Members of the Church have joined with UUs from Boston area UU congregations to form the Massachusett Chapter of Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East, UUJME-MA. UUJME is a national “affiliated organization” of the UUA. The local branch of that group has been gathering for the last few years and has adopted the following mission statement.
“We are committed to the covenant of our faith, which speaks to the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice equity and compassion in human relations, and the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
With these UU principles in mind, it is our mission through education and dialogue to raise the consciousness of the UU community in Massachusetts, so that we can contribute to a just resolution of the Israel/Palestine situation.”
In keeping with that mission, the members of our Social Action Committee, including those who are members of UUJME MA, are hoping to continue the effort to provide information to our congregation and others in the region about the Palestinian experience of the Middle East conflict and the role played by the United States in the conflict. We are working for a long term just and peaceful solution for all the people in Israel/Palestine.
We organized and ran a study group in 2014-15 using curricula published by UUJME and the Presbyterian Church USA, which has taken leadership role in advocacy in this arena. We also periodically attend speaker meetings or protests organized by other UU Congregations and like-minded organizations. Members also provide sermons and arrange local speaking events.
We periodically sell Olive Oil produced by West Bank farmers and made available thru Equal Exchange.