OREPA honored by Catholic Committee on Appalachia

The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance received the FOCIS award at the annual gathering of the Catholic Committee on Appalachia in Gatlinburg, Tennessee on September 20. The award recognizes OREPA’s commitment to stopping nuclear weapons production in Oak Ridge. “OREPA is meeting the needs of the Appalachian people by providing a crucial positive witness and needed education,” wrote Ann Marie Quinn, shown here presenting the award to OREPA Coordinator Ralph Hutchison and Board member Jim Orr. “This is so different from the corporate legacy and ongoing destructive activities done to this land and her people.”

In receiving the award, OREPA coordinator Hutchison noted the “deep wellspring of commitment to peace and justice in the room,” and expressed appreciation for being recognized by colleagues.


Sunday Vigil at Y-12 in Oak Ridge Tennessee

Sunday Vigil

The OREPA Board has now decided that we are prepared to do a limited re-opening of the Sunday vigil to allow for slightly more participation.  We are asking anyone who wants to attend a Sunday vigil to sign up in advance—by the Thursday before. There are two ways to sign up. You can email Ralph at orep@earthlink.net or you can call him at 865 776 5050. If the five slots are already taken, we’ll ask you to wait until next week. All vigilers are expected to wear masks. Bring your own chair. Avoid physical contact and maintain an appropriate social distance in the circle of chairs. Of course, if for any reason you feel you may have been exposed to the virus or to someone with the virus, you should not attend the vigil. At this point, we are not resuming our monthly potlucks.

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