Unitarian Universalist Association

Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME)

UUJME works for a peaceful and just resolution of the Palestine-Israel conflict, affirming the equality, dignity, freedom and security of all peoples involved. UUJME’s principal activities are educational programs, including appearances at the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations General Assembly, support of local social action groups, conducting and sponsoring trips to Palestine-Israel, and advocacy. UUJME is guided by UU principles, international law, UN resolutions, universally accepted principles of human rights, the right to religious freedom, and UU actions and statements. Founded in 1971, UUJME is incorporated in Massachusetts as UUJMECorp, a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity and is a UUA Related Social Justice Organization.

UUJME Core Values and Sources of Inspiration

Our Unitarian Universalist Principles
1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
2. Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

UUJME Actions

• Sponsoring a proposed resolution in 2016 calling on the UUA to divest from corporations supporting human rights violations in Occupied Palestine, http://tinyurl.com/uujmepalres
• Increase understanding of the Israel-Palestine conflict by facilitating the formation of study groups based on study guides developed by UUs and non-UUs; see http://uujme.org/home/Take-Action/Learn-and-Reflect
• Work toward UUA/TIAA-CREF divestment from corporations supporting or profiting from occupation of Palestinian lands
• Form and grow local groups and chapters
• Provide information via newsletters and news alerts
• Maintain General Assembly presence with an exhibit hall booth, lectures, workshops
• Sponsor and participate in awareness-raising events in UU congregations and regional and district gatherings
• Co-sponsor events and collaborate with UU and non-UU organizations with similar interests (e.g. – Jewish Voice for Peace, U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, etc.)
• Lead UUJME Human Rights Trips to Israel-Palestine
• Administer the Don McInnes Human Rights Travel/Learn Scholarship Fund to provide financial aid to activist UUs of all ages who wish to participate in educational experiences in Palestine/Israel, giving UU Young Adults special consideration
• Communicate with the UUA leadership regarding UUA policies and actions and the Israel-Palestine issue

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