fellowship
Posted May 2, 2024

The Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) announced the appointment of the Rev. Kerith Harding as executive director of the nearly 85-year-old organization which focuses on all forms of prayer, study and action that together work toward a more just and peaceful world.

Rev. Harding has previously served as a member of EPF’s National Executive Council (NEC) and Palestine Israel Network. She has also served churches in Oregon, Connecticut, and Hawaii, where most recently she served as the rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church (Kula, Maui) for nearly 9 years.

“Kerith will be a wonderful asset for EPF,“ said Interim EPF Chair, the Rev. George Clifford. “She has proven experience in growing the membership of those organizations she has served and deep a passion for the issues that motivate EPF’s ministry.” Interim Vice Chair, Linda Gaither added, “Those who have worked with Kerith in the past consistently comment on her commitment to spiritual formation and her deep desire to help others make the connection between their faith and actions. I am delighted she has agreed to come on board.”

Founded in 1939 by a concerned group of peacemakers, including Bishop Paul Jones, EPF is a fellowship of members committed to Jesus’s way of redemptive love; to prayer, study and work for reconciliation and peace, and to renouncing, so far as is possible, participation in war, militarism and all other forms of violence. Members work to discover and practice alternatives to violence in the resolution of conflicts and urge the Episcopal Church to do the same, waging peace across all boundaries, and calling upon people everywhere to repent, to forgive, and to love. Learn more at episcopalpeacefellowship.net.

EPF has members across the nation, some of whom join as individuals, and others who are affiliated with church or community-based chapters or peace partner parishes. As executive director, Rev. Harding will be responsible for creating partnerships and relationships both within and beyond the Episcopal Church. Her responsibilities include staff, operational management, development, and visioning.

“I am thrilled to be joining EPF as executive director. I look forward to connecting with our members and allies, and to working together for the alleviation of war, violence, and all those circumstances which deprive God’s children of peace and fullness of life,” Harding said.

Rev. Harding will be based in Connecticut, where she now lives. She began her new position on April 22. For more information, please contact EPF@epfnational.org.