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Mark your calendars: February 1st at Yale

No Child Behind Bars:
Living Resistance from the US to Palestine
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Wed., February 1st
7:00 pm

Yale University
Sudler Hall
in William L.
Harkness Hall
on Cross Campus
New Haven, CT

A U.S. Tour Featuring
Ahed Tamimi, Amanda Weatherspoon, and Nadya Tannous

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Syria: We Want Action – NEW DATE – Sunday, January 15th in Old Lyme

Photo by Johnathon Henninger

A group of Syrian-American women in CT are spearheading efforts for Syria. They are not giving up despite horrendous casualties and war crimes. They met with Senator Blumenthal’s staff in an effort to get airdrops to the million under siege. In mid-December some 60 Syrians and Egyptians and others marched from CT’s Capitol building to the Federal building demanding justice for Syria.

On Sunday, January 15 at 2 p.m. there will be a public meeting about Syria called “Syria: We Want Action” at the Sheffield Auditorium in the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme (For GPS use 2 Lyme St., Old Lyme). The event is free and open to the public.

The main speakers are Yasser Munif, a Syrian professor of sociology who teaches at Emerson college in Boston (recent interview “Answering Lies About Syrian Revolutionaries”), and Dr. Ammar Traboulsi, a Syrian-American CT psychiatrist who is just back from treating Syrian trauma victims in Jordan. There will also be some music from singer Dylan Connor (listen to his track, “Blood Like Fire”).

The main emphasis of the event will be on trying to think of concrete things to help the Syrians in Syria and Syrian refugees. There’s a big campaign in the UK to get airdrops of food to those under siege. Some 138,000 have signed a petition in favor of it and reportedly a majority of the Parliament is for it, but not at this time the leadership of the parties. We in the U.S. are far behind. The Left campaigned against U.S. bombing of the regime in 2013, but has generally dropped the ball since. Under a misguided idea that only the U.S. and its clients can be imperialists, most of the Left has turned a blind idea to terrible human rights abuses by Russia and Iran. As Trump and Israel again stir up the pot of war against Iran, a just settlement in Syria would help pull the rug from under their plans.

Photo thanks to Johnathon Henninger

 

The Wheels Get Rolling

Steven Jungkeit reports and reflects on this past October’s Wheels of Justice journey through the American South. The article appears in The Link, a publication from Americans for Middle East Understanding (AMEU). AMEU strives to create in the United States a deeper appreciation of the culture, history and current events in the Middle East through publicizing and amplifying the efforts of other organizations working toward similar ends.  http://www.ameu.org 
Download a PDF of the article here, or read it online…

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Steven Jungkeit, Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

 

In his literary study “Beginnings,” the late Edward Said cautions against trusting origin stories.  He casts doubt on the possibility of achieving a beginning, for any beginning, whether that of a novel or an idea, is always a fictitious proposition.  We never begin, really, but only continue, following a story that is already underway.  Every story, every idea, every institution, is merely a continuation of what already exists.  And yet stories do begin.  Journeys are set in motion, even if it is impossible to affix a clear origin of that story, of that journey.
 
So it is with the Wheels of Justice, a journey that took nearly thirty people through the American South this past October.  It’s a journey that began in Old Lyme, Connecticut, one that passed through 12 states, while covering over 3,000 miles.  It’s a journey that ended ten days later.  

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Sunday December 4th – “No Way to Treat a Child”

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On Sunday December 4th, Steve Jungkeit will share the pulpit at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme with Beth Miller from Defense for Children International (DCI). This will help support a national UCC resolution in line with DCI’s “No Way to Treat a Child”. Join us at the 9:00 or 11:00 service to hear more.

March 2017 Interfaith Journey

The Wisdom of Jesus, Mohammed
and The Prophets of Israel
(Peace be upon them)

March 8 to March 18, 2017

Extension to Bosnia, March 18 to March 22

This Interfaith Journey, sponsored by The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme and the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford, will take us to the Holy Land to meet with a variety of voices of conscience who yearn for a better future for all of God’s children. We hope to visit sites associated with Jesus, Mohammed and the prophets of Israel to learn from them and how their wisdom is relevant in the struggle for peace and human dignity today. Read more here >>

Welcome the travelers home!

Wheels of Justice Festival

Sunday, October 30th
2:00 – 7:00 pm

The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
Ferry Road and Lyme Street
| Old Lyme, Connecticut

Admission: $20
Students and under age 21 free
Tickets available at door only

Open to the public, all welcome!

October 30th will be our opportunity to welcome the Wheels of Justice travelers back home and an opportunity to stand in solidarity with the Lakota on Standing Rock who are protecting their sacred land against the pipeline, the latest version of Manifest Destiny, with African Americans who continue to suffer from violence and discrimination in our criminal justice system, and with Palestinians as they yearn for basic human rights.
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New TOL Journey…

Wheels of Justice


Wheels of Justice
is a ten-day sojourn through the American South, inspired by the Freedom Riders of 1961. As various struggles for human and civil rights have erupted across the globe in the past several years, it has become increasingly clear that each of these struggles is inextricably linked – by common challenges and by shared tactics of resistance. This journey is designed for those who believe that another world is possible, for those who wish to have their spirits and consciences quickened, for those with religion and without it, for those who wish to connect things up. It is a journey for those who wish to listen, to witness, and to act against the ongoing legacy of colonialism and its varied aftershocks.

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August Forum | Old Lyme

 

The Statue of Liberty:
Reflections on Fear Mongering
and Our Responsibilities
as Citizens of Conscience


A Public Forum
With Lowell P. Weicker and Reza Mansoor

Sunday, August 21 – 4:00pm

The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
Corner of Lyme Street and Ferry Road
Old Lyme, Connecticut

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August Presentation | Cape Cod

 

Understanding the Fundamental Roots of Suffering and Conflict

 

A Presentation by Richard Forer, Author of
Breakthrough: Transforming Fear Into Compassion

Wednesday, August 24 – 7 pm (doors open @6:30 pm)

First Parish Brewster

1969 Main Street, Brewster, MA

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Smile – it’s the Upper West Side

Please read this outstanding article in Mondoweiss by Rebecca Fadil, our friend and Tree of Life volunteer who has recently returned from Gaza. Thank you Rebecca!

June 22, 2016

upper-west-sideI just returned from Gaza a couple weeks ago.  I can’t begin to describe the kind of devastation the Palestinians face there every day.  What shocked me the most was the profound feeling of their being treated like disposable humanity, in a cage, to live or die or grow ill from the lack of basic medical supplies, clean water, sewage treatment, electricity or simply a roof over their head.  The basics- all things we take for granted.  “Smile- it’s Gaza” they kept telling me.  All I could do was weep.

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