Seeking justice, equality and dignity for the people in Israel and Palestine.
Our primary focus is to provide information to members and friends of the congregation about the ongoing need for justice, equality and dignity for the people in Israel and Palestine. We realize that many people have strong feelings about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. We understand that for some, even entering into conversation about this growing crisis will feel challenging, while for others, this conversation has been a long time in coming. We know there are no easy solutions to the conflict and we understand history enough to know that a number of decisions by those in various positions of leadership, including in the government of the United States, played a role in creating the current crisis. This is quite apparent, for example, with the dire human rights situation in Gaza. Our Unitarian Universalist principles and values call us into this work, starting with awareness and education, and eventually seeking peaceful actions urging positive change. We strongly support the right of both Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace, freedom, security and dignity. We want our country to play a positive peacemaking role and help ensure that human rights abuses cease for the benefit of all living in the region.
We practice deep listening with one another and with our community and faith partners, with whom we work to recognize and counter all forms of racism, including anti-Muslim, anti-Arab and anti-Jewish bigotry. We believe the Palestine-Israel Justice group furthers our congregation’s justice work within our church and in the larger San Diego region. We acknowledge that we are not alone in this work. We plan to work closely with other Unitarian Universalist social justice organizations, as well as other faith and social justice allies. We look forward to engaging with you on this journey.