STOKING THE FIRES OF JUSTICE

ucc justice revival header smJustice & Witness Ministries with the Central Pacific & Pacific Northwest UCC Conferences invite you to a time of inspiring worship, preaching, and training to fan the flames of justice in the Northwest. We seek hearts aglow with the fire of the Holy Spirit! We come together to pray and proclaim, to sing and rejoice, to receive an abundance of grace in our lives, our ministries and our churches. Like the disciples after Pentecost, we gather to be re-inspired to be Christ’s Church in the world.

First Congregational United Church of Christ, Vancouver, WA
1220 NE 68th St., Vancouver, WA
Saturday, November 8, 2014 — 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

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WHERE DID IT ALL BEGIN?

By John Hickox, Dufur, OR
Palestine land lossThis is not an easy subject but it is one that must be discussed.

The most recent episode of Israel’s bi-annual atrocities in Gaza has faded from the news. How can that be? An estimated 2106 citizens of Gaza were killed! Israel admits that “as many as 72% were civilians.” That means that 1516 non-Hamas men, women, children and babies were killed by rockets and bombs launched from American made Apache helicopters and F-16 jets.

Here are some important things to remember about this whole sordid affair:

1. It did not begin with three teen-age settlers being killed by Palestinians. It did not begin with a Palestinian teenager being burned alive by Israeli forces. It did not begin with the 6 day war in 1967 or any of the other events that may come to mind. It began with the brutal ethnic cleansing of hundreds of Palestinian villages by radical Zionists in 1949. So whenever you hear about a recent attack on Palestinians by Israel that “Israel is merely responding” to some Palestinian action or other, remember that it’s the other way around. Since the beginning, on May 1, 1949, the original unacceptable action was Israel’s killing and forced eviction of a majority of the Palestinian people.

PEACE VILLAGE

By Charles Busch, Congregational Church of Lincoln City, Lincoln City, OR
peace village 2Peace Village is an education program for teaching peace and nonviolence. Its roots are in the Central Pacific Conference UCC.

The first Peace Village was held 19 years ago at the Lincoln City Congregational UCC. It was created in response to a bullying incident at the local high school. “We decided,” said founder Rev. Charles Busch, “we needed to teach our children how to handle conflicts using peaceful means.”

The 5-day summer camp curriculum, titled Making a Village, has developed over the years. Today it features four core courses: Seeking Peace Within, Nonviolent Conflict Resolution, Media Literacy and Walk About (ecology). Students also create art, hike, and learn about peace heroes (e.g., Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Heschel, Badshaw Khan). From the beginning, the program has been interfaith. Students in Lincoln City sit at the feet of Native American Shaman Hasa Brown, Buddhist Dharma teacher Jerry Braza, and Rabbis, Imams and Christian ministers.

This experiment in peace education has grown and spread. This summer, more than a thousand students will attend the 22 Peace Villages in 10 states.