On Sunday, October 25th First Church’s Palestine Israel Task Team will present a forum on the resolution adopted at the 2015 UCC General Synod entitled “A Call for the United Church of Christ to Take Actions Toward a Just Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” This resolution, which passed by a vote of 76%, calls for numerous actions by the larger church to promote an end to the Israeli Occupation of Palestinian land beyond the 1967 “Green Line.” It calls for churches to study the Kairos Palestine document, for members, churches, and national entities to boycott certain products made in Israeli settlements in occupied territory, and for divestment from certain companies complicit in the Occupation. It also asks the wider church to put pressure on Congress to investigate military aid to Israel to assure that it complies with U. S. laws. This 2015 resolution follows a long history of pronouncements by General Synods on the conflicts in the Middle East.
In UCC polity General Synod resolutions are not binding on local churches, but they can be prophetic voices calling us to examine our consciences on the issues of the day and to take actions for justice. At the Social Justice Forum on October 25 learn more about this important resolution and what it might mean for First Church in Cambridge. It will be held in the Hastings Room, after worship. A light lunch will be provided.
To read the full text of the resolution see
Information about and resources for the Middle East Initiative can be found at http://www.globalministries.org/meinitiative.