As we announced in Worship on Sunday, there are some opportunities to become better informed of what is happening in Palestine/Israel. On Wednesday November 15 there is a webinar via zoom. Details are below. Pre-registration is required. Click “Read More”  for the registration link if you are viewing from a mobile browser. 
A CONVERSATION WITH PHILIP FARAH Israel’s Genocidal Assault on Gaza: An American Palestinian Perspective Wednesday, November 152:00 pm ET Register HERE
Philip Farah is a Palestinian Christian born and raised in East Jerusalem, with family roots in Gaza. In the US since age 27, he has lived, studied, and worked in several countries in the Middle East. He is recently retired as an economist in Washington, DC. Philip is a founding member of the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace and the Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace. He also recently served on the UCC PIN steering committee.
Black Lives Matter, Palestinian Lives Matter
Wednesday, November 29, 2:00 pm ET
Register HERE
Graylan Hagler is a prophetic voice for the oppressed, from Black, Latinx, and other marginalized US communities experiencing racism in the U.S. to Palestinians living under Israel’s brutal apartheid system. He is founder and director of Faith Strategies LLC, which engages in political ministry. Graylan served as Senior Minister of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, Washington, D.C., for 20 years. Presently, he is co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, Washington DC; co-chair, Black Homeownership Strike Task Force, and very active in the Palestine solidarity movement.


The town of Bethlehem does not “stilly . . .lie” certainly not today, not for the more than 50 years of Israel’s occupation, nor in the time of Jesus. Kelley Nikondeha’s book The First Advent in Palestine introduces readers of Matthew and Luke’s advent narratives to the Palestine of Jesus’ day, a context of resistance, abusive rulers, and an oppressive empire. The resonance with today’s reality of oppression and occupation makes this book study particularly timely and necessary.
Leaders for the study and conversation are the Rev. Loren McGrail, interim pastor, Holmdel Community United Church of Christ and former Global Ministries mission co-worker in Israel and Palestine, and the Rev. Gail Doering, transitional executive leader, Presbytery of Southern Kansas PCUSA.
The study will be on Zoom, for five successive Wednesday evenings, 7:30 – 9 pm, ET, beginning November 29.
To register, email Holmdel Community UCC at Once registered, you will receive the Zoom link.


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