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Together, we transform lives through love, service, and our welcoming faith.

Justice in the Middle East (JME) is a group of members of the Main Line Unitarian Church who work to promote peace and justice in Israel-Palestine. JME affirms the right to equality, dignity, freedom, and security of all peoples involved.

Education and discussion within our congregation and in our community are important contributions toward the goal of justice. Accordingly, we strive to inform people instead of trying to form their beliefs. We also promote political action in support of justice, based on our understandings and beliefs..

We provide films, presentations, speakers and an opportunity for dialog at MLUC.  We are affiliated with the national UU group UUJME. Please contact if you want additional information. Suggestions are welcome.  We are always looking for interesting programs.


Past Events

 Friday, October 10, 7:00 p.m.

The Law in These Parts - Film and Discussionposter-english in the McGuinness Room

This documentary is an unprecedented exploration of the evolving and little-known legal framework that Israel has employed to administer its 40-year military occupation of the West Bank and, until 2005, the Gaza Strip. It won the Best Documentary award at the 2011 Jerusalem Film Festival and the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in Documentary at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Celebrated Israeli filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz elicits this story from the very military judges, prosecutors and legal advisors who helped create the system and who agreed to take the cinematic witness chair to explain their choices. These interviews combined with archival footage, create a comprehensive and evocative portrait of one of the world’s most stubborn and enduring conflicts.

The film asks some crucial questions that are often skirted: Can such an occupation be achieved within a legal framework that includes genuine adherence to the principles of rule-of-law? What are the costs that a society engaged in such a long term exercise must bear? Can a modern democracy impose a prolonged military occupation on another people while retaining its core democratic values? The Law in These Parts reveals not only the legal architecture of military occupation, but also its human impact on both Palestinians and Israelis.

 

watsonSunday, February 19, 12:30 p.m.

Waking Up to Shatter the Silence

All are invited to the McGinness Room for a video screening of Hanan Watson's award-winning sermon from the 2011 General Assembly in North Carolina. "Waking Up to Shatter the Silence" was the winning entry for the Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East’s (UUJME) contest, which had the theme "Why are UU congregations reluctant to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and how can they overcome this reluctance to help our faith community contribute more meaningfully to the cause of peace and justice for Israelis and Palestinians?"

Hanan Watson, of All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City, was chosen to present her moving sermon at GA 2011. Watson was born in Jerusalem to Palestinian Christian Arab parents and in 1948 became one of the 750,000 refugees from the newly established State of Israel. She earned Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the American University of Beirut. After moving to New York in 1966, she worked in the executive search field until retiring to devote herself to volunteer work.

 

Thursday, March 1
morningsinjeninMornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
Potluck Dinner in the Fireside Room at 6:00 p.m. followed by an author presentation at 7:00.

Each year the MLUC Social Action Leadership Council recommends a book that corresponds with a social justice issue of interest and relevance to the entire congregation. The choice for 2012 is Mornings in Jenin, a novel by Susan Abulhawa.  On Thursday, March 1, the author will join us for a potluck dinner with book discussion to follow.  All are welcome to attend. Copies of the book are available for purchase in the MLUC book cabinet.

This novel is the story of four generations of a Palestinian family exiled from their village and their struggles during the over 60 years of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The story takes us from the Jenin refugee camp to Jerusalem, to Lebanon and to the anonymity of America.  The human voices of this riveting story encourage us to take another look at one of the defining political conflicts of our lifetime.

Susan Abulhawa was born to refugees of the Six-Day War and moved to the United States as a teenager. She is a resident of Philadelphia and founded Playgrounds for Palestine, an NGO that builds playgrounds for Palestinian children in refugee camps and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

 

Recent Film Screenings

Budrus
An award-winning feature documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer

Amreeka
Journey into the lives of Palestinian immigrants

Beyond Belief
The story of two pregnant 9/11 widows

Sentenced Home
Cambodian refugees growing up in America

Very Young Girls
The tragedy of human trafficking

 


Resources

For more information about these issues, visit:

Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East

Two Peoples One Future

Jewish Voice for Peace

Foundation for Middle East Peace 

American Muslims for Palestine

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January 20: Jubilee
Rev. Dr. Neal R. Jones
Music: MLUC Choir
In the Bible, every 50th year was a year of Jubilee, a time to "proclaim liberty throughout all the land" by releasing the enslaved, forgiving debts, and returning property to the original owners. Jubilee has been adopted as the name of our annual UU anti-racism workshop. On this Martin Luther King Sunday, we will hear how various members have been transformed by their participation in Jubilee.

January 27: Ten Tips for Being Miserable
Rev. Dr. Neal R. Jones
Music: Rebecca Burns, soprano
Rev. Neal will even give you some exercises to try at home.

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The Greater Philly UU Cluster Jubilee: Learning Together About Systemic Racism
Friday, March 8 - Sunday, March 10

Are you ready to take a leading role to nurture your congregation's multicultural future in the face of opposing cultural currents? Do you wish to deepen your understanding of how race and ethnicity play out in our institutions and our daily lives?

The Jubilee Workshop helps participants to understand what is involved in fostering a multicultural community and working against racism in all of its forms. The training includes presentations, discussions, videos, exercises, small group work, worship services, and shared meals.

This workshop is open to members of any UU congregation. Church leaders are especially encouraged to attend.

