“Like a tree that’s planted by the water ....”

Ecumenical Peace Institute / Clergy And Laity Concerned (EPI/CALC) is a prophetic voice and witness, embracing all faith and earth-based traditions bringing to life universal values as we seek truth, work for justice, nurture compassion and courage, reach out to each other and to our larger communities of faith and tradition, bridge the divisions that wound the human family, transform ourselves and our world through dedication to nonviolence in education, advocacy, witness and action.


El Instituto Ecuménico por la Paz / Clérigos y laicos involucrados (EPI / CALC) es una voz profética y testigo, abarcando todas las tradiciones religiosas y terrestres que le dan vida a los valores universales a la vez que buscamos la verdad, trabajamos por la justicia, fomentamos la compasión y la valentía, nos conectamos los unos con los otros y con nuestras comunidades mayores religiosas y de la tradición, construimos puentes entre las divisiones que hieren a la familia humana, nos transformamos a nosotros mismos y a nuestro mundo a través de la dedicación a la no violencia en la educación, en la defensa, en el testimonio y en la acción.

Source: The above text was adapted from the Mission Statement of the Mt. Diablo Unitarian Church in Walnut Creek. The author(s) will be credited when their name(s) is/are learned. ¡Gracia! a Silvia Brandon-Pérez for the translation to Spanish.

Ecumenical Peace Institute (EPI) began during the war against Vietnam with counter-recruitment actions by clergy and lay people at the Oakland Armed Forces Induction Center. We have remained explicitly multiracial, interfaith, and activist. We have continued to play a key role in many struggles by bringing in the religious left.

Among the issues we work on are: nuclear weapons – with a particular focus on our “neighbor” the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab; racial justice including supporting affirmative action and defending Native American rights for both communities and individuals; economic imperialism – the impact on people abroad and in the U.S.

We have maintained a focus on the inter-related issues of racism, militarism, and materialism, providing a context for education, reflection, and nonviolent action. We make a particular effort to make clear the connection between the issues, and work in coalition with issue-specific organizations.

We seek to answer the call to change systems which create and perpetuate misery for most of the world's people, joining to build a community of justice locally and world-wide.

Board of Directors

Janet Cordes Gibson, president, United Church of Christ; Daniel Zwickel, vice-president, Unitarian Universalist; Carolyn Scarr, secretary & program coordinator, Trinity Fellowship of Berkeley; Nancy Taylor, treasurer, United Church of Christ; Marilyn Jackson, office coordinator, Lutheran,  ELCA; Silvia Brandon Peréz, ARCWP Priest (Roman Catholic), People without Borders, Justice Temple; Mark Coplan, Presbyterian Church USA; Gloria Escalona, Roman Catholic; Cynthia Johnson, Unitarian Universalist; Pierre Labossiere, United Church of Christ; Vivian Zelaya, Roman Catholic.

Advisory Board:  Diana Bohn, Berkeley Peace & Justice Commission; Rev. Nobuaki Hanaoka
United Methodist; Annette Herskovits, Jewish, Buddhist; Steve Kelly, S.J., Roman Catholic; Rev. Ron Stief, United Church of Christ; Father Louis Vitale, Roman Catholic; Lonnie Voth, Mennonite.

This, from our Board Retreat February 6, 2017, left to right: Mark Coplan; Nelly Quinonez; Nancy Taylor, Daniel Zwickel ben Avrám, Marilyn Jackson, Janet Gibson, Vivian Zelaya, and, demonstrating that the first shall be last, our indomitable Carolyn Scarr, You may click on the photo to view full-size.