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

DCI Military Detention
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.

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.

Read more here >>

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


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.



New Executive Director for
Tree of Life Educational Fund


Mary Tomassetti

Tree of Life Education Fund is pleased to announce Mary Tomassetti as its new executive director. Mary has served as an event coordinator for TOLEF for the past year. She begins her new position immediately.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Tree of Life Education Fund, I am delighted to welcome Mary Tomassetti as the new executive director,” said Board Chair Rev. David Good. “Her experience and demonstrated leadership coordinating events and programming will help TOLEF move forward in its mission to provide cross-cultural and transnational travel experiences, interfaith conferences and educational opportunities to help participants to become more enlightened and more engaged in making this a more just and peaceful world in which to live.” Read more »

Discussion: The Rising Cost of Occupation

Sunday, May 1 at The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

With each passing year it becomes increasingly clear: the status quo is not sustainable. Palestinian children cannot continue to pay the highest cost for Israel’s military occupation. A conversation was held  examining Israel’s increasing use of lethal force against Palestinians, including children, and the situation of Palestinian prisoners. Palestinian civil society leaders with extensive experience representing Palestinian detainees in Israeli military courts discussed how the Israeli government uses military law to legitimize control over an occupied Palestinian population and targets Palestinian youth for arrest. 

A huge thanks to Beth Miller and Khaled Quzmar of Defense for Children International, and Sahar Francis of Addameer  Prisoner Support and Human Rights Assn for an incredibly informative (and disturbing) presentation on the deplorable treatment of children in Israeli detention centers and prisons.
Learn more about their No Way To Treat A Child Campaign here.

Many thanks to the Students for a Just Palestine visitors, for your passion and commitment, and for taking time out of exams to join us – Uconn, Trinity College, CCSU and Yale were all represented.

January 2016 Tree of Life Journey

A Three-Fold Cord is Not Easily Broken:

January 9-19, 2016

Learn about our journey…