PCUSA Commitment to Human Rights in Israel and Palestine

The 219th General Assembly (2010) included the following language on the isse of our commitment to human rights and search for peace in Israel and Palestine.
1. Express its enduring and heartfelt commitment to security, justice and lasting peace for the Israeli and Palestinian peoples. 2. Express its support for the U.S. government policy of carefully vetting the funds distributed to foreign countries in ways that ensure peaceful development and are consistent with international law, human rights protections, and U.S. foreign policy, namely:

a. the US Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 which prohibits giving assistance to the government of any country which engages in a consistent pattern of human rights violations;

b. the U.S. Arms Export Control Act of 1976 which prohibits using U.S. weapons against civilians and civilian infrastructure, and

c. the U.S. foreign policy insofar as it pertains to recommendations for steps toward peace, in this instance, between Israelis and Palestinians.

3. Call for the allocation of U.S. military aid funds to be contingent on compliance with the above-mentioned statutes and/or to the peace process.

Dinner with Friends – January 26

The next Dinner With Friends is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Saturday, January 26. This is an opportunity to spend a relaxed evening getting to know others in the congregation.

The host usually makes the main dish with guests supplying everything else. The work is shared by all! You will find a sign-up sheet on the Welcome Table, so please sign up.

On April 14 we will try a new idea, Dinner Out With Friends. Hosts will choose the restaurants. Might it be time to try the new Vegan restaurant? Or how about Pizza at one of New Haven’s famous restaurants? Chinese, Thai, Indian?… Continue

Interested in Joining a Book Group?

Join us for our first book group meeting on January 23!

Each month a passionate reader and church leader will join the group in discussion of a book that has been in some way deeply important, personally transformative, or just too much fun.

Every month, then, we will look at a book that is beloved and significant to someone we especially care about in our community. If you have questions or would just like to hear more about the group, see Dick Hasbany.

Steve Jungkeit has chosen our first book, Deep River, by Shusaku Endo, and here is his description:
In his final novel, Endo, a Japanese Catholic, constructs a narrative around several individuals, all of whom are coping with major life events: the death of a spouse, a long illness, a sense of meaninglessness, guilt concerning war time atrocities, a failed seminary education. 
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