Interfaith Group Formed to Advance Middle-East Peace Hosts August Gathering

July 17, 2009

Meet in Piedmont to Explore "Common Ground"

You are invited to join a group of people interested in exploring an interfaith response to the Israel/Palestine peace efforts. The new group, called Faith in Peace, will gather on Thursday, August 13 at 10 a.m. at Kehillah Community Synagogue in Piedmont, California to explore "finding the common ground."


The founders of Faith in Peace are Rabbi Dan Goldblatt of Beth Chaim Congregation in Danville, California and Vice President of OHALAH: Association of Rabbis for Jewish Renewal; Doug Smith, Chairperson of the Israel-Palestine Task Force of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church; and Rev. Will McGarvey, pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in Pittsburg, California and a strong Middle East peace advocate within the Presbyterian Church.


The Israel-Palestine Task Force is Faith in Peace's first institutional partner. Talks have begun with a host of other faith communities and faith-based organizations that are committed to working for peace in the Middle East.


The groups and individuals that partner together in this interfaith effort will be asked to support a five-legged platform that includes:


1. A negotiated two-state resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that provides security and safety for residents of both states.


2. An end to the occupation, including an evacuation of Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories and a complete end to the Israeli military occupation