Palestine-Israel Task Team

This task team was formed because resignation, cynicism and neutrality have no place in the Christian faith. Members share a love of neighbor for both the Israelis and the Palestinians and seek to change the unjust policies of the U.S. government. Despite the temptation to despair because of the complexity and intractability of the conflict, we believe that we must keep working for change.
It is therefore the mission of the FCC Task Team to:

  • Educate ourselves and our church community about the history of the conflict, the imbalance of power, and the religious, political and economic forces that stymie the peace process.
  • Inform ourselves and our church community of the resolutions, statements and relationships of the wider church.
  • Build working relationships with other groups within the faith and secular communities who are committed to nonviolently achieving justice and peace between Palestinians and Israelis.
  • Strengthen our relationships with our UCC –Doc partners through Global Ministries who have a presence in Israel and Palestine by giving support to national staff and directly to partners in these places.
  • Take bold stands and actively work for justice, affirming the human rights of all peoples involved and supporting the findings of international law. Encourage all Christians to work for justice as a matter of conscience.
  • Encourage members of this team and others within the FCC community to travel to the area and while there meet with both Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers.
  • Keep both peoples together in our hearts and pray continuously for all those affected by the conflict.
Gay Harter

Upcoming Palestine-Israel Task Team Events

October 24, 2015 - 1:00pm (Dr. Yasser abu Jamei)

Latest Palestine-Israel Task Team News

Social Justice Forum-"Actions Toward a Just Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict"
Posted: Oct 4 2015 - 12:00pm

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

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