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ICUJP Friday Forum
December 29th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific  

Dr. Kamal Abu-Shamsieh: 
Reflections on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Event Description: The October 7th attack on Israel ignited a war on Gaza that claimed the lives of over 25000 Palestinians, mostly women and children. In the meantime, Israeli soldiers repeatedly entered towns and refugee camps in the West Bank killing and arresting hundreds of Palestinians while Israeli settlers launched attacks on Palestinian farmers and the passerby. The talk will explore the root causes of violence in Palestine and offers a personal account of Palestinian life under occupation. Join us to learn more about what you can do to end the cycle of violence.

Join the conversation with our speaker:

Dr. Kamal Abu-Shamsieh is one of the founding members of ICUJP who currently an assistant professor of practical theology and director of the Interreligious Chaplaincy Program at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He was born in Ramallah, Palestine and lived for 27 years under Israeli military rule. During the first uprising of 1987, he assisted in the production of several documentary films, most notably Journey to the Occupied Lands, a Frontline PBS production.

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: Rose Leibowitz
Reflector: Carolfrances Likins

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

Here's how to join the online meeting:

To join by video conference, you'll need to download the Zoom app on your computer or mobile device. Click on the link to join the meeting and then enter the Meeting ID number and passcode. You'll be able to see slides and video, as well as speakers and other attendees.

If you prefer to join by phone, you'll be prompted to enter the Meeting ID number and passcode. You won't be able to see the visuals or attendees, but you can view them on the meeting video recording afterward. 

If you're new to Zoom and would like to use the video option, we recommend you download the app well ahead of time.

ICUJP Friday Forum 12/29/23
Time: 07:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

*Meeting controls for call-in attendees:
To mute/unmute yourself: *6
To raise hand: *9

(To find a dial-in number closer to you, go here.)

01.05.24 - Ani Zonneveld


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 29, 2023 at 7:30am - 9:30am
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