Trip to Palestine/Israel January 2018

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January 2018

The Right of Return:
70 Years of Refugees in Palestine, Israel, and Beyond

Over the past several years, images of refugees fleeing war torn zones around the globe have galvanized people of faith and conscience, leading many to enact myriad forms of hospitality. That hospitality, and the new relationships that have emerged as a result, have been transformative for many communities. But one of the most persistent, and largely forgotten, refugee disasters in the twentieth century was enacted against Palestinians in 1948, when nearly 800,000 people were expelled from their homes. Many fled to Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan, while others were herded into camps within Palestine. 70 years later, those refugees continue to languish in camps, now numbering close to 6 million individuals. They have no legal or national status, and access to the basic resources needed to survive is severely limited. Moreover, the rest of the world has largely forgotten about the existence of this refugee population. In a time when the plight of refugees has again emerged as a moral concern, and on the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, the ongoing refugee crisis among Palestinians dramatizes the struggle for justice among refugees everywhere.

The Tree of Life journey in January 2018 will highlight the ongoing refugee crisis in Palestine and beyond by examining the tragic aftershocks of 1948. We’ll visit refugee camps in the West Bank, and we’ll visit communities threatened with erasure in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. But we’ll also explore other manifestations of the aftershock of settler colonialism in Palestine, visiting occupied Syria (the Golan Heights) and other sites throughout Palestine and Israel where those aftershocks are especially visible. Throughout, we’ll be hearing from voices of conscience speaking from various social locations (Israeli, Palestinian, Bedouin, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Druze), all of whom are committed to building a future inhabitable by all, and not only a privileged few. The journey is conceived as a way of reckoning with a painful legacy, even as we imagine a hopeful future.

A Tree of Life collaboration between the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford, and the Amistad Church of Hartford, the journey will be led by Rev. Dr. Steven Jungkeit (Senior Minister of FCCOL), Dr. Reza Mansoor (President of the IAGH), and Bishop John Selders (Senior Minister of Amistad UCC). It will be an opportunity for travelers to reflect on how Islam and Christianity both speak to the condition of refugees (Jesus and Mohammed were themselves both refugees). It will also be an opportunity to learn about and to experience places sacred to Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, while also learning from the wisdom and expertise of fellow travelers. In addition, there will be an optional extension to Jordan, where we’ll have an opportunity to witness the refugee situation in a different country, while also visiting historic sites such as Petra and the Wadi Rum. Travel dates are January 4-14 (Palestine and Israel only) or January 4-21 (with the Jordan extension).

Costs to be announced shortly.

Contact Mary Tomassetti, Tree of Life Executive Director for more details, at mary@tolef.org.

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An Open Letter from Rev. David Good

AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL FAITH COMMUNITIES In our recent travels to Israel, Palestine and then Bosnia, in Srebrenica, we remembered the genocide that took place 25 years ago in which over 10,000 Bosnian Muslims were slaughtered and dumped in mass graves, including a one- year old child. As we offered prayers – Muslim, Jewish…

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Trip to Palestine/Israel January 2018

tol-logo_300-loresTree of Life Journey
January 2018

The Right of Return:
70 Years of Refugees in Palestine, Israel, and Beyond

Over the past several years, images of refugees fleeing war torn zones around the globe have galvanized people of faith and conscience, leading many to enact myriad forms of hospitality. That hospitality, and the new relationships that have emerged as a result, have been transformative for many communities. But one of the most persistent, and largely forgotten, refugee disasters in the twentieth century was enacted against Palestinians in 1948, when nearly 800,000 people were expelled from their homes. Many fled to Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan, while others were herded into camps within Palestine. 70 years later, those refugees continue to languish in camps, now numbering close to 6 million individuals. They have no legal or national status, and access to the basic resources needed to survive is severely limited. Moreover, the rest of the world has largely forgotten about the existence of this refugee population. In a time when the plight of refugees has again emerged as a moral concern, and on the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, the ongoing refugee crisis among Palestinians dramatizes the struggle for justice among refugees everywhere.

The Tree of Life journey in January 2018 will highlight the ongoing refugee crisis in Palestine and beyond by examining the tragic aftershocks of 1948. We’ll visit refugee camps in the West Bank, and we’ll visit communities threatened with erasure in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. But we’ll also explore other manifestations of the aftershock of settler colonialism in Palestine, visiting occupied Syria (the Golan Heights) and other sites throughout Palestine and Israel where those aftershocks are especially visible. Throughout, we’ll be hearing from voices of conscience speaking from various social locations (Israeli, Palestinian, Bedouin, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Druze), all of whom are committed to building a future inhabitable by all, and not only a privileged few. The journey is conceived as a way of reckoning with a painful legacy, even as we imagine a hopeful future.

A Tree of Life collaboration between the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford, and the Amistad Church of Hartford, the journey will be led by Rev. Dr. Steven Jungkeit (Senior Minister of FCCOL), Dr. Reza Mansoor (President of the IAGH), and Bishop John Selders (Senior Minister of Amistad UCC). It will be an opportunity for travelers to reflect on how Islam and Christianity both speak to the condition of refugees (Jesus and Mohammed were themselves both refugees). It will also be an opportunity to learn about and to experience places sacred to Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, while also learning from the wisdom and expertise of fellow travelers. In addition, there will be an optional extension to Jordan, where we’ll have an opportunity to witness the refugee situation in a different country, while also visiting historic sites such as Petra and the Wadi Rum. Travel dates are January 4-14 (Palestine and Israel only) or January 4-21 (with the Jordan extension).

Costs to be announced shortly.

Contact Mary Tomassetti, Tree of Life Executive Director for more details, at mary@tolef.org.

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Easter 2017

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An Open Letter from Rev. David Good

AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL FAITH COMMUNITIES In our recent travels to Israel, Palestine and then Bosnia, in Srebrenica, we remembered the genocide that took place 25 years ago in which over 10,000 Bosnian Muslims were slaughtered and dumped in mass graves, including a one- year old child. As we offered prayers – Muslim, Jewish…

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Amistad/Maafa Sunday, March 5, 2017

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No Worship Service – January 8th, 2017

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Blessings at Year’s End-Howard Thurman

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Holiday Gathering – Sunday December 18 2016

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