Dear First United members and friends,

Rather than share my own musings this Monday (they will hold well for the start of January and the new year!), I share with you an invitation from the Indiana-Kentucky Conference UCC (IKC) to gather with other local church leaders, lay and clergy, committed to justice and peace and engage in conversation to respond strategically to the current situation in Israel and Palestine.

You are encouraged to gather in at the Indiana-Kentucky Conference office on Tuesday, December 12th from 11am-2pm, as the IKC lives out our commitment to find ways to respond to the crisis in the Middle East. Those gathering will meet in Krannert Hall at the Indiana Interchurch Center (where the IKC offices are located).

Dr. Michael Spath, Founder and Executive Director of the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace and a member at Plymouth UCC in Ft. Wayne, will begin the gathering by making a small presentation. Dr. Spath holds a PhD in Historical Theology, with an emphasis in Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in New Testament.

The large remainder of the time will be dedicated to dialoguing about what it will take to design a Palestine Israel Network in the IKC with specific purpose towards a strategy and response as a Just Peace Conference to what is happening in the Middle East at the moment.

Click here to register so that the conversation organizers will know how much food to have prepared.

Thank you for your commitment to live out the hope, peace, joy, and love of the Advent season in collaboration with our wider UCC family to co-create a better, more just world that is possible.



Senior Minister

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