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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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August 19: Religious Freedom
Rev. Andrew Weber
Music: Keith Herron, trumpet
Rev. Andrew recently returned from a two-week walking pilgrimage through Transylvania, the heartland of our free faith. Let us remind ourselves of those who came before us to ensure our right to worship and believe as we determine true. And let us be in solidarity with those who continue to labor for their right to openly and safely practice their faith as they choose.

August 26: Something There Is That Doesn’t Love a Wall
John Smith
Music: Schrödinger’s Cats
Walls come in many flavors. They are protectors, imprisoners, carriers, and barriers. Throughout history, we have built them in physical space – and in our hearts too. Do we have the courage to look at what we have wrought?

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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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In February, MLUC hosted its first HELLO event. On Wednesday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m., we will again play HELLO - a conversational game about living and dying well. This interactive game helps participants clarify and articulate the values behind their healthcare decisions. Our Parish Nurse, Jan Cauffman is a trained HELLO facilitator and will host this event. Mark your calendar and join other MLUC members in breaking the ice on this delicate topic. Email to sign up.


Learn how to play the game here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2SRn8WjDCg.33989909176 f920d41bca z 600x

Come Meet Isis, Lilith, Kuan Yin, Spider Woman... And Many More!   quanyin
Rise Up and Call Her Name, the UU Women & Religion course offering a fascinating journey into the sacred feminine around the world and throughout time, will be offered this coming church year.  

Rise Up travels through Africa, Asia, and the Americas to meet goddesses and explore their earth-based traditions. The curriculum includes both artistic and intellectual tools to help women develop fresh perspectives and deeper spirituality, inspired by their diverse foremothers. Each session features a variety of activities such as storytelling, ritual, hands-on crafts, personal sharing, music, dance, and chants.  

The course will meet monthly, beginning Wednesday, September 19, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Interested participants may register here. Questions may be directed to Nuala Carpenter or Eileen Andrews. Blessed Be!

 

 

 

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RUNNING FOR Committee On Ministerial Health – Trish Brandon
Trish joined MLUC in 2016 when she moved to the area with her husband. Being an active and passionate UU for 27 years made proximity to a UU church a priority in deciding where to live. Trish has been involved in church life at MLUC in various ways. She participated in the Church Summit, a Small Group Ministry, promoted the book “Toxic Charity,” led a discussion group on it, and helped develop Guidelines for Service for MLUC outreach. She initiated several potlucks and volunteered in some church events and programs.

Trish loves children. She taught elementary school before taking time off to be with her own children and then became the DRE at the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg for 15 years. As DRE, she took advantage of training and educational opportunities for DRE professional development, including leadership development, development of Covenant of Right Relations, policy governance, anti-racism, as well as those related to children and youth. She was also active in social justice initiatives.

Trish’s biggest pride and joy is her growing family, which in addition to her husband, includes three wonderful sons, a daughter-in-law and one soon to be daughter-in-law, as well as 73 others including her mother, siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She also has an energetic 2 year-old German Shepherd who makes sure she goes for lots of walks.

RUNNING FOR BOARD – Carolyn Jaegerc2
In 1976 Carolyn and her husband Wolfgang walked into a Unitarian church in Wayland, MA. “It wasn’t long before we knew we had found our spiritual home. Unitarian Universalism with its focus on compassion and justice is one of the most important life-shaping experiences we share,” she notes. After moving to Pennsylvania, they became members of MLUC after sampling other UU churches in the area. “We love being part of MLUC’s diverse community, which continues to have a powerful impact on our values, our personal growth, and the quality of our lives.” 

Both are active MLUC volunteers. Carolyn currently chairs the Legacy & Endowment Committee, which led the 2017 effort to establish the MLUC Legacy Circle in order to encourage bequests to our congregation. Carolyn is recently retired from a position in planned giving. The Legacy & Endowment Committee has afforded the opportunity to use her professional experience to serve an organization that means a lot to her. She’s also a member of the Finance Committee, a substitute teacher in the Pre-K RE class, and part of the team charged with planting and maintaining the landscape at MLUC, and a veteran Green Striper.

RUNNING FOR BOARD – Craig Farrc1
Craig has been a member of the Main Line Unitarian Church since 1991 after moving with his wife, Linda, and son, Wil, from St. Louis, where they were active in an historic UU congregation. An intern minister in St. Louis had provided the demographics for six UU congregations in the Philadelphia area and they chose MLUC primarily because of the church school program for Wil.

