BDS: ‘Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions'

‘Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions’ is a strategy employed to put pressure on the nation of Israel to respect the rights of Palestinians and move Israel to negotiation to resolving the issues engendered by the occupation of the West Bank. ‘BDS’ strategies are seen as Anti-Semitic’ by some (perhaps most) groups within the Jewish community and are sponsored by other groups within the Jewish community. 


The United Church of Christ, after discussions with our partner churches in Israel and Palestine, has endorsed the BDS movement as a ‘third way’ to work for peace in the Middle East (the other two being violence and submission).  We will host three programs, to be led by Lindsey Mintz , the executive director of the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council that will examine the context of the issue in the United States, the issues inherent in the BDS debate from a Jewish perspective and alternative strategies for peace in Israel/Palestine. 


The programs are:

  • ·       May 7,   7 p.m.   Anti-Semitism in the United States
  • ·       May 17, 7 p.m.   Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions: A Jewish View
  • ·       May 21, 7 p.m.   Alternative Strategies for Peace and Justice

Food (‘Heavy Noshing’) precedes the Sunday, May 7 and 21 events at 6:30 p.m.


Traditional Worship

Traditional Services are at 11 o’clock on Sunday mornings.

It is amazing, if you think about it.  Jesus dies, is buried, is reported to be seen alive by some of his followers.  Most new religious movements peak in membership the day they are born, disappear the day after.  This religious movement transforms itself from being an Intra-Jewish reform movement to a Gentile-based religion whose followers are significant enough to be subject to persecution and arrest by Roman authorities.  Why did this happen?  How did this happen? We’ll combine insights from the sociology of religion and Acts to discern what we can learn from the early church about being a post modern church. 


·       May 7   Devoted, Growing, Acts 2:42-47. We are sometimes content with a view of the early church that borders on ‘ah, weren’t they cute?’ and miss that the early Christians had discovered a religion that worked for them.  What’s that say to us?

·       May 14 Witnessing, Loving, Acts 7:55-60.  The early church was not afraid to make a witness, even when it would come at a cost.  We will write letters in support of Bread for the World in addition to our regular-but-shortened worship service.

·       May 21 In Powerful dialogue  Acts 17:22-31.  When Paul went to Athens he famously engaged the gods of Greek culture in dialogue.  With whom do we need to engage?  Secularism? Nationalism? Consumerism? Hatred and Fear? 

·       May 28 In Memoriam,   John 14:1-14. We in this church have been amazingly fortunate in the really small number of people who died serving this nation in war. The most recent numbers have been women: Nurse Ann Lee Merrill and missionary Minnie Vautrin.  We will remember these and others who carried the wounds of war throughout their lives.


New Creation Worship

New Creation Worship Services begin at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday evenings.

·       May 7:   In the Hebrew religion the Bible is divided into three parts:  the Torah,( the first five books of the Bible that take us from creation to the entry into the Promised Land), the Prophets and the Writings.  In this service we will share favorite stories of the Torah, and what they mean for us.

·       May 14:  The second part of the Bible are the stories and writings of the prophets.  We will practice a little prophecy in speaking truth to power by writing letters to our congressional representatives

·       May 21:   The third part of the Hebrew Bible are called the ‘Writings’: Psalms, proverbs, words and stories of wisdom.  What speaks to our hearts?


Adult Sunday School Class

This class meets from 9:45 a.m. until almost 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

  • ·  May 7   Doing our Part to End Hunger: Background for our Bread for the World Offering of Letters.
  • ·  May 14 Bread for the World letter writing (because if we don’t train ourselves to take little steps for justice and compassion, we will be afraid to take big steps!)
  • ·  May 21 Into the World: The Acts of the Apostles
  • ·  May 28 Into the World: The Acts of the Apostles