Peace and Justice

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St Andrews Psalter Lane ECC 16th February 2021

Justice and Peace Report

  1. Resources: Jenny Carpenter has provided a link to an extraordinary volume of resources as follows:
  2. Church groups have been contacted by from Jewish Voice for Peace with the news thatFacebook, in an effort to resist antisemitism, was proposing to regard “Zionist” as a proxy for “Jew” or “Israeli” so making it a protected category. If they did so, this could seriously restrict Palestinians and their supporters in legitimate criticism of the Israeli government. Together with 23 partner organisations, Jewish Voice for Peace is launching an international campaign to tell Facebook that we need the freedom to talk about Zionists and Zionism. Jenny Bywater is encouraging people to watch “Till Kingdom Come” on I Player – it showed how powerful the Christian Zionists are in USA.
  3. Rev  Gill Newton has agreed that local churches should be encouraged to register with A Rocha’s eco-church programme. JC trying to find out which churches are registered and which have attained bronze, silver or gold status. A District appointment is shortly to be advertised for someone to advise churches on the care and use of their buildings – this could be a good tie in.
  4. The Methodist Zero Carbon Action Group is drafting a resolution that could be brought to Circuit Meetings and Church Councils advising on the need to divest from fossil fuels.
  5. It’s now too late to watch the Valentine’s Day Screening of On Our Doorstep, the film about the Calais Jungle. It will be released more widely next month and I will make the details available. It might be possible to arrange a showing at church when such an event permits. Meanwhile I will publicise further opportunities. It is a truly amazing film.

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