Thanks for sharing our path to peace

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We want to thank the people who joined us on May 12 for the Interfaith March for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine. We were delighted that you chose to spend a part of this busy weekend thinking, talking, and singing about our shared commitment to pursuing paths that can transform the structures of suffering in that land.

Special thanks go to the speakers, representing multiple faiths and humanist traditions, and the musicians who inspired us with their timely and insightful messages and rhythms. Among the many and rich takeaways were these: the challenge to leave our own comfort to confront injustice; the Kairos injunction to practice resistance with love as its logic; the plea to remember both Sarah and Hagar and the covenants made with both of their children on this Mother's Day; the connections among multiple social justice movements; the need to pledge ourselves to principles of partnership; the liberation theology framing which reveals that religion, when used as a tool for empire, betrays itself; the need to see Israel/Palestine within an oppression paradigm rather than a conflict paradigm; and the recognition that security is impossible without equity. We marched with a drum circle and joined the musicians in the words of Ella's Song to sing, "We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes."

Finally, we thank First United Methodist Church and First United Church of Oak Park for opening their doors so that we might explore together core tenets of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faith and humanist principles and how these tenets relate to our own actions that have profound effects in the land Israelis and Palestinians call home.

In peace and hope for justice,

Interfaith Action Group on Peace and Justice
in Israel and Palestine

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