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The President's Perspective -- July 2014

Here is an update on the board's work this past July.

Since the beginning of this fiscal year, the following decisions have been made and events scheduled:

  • Governing Board meetings have moved to the 3rd Wednesday of the month, starting on August 20.  As always, all members are invited to come and talk at the beginning of the meeting, and to stay throughout to hear the work of the Board. [Click "Read more..." to continue.]
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The President's Perspective -- June 2014

At our Annual Meeting earlier this month, I shared the “State of the Congregation” with the intention of informing the whole congregation of how this past year has gone and what we have to look forward to in the coming year.  I am including the majority of it here, in case you missed it or wanted to “hear” it again.  Some of the information has been updated. [Click "Read more..." to continue.]

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The President's Perspective -- April 2014

Our goal for this congregation is to be a strong, vital, and growing congregation. We want our members to be actively involved, engaged, and interconnected, and have made some changes to our membership policies this year to emphasize this. We are currently 178 members strong, and are looking at how to deepen the experience for each of us. [Click "Read More" to continue.]

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The President's Perspective -- May 2014

Congregational Future Planning
For the past several months, the Governing Board has been looking towards the future and trying to figure out what we will be doing next year and for the next few years. Many things in our Fellowship are going well that bring life to our congregation. We have several successful and well-managed programs, we have consistently high quality worship, and we have been working well towards being welcoming each Sunday. [Click "Read more..." to continue.]

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Rev. David Etherington -- A Letter from Palestine

Greetings from the South Hebron Hills of Palestine.  Now well into my first year of ministry since this congregation so lovingly ordained me, altI wish to share with you a view into my work.   As a  UU Community Minister reaching out into the larger world, my work these days is with the World Council of Churches (WCC) as an Ecumenical  Accompanier. 

I am with a team of three other internationals living in the town of Yatta , and our hope is that in some small way this work will  contribute to an end of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.  Our work through WCC  is to further advocate for  a peaceful resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in accordance with international law and UN resolutions. We witness life under occupation, engage with local Palestinians and Israelis pursuing a just peace, and seek to change the international community's involvement in the conflict, urging them to act against injustice in the region.

The current situation in Israel and Palestine is harmful to both Palestinians and Israelis. Only through resisting injustice and ensuring equal rights for all, can there be  true peace.  In this work, my team and I stand faithfully with the poor, the oppressed, and the marginalized in a effort to  serve all parties in this conflict in a fair and unbiased manner .  We walk side by side with local Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers, live directly with the local community, and work with local and international organizations in an effort to raise a consolidated and unified  voice against injustice.

A key component to this  work is  providing a Protective Presence through our accompaniment  with Palestinians as they try to carry out their daily lives without interference from the Israeli Military or the Israeli Settlers.  This word, "Accompaniment" is derived from the Latin words "com" and "panis," meaning "with bread," accompaniment literally means "sharing bread with someone."  In our accompaniment, we witness life under occupation, live strongly connected to the local community and share together the basics of life, which offers us the opportunity to listen to and experience others' struggles.  Truly understanding these struggles gives us a stronger voice against injustice and the motivation to advocate for change.  This work also has us monitoring and reporting  violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, bringing the world's attention to such injustices.

Here in Palestine, the light of hope is kept shining  through our public witness and presence on the ground and through our constant commitment to advocating for a just peace. This work for me is a continual reminder that no one has to go it alone.

My continued hope and blessings I offer to each of you in this congregation.

David

 
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