Getting settled at MLUC Craig began by volunteering for and participating in the RE programs as a Sunday School teacher and as a member of the Adult Education committee. He was also a youth advisor and a member of the Youth committee which he ultimately chaired. In Philadelphia he was fortunate to have the opportunity to create, from scratch, a 20+ person department of toxicologists and product regulatory specialists dealing with regulations from EPA, FDA and OSHA, for the largest French chemical company. Throughout his career, Craig had the opportunity to extensively travel throughout Europe and had many trips to Asia. 

Currently at MLUC Craig has developed a passion for social action. He is the MLUC representative for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and is active in Racial Justice and Good Government issues.

RUNNING FOR NOMINATING COMMITTEE – Bruce Pappas c3
Bruce has been an active MLUC member since 1991: teaching church school classes: Coming of Age, Our Neighboring Faiths, and OWL; he chaired the Adult Religious Education committee for several years, and organized justice work in New Orleans for church members in 2005. Bruce was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2013 and served as the church’s interim administrative director in 2016. He currently participates in Small Group Ministry and the Men’s Support Group. Bruce has one son, Ben, who is 29. Bruce met and married his wife Jenny Campbell at MLUC in 2012. After 30 years working as a computer systems analyst, Bruce went back to school and in 2009 received his master’s degree in social work.

RUNNING FOR NOMINATING COMMITTEE – Carol Snyder 
I joined MLUC in Oct 1970. I have had many church responsibilities throughout these many years. Chaired many committees, art show, Sunday Services, Fund Drive, etc. I was Church President in 1979, my name was then Carol Agnew. Subsequently, I served on the Treasurer Committee and more recently the Personnel Committee for many years. 

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I joined the church because I thought my children needed a religious identity. Well, the church has become a "positive force" in my life. My community, as I call MLUC, has helped me develop my talents and has given me a chance to "try myself" in all sorts of ways. My participation has enabled me to stretch the limits of my abilities, and I have developed many caring and wonderful friends.

I was married for 17 years, single for 17 years, and now happily married to Harvey for the last 24 years. My children are happy adults. My daughter works for an NGO, PIRG (Public Interest Research Group), in Boston, Mass. My son has a business in Los Angeles, CA, and he and his wife have given me my only grandchild, Wesley, who is 9 years old.

After my divorce, I became an insurance agent, earning my CLU and CHFC. This career continued until 1992 when I joined Marshall Levine's new company, Alpha Scientific. I retired in 2009 after my grandson was born.

RUNNING FOR BOARD – Jess Michael c4
In 2013, Jess moved from Washington DC, where she had been teaching 5th and 8th Grade OWL for 4 years at UUCA (Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington). She came to Main Line Unitarian Church looking to continue teaching and jumped into the 8th Grade OWL team immediately. Jess became a full member of the church in 2014. Since then, Jess has continued to teach 8th Grade OWL each year. She participated in the Church Summit weekend and Action Groups in 2016. She is currently in a Small Group and spoke at a service last year about her experiences with SGM. In addition, Jess joined the Membership Committee, coordinating staffing for the Welcome Table and other committee projects.

Professionally, Jess spent most of her career working in Management Consulting, primarily in Product and Technology Delivery, working on all types of products, leading large and small teams. She moved to the Philly area to take a role at an eCommerce company as a Technology Delivery and Product Management executive, and has since done another stint in consulting, working locally on an AI based customer support tool. Jess also provides free tech support to family and friends.

Jess’ other interests include running, reading, visiting with her nieces and nephews (she has 10!), and being an avid Star Wars fan.

Exploring Practices: A Day of Mindfulness & Meditation
Saturday, May 5, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Pathway of Spiritual Maturity This spring MLUC is excited to host educator, Lelia Calder, who will lead a meditation retreat designed to explore a variety of mindfulness and meditation practices. The day will include traditional silent meditation, chanting, and movement for participants at all levels. $20 suggested donation/$10 lunch (optional) For information contact Nuala Carpenter

To register, print and return this form.

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Jubilee Anti-Racism Training 
Friday–Sunday, March 2–4 | Led by facilitators from the Central Eastern Region of the UUA

Do you wish to nurture our 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? Jubilee Anti-Racism Training helps participants understand what is involved in nurturing a multicultural community and working against racism in all of its forms.

Goals:

  • To develop a shared analysis of racism and its individual, institutional, and cultural manifestations
  • To begin to apply this common understanding to the history, culture, and institutional structure of our congregation, and to envision next steps

The training includes presentations, discussions, videos, exercises, small group work, worship services, and shared meals.

The workshop requires a weekend commitment, and it is worth every minute. The cost for this workshop  is $155 - assistance with this cost is available if desired (email ).

 

Register here by February 19.