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ICUJP Friday Forum
December 22nd, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific 

Speaking Up for Peace with Justice In the Face of Trauma and Polarization

Event Description: After a three week fact-finding trip to Palestine/Israel this summer, Steve Chase came back to the US feeling a responsibility to speak out about his experience and work with other to build a growing coalition for peace, justice, equality, and self-determination for all those living between the "Jordan River and the Mediterranean sea." In the aftermath of October 7's deadly war crimes committed by Hamas against civilians in southern Israel and the US/Israeli governments' massive war crimes against the 2.3 million Palestinians living in Gaza that still continue, he's had speaking engagements canceled and been shouted at by people who support knee jerk and counterproductive mass murder responses to the dangers represented by Hamas.

Chase urges listening to people's pain and trauma, but not giving up our responsibility to speak up, spark rational dialogue and debate, and organize for a third way that has a chance to increase the safety, equality, and justice for everyone in Israel/Palestine. People of faith can contribute to this work by looking to the best ethical and strategic wisdom in their spiritual traditions.

Join the conversation with our speaker:

Steve Chase
 is a Quaker activist, educator, and writer living in Washington, DC. He has been an editor at South End Press, the founding director of Antioch University’s graduate activist training program in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability, and the Manager of Academic Initiatives for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. A contributor to both the Minds of the Movement and Waging Nonviolence blogs, his most recent book is How Agent Provocateurs Harm Our Movements. He is a member of the Quaker Palestine Israel Network and has served as an interfaith ally of the D.C. chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace.

The author of the pamphlet Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions? A Quaker Zionist Rethinks Palestinian Rights, Chase is currently working on a book entitled Seeking Justice in the Holy Land: The Evolution of Quaker Perspectives on Israel/Palestine. In June, he was part of a three week fact-finding delegation to Israel/Palestine sponsored by Friends United Meeting.

Learn More/Here's how YOU can help:

Consider having your congregations and organizations join ICUJP and many other groups in the Apartheid-Free Communities network to help create the conditions for peace with justice in Israel/Palestine:

7:30 - 7:35  Log in and socialize
7:35 - 7:45  Welcome and introductions 
7:45 - 7:50  Reflection (5 min. maximum)
7:50 - 9:15  Program and Q&A
9:15 - 9:20  Announcements
9:20 - 9:30  Closing circle and prayer

Start your morning with us!

Facilitator: Dave Clennon
Reflector: Rick Banales

** Meetings begin promptly at 7:30 am Pacific. **

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ICUJP Friday Forum 12/22/23
Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Please note: Our Friday Forums and other events are open to the public. By attending, you consent to having your voice and likeness recorded, photographed, posted on ICUJP's website and social media, and included in ICUJP materials and publications for noncommercial purposes. If you don't want to be photographed or recorded, please let the facilitator know.


- Some recent ICUJP Friday Forums you might have missed - check out these videos and many more on our ICUJP YouTube page:

Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, a Multifaith Apprach to Counter Anti-Muslim Discrimination

PEN America - Banned in the USA

World BEYOND War: How can we support youth to become sustainable peace leaders?

Apartheid-Free Communities: An Interfaith Effort to Resist Racism

Clergy Standing Up For Our LGBTQ Community

11.17.23 Forum - George Lakey: How can we get creative in the Israel-Palestine conflict?

10.13.23 Friday Forum - Israel and Palestine Yes, there IS a Path to Peace


22nd Anniversary of ICUJP: 22 years of working for Justice and Peace

Twenty-two years ago, Rev. George Regas of All-Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena reached out to clergy, community leaders, and laypeople to come together to seek an alternative to the fear-mongering and vengefulness sweeping much of our nation in the wake of September 11. The message that they wanted to convey was coherent and powerful: “Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence.” On that day, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace was born.

These past 22 years have been a journey for ICUJP - five Presidents, four California Governors, and numerous crises and issues that would shake the resolve of even the most devout and dedicated of activists. But through it all, we go forward in our mission to be the voice for "the least of these", and our determination to create the change we want to see in the world.

On Sunday, September 10th, 2023, ICUJP honored Rev. George Regas's life and legacy, and recognized deserving organizations with the 2023 George F. Regas Courageous Peacemaker Award. As our theme was "Housing is a Human Right", we were glad to shine a light on the work of Making Housing and Community HappenAll-Saints Church Safe Haven Bridge to Housing, the Office of Mayor Karen Bass of Los Angeles, and the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center.

Thank you for your part in keeping the vision of George F. Regas alive as we continue creating a place to gather, organize, pray, and act together united by the fundamental principle that Religious Communities Must Stop Blessing War and Violence.

Please consider helping Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace in its mission. ICUJP operates as a largely volunteer organization with a small part-time paid staff. We have survived for over 20 years through the generosity of individuals and organizations like you. Like so many other organizations, our ability to raise donations has been hampered during the COVID pandemic.  


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December 22, 2023 at 7:30am - 9:30am

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