One of the highpoints of my week is attending the Friday morning ICUJP meetings that take place at Immanuel Presbyterian Church on the corner of Wilshire and Vermont in Los Angeles. 40-50 people attend each week, including some of the most interesting and committed peace and justice advocates in LA.
The only drawback: getting to church at 7 AM to hear them!
For those who have jobs or other commitments, there is good news. ICUJP plans to have a Sunday meeting gathering soon. Stay tuned for details.
Meanwhile, I recommend checking out Icujpblog.net where you will see entries such as these:
March 16, 2012
"The Right to Wear (or Not to Wear) a Head Scarf"
by Stepehn Rohde, Chair of ICUJP "At a time when women are being raped and exploited around the world and defiled at home as “sluts” and 'prostitutes' for defending contraception, conservative columnist Dennis Prager recently chose to devote his column to the topic of head scarfs...."
March 15, 2012
Remembering Rachel Corrie
by Rev. Darrel Myers, a retired Presbyterian minister active with Sabeel and other pro-Palestinian causes, pays tribute to this brave young woman.
"This Friday, March 16th, is the ninth anniversary of the bulldozer killing of Rachel Corrie in the Gaza Strip. The 23- year-old from Olympia, Washington, was trying to block the demolition of yet another Palestinian home…"
March 14, 2012
“Dancing in an Earthquake”
Reflection of Rita Lowenthal on her 85th birthday. "I’m not quite sure how this happened—why I decided to use my reflection time to celebrate my 85th birthday with you. It feels a little egocentric—my women friends are giving me a luncheon–the family is having two …" Rita, who authored a moving book about her son's struggle with heroin addiction, gives a fascinating, funny and wise talk about aging and coping with a 96 year old husband whom she loves dearly and who has Atzheimer's. And she also has a passion for peace and justice that shines through her talk....
March 12, 2012
Protesting unfair foreclosure, single mom is fined and given probation
by Anthony Manousos. I talk about the case of Rose Gudiel, who was arrested along with eight other protesters at a bank which was trying to foreclose on her home without just cause. The bank relented and she saved her home, but the City Attorney of Pasadena prosecuted her....
March 10, 2012
An Atheist Affirmation of Activism
by Bonnie Blustein. Bonnie discusses how her atheist "faith" animates her commitment to struggle for justice and peace.
March 9, 2012
“Demilitarize the Pacific...”
So says Carol Urner, Quaker peace activist, a 82-year-old who inspired us with her passion for peacemaking.
March 8, 2012
One of the often overlooked psychological effects of war
was discussed by Rev. Ignacio Castuera, a retired Methodist minister who is active with Process Theology.