UUJME Reflection & Learning Project

UUJME launched a nationwide Reflection & Learning Project at GA 2014 to create and provide group study guides on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to help UUs learn about and discuss the issue from a uniquely UU perspective. 

Available here is the overview document explaining the Reflection and Learning Project, and summarizing the included study guides. We encourage multi-congregational study groups and inviting people of other faiths to learn in community together.

In the study guide packet, in addition to our online UU study guide titled The 7 UU Principles and Palestine-Israel, we include two additional study guides with free DVDs produced by Presbyterians: Steadfast Hope and Zionism Unsettled.


The 7 UU Principles and Palestine-Israel guide is designed to be used electronically, and can be downloaded at no cost from the links to the right of this section and from the Home page of the website. It can be then emailed to group participants ahead of each planned session, and pages with discussion questions and recommended video links can be accessed and displayed during sessions with an Internet-connected computer and a projector or web-enabled television. If someone in your group is fairly tech savvy, they can be enlisted to conduct the projection tasks of the study sessions, enabling you to manage the group with only one printed copy. Or, to promote multi generational learning, you can enlist the support of young adults and youth in your congregation or other community who will likely be able to shepherd the technology process.

Study group leaders can choose to make use of any of the three study guides and we will actively solicit feedback on all three. We have created a communications hub for sharing of study group experiences and advice which is accessible by request to curriculum@uujme.org.

Study Guide Packet Request Form:

Please email curriculum@uujme.org to request a study guide packet (possibly free if you are the first person at your congregation to initiate a request) or different quantities of a single guide (possibly discounted for a commitment to provide detailed feedback upon using the guide in a group - state a commitment to providing detailed feedback and the % of discount you request in your email, and you will receive a reply within a week with an answer).

To pay the full list price and receive materials sooner, you can send the form and mail a check made out to UUJME, P.O. Box 380355, Cambridge, MA 02238-0355. Write R&L Order on the memo line.

The 7 UU Principles and Palestine-Israel: $15.00
Steadfast Hope: $7.00
Zionism Unsettled: $8.00

Shipping is included in the price, and materials will reach you in about a week after your request is approved.

We always welcome donations to help continue making materials available at lower prices.

Washington

A study group was already completed in spring 2014. There will be another in 2015.

California

A group is being considered in southern California.

Colorado

Three groups have completed studies in the past 18 months.

Indiana

A study group was held in Ft. Wayne, Indiana for January 2015.

Michigan

Three study groups have been completed.

Houston, TX

A study group is being planned for Fall 2015.

OMAHA, NEBRASKA

A study group of five sessions was held at the First Unitarian Church of Omaha in February and March 2016.

 

Pennsylvania

Two congregations started planning a fall study group based on the 7 UU Principles and Palestine-Israel Study Guide.

Oregon

Three sessions were held with up to 85 members attending.

Massachusetts

More than three groups were organized and studies completed.

Long Island

Discussion has been ongoing around forming a group based on the seven principles.

Minnesota

A study group may form around people considering participation in the UUJME Human Rights Tour to Israel-Palestine in 2015.

Georgia

One study group began in September 2014 with 10 people, and another was held in October 2014 with 5 people.

Your State Here!

You're next! Let us know who you are by email to curriculum@uujme.org!

The 7 UU Principles and Palestine-Israel Study Guide

Download the study guide on Palestine-Israel to use for your adult religious education program.

Booklet of Prereadings and Videos for Study Guide Session Preparation:

http://tinyurl.com/7UUPandPI-Prep

Request a packet of guides on the Take Action --> Learn and Reflect page.

Email curriculum@uujme.org with any questions and constructive feedback. Leaders of study groups around the country are happy to be paired with potential leaders of other groups to provide advice. You do not have to be an expert on the issues to lead a group. It is a guide rich with many resources that you can omit or add to as you see appropriate.

The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East is a recommended book to read before starting the first session.

 

Communication Hub

UUJME R&L Study Group Leaders are added to a list of verified  users of this web page. We look forward to a growing online community of study group leaders sharing experiences and asking questions of each other. Thanks very much for all your work! Click here to access the communication hub.

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