Workshop Schedule:
Friday, March 8 - 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 9 - 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 - 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (with a break for worship service)

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Families,

 

This year, consider making the MLUC All-Church Potluck on 2nd Saturdays one of your family meals.

 

Since 2003, Columbia University National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) has found connections between the health of family relationships and the frequency of family meals. Teens whose families had mealtimes together reported they are more likely to seek parental support & confide in either or both parents. Teens who dined more frequently with their family reported less stress than teens who had two or less weekly family meals. Teens who dined 5-7 times per week were twice as likely to receive ‘A’s in school and less likely to use tobacco, marijuana, and alcohol (CASA 2003-2012).

 

Lets make family mealtime a regular practice at MLUC.

 

RSVP and let us know what you'll bring on January 12.

What's Happening is the monthly church newsletter. Members and friends receive a PDF copy via email. To sign up, email Administrative Assistant, Mary Heil. You can also find a copy posted here in the news section of the website each month. 

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Support for the Worthy Now Prison Ministry

The Holidays can be particularly difficult for those who are in prison. The Racial Justice Committee needs your help in supporting the Church of the Larger Fellowship* (CLF) and the Worthy Now Prison Ministry Network to spread holiday cheer by sending cards to the nearly 900 CLF members who are incarcerated across 42 states. 

 

How You Can Help
Bring unaddressed Holiday Cards and/or stamps to the Church beginning Sunday, October 21 through November 18. Drop off cards in the decorated Holiday Box on Sundays or place in the box in the downstairs donation closet during the week.

 

·         Cards must have plain white envelopes with no decoration.

·         Cards and envelopes should not have glitter or be embossed.

·         Cards should have a short message, such as “We have not forgotten you.” or “Thinking of you this holiday season.” 

·         Use a black pen.

·         Sign your first name but not your last. Do not include your address.

·         Cards must have plain white envelopes with no decoration.

 

Children will help with this effort on November 4, designated as a Faith in Action Sunday, as they stamp cards and write greetings during their Sunday Morning classes.

 

We will forward cards to the CLF staff and volunteers who will address cards in December.

 

*CLF is a UU congregation without walls, connecting people all over the world for spiritual growth, worship, learning, and mutual support. Its Prison Ministry supports the belief that all people are worthy of love, respect, and support — not at some future time when we are better people — but as we are right now.  https://worthynow.org/

Support for the Worthy Now Prison Ministry

The Holidays can be particularly difficult for those who are in prison. The Racial Justice Committee needs your help in supporting the Church of the Larger Fellowship* (CLF) and the Worthy Now Prison Ministry Network to spread holiday cheer by sending cards to the nearly 900 CLF members who are incarcerated across 42 states. 

How You Can Help
Bring unaddressed Holiday Cards and/or stamps to the Church beginning Sunday, October 21 through November 18. Drop off cards in the decorated Holiday Box on Sundays or place in the box in the downstairs donation closet during the week.

 

·         Cards must have plain white envelopes with no decoration.

·         Cards and envelopes should not have glitter or be embossed.

·         Cards should have a short message, such as “We have not forgotten you.” or “Thinking of you this holiday season.” 

·         Use a black pen.

·         Sign your first name but not your last. Do not include your address.

·         Cards must have plain white envelopes with no decoration.

 

Children will help with this effort on November 4, designated as a Faith in Action Sunday, as they stamp cards and write greetings during their Sunday Morning classes.

 

We will forward cards to the CLF staff and volunteers who will address cards in December.

 

*CLF is a UU congregation without walls, connecting people all over the world for spiritual growth, worship, learning, and mutual support. Its Prison Ministry supports the belief that all people are worthy of love, respect, and support — not at some future time when we are better people — but as we are right now.  https://worthynow.org/

Looking Back with Gratitude, Looking Forward with Hope

Let's get together for an evening of fine fellowship, fabulous food, and fantastic fun with a potluck dinner and an MLUC variety show! All ages are welcome; childcare is available upon request. Guests may bring wine, beer or non-alcoholic drinks to share (drop off at the bar) during cocktail hour; lemonade and soft drinks will be available.

 

Please sign up to bring a favorite dish! You may also sign up in the Atrium on October 14.

Questions? Contact Sally-Ann Fritzson (; 610-640-1797).

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On September 4, John Ricciutti of Radnor Studio 21's Religious Matters interviewed MLUC's own Rev. Jones. They delve into topics like religion, the nature of Unitarian Universalist churches, Rev. Jones' role as a pastor, famous UUs, and more. Click to watch the 20-minute interview.

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Conscious Aging
Facilitated by Eileen Casaccio, PsyD
Conscious Aging is an emotional wellness program designed to offer seniors hope and meaning to better cope with the stresses of aging, and to harvest the opportunities of aging to grow in wisdom, depth, and creativity. This is a research-based, time-tested 8-week workshop with a conversational café style where everyone can speak. Topics include forgiveness, self-compassion, surrender, life review, and creating new visions for aging from one’s own subjective experiences.

Each participant will purchase the $15 workbook provided at the first class. You MUST register in advance to ensure there are enough workbooks for all participants!

The class will be held in the Fireside Room from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, beginning October 17 and ending December 12. We'll skip the second Wednesday of each month so as not to interfere with the Lecture Luncheons.

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Faith Development 2018-2019

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Registration is now open for children and youth faith development beginning in September! If you have kids who will participate in our Sunday morning or evening religious education program, please fill out the form ASAP: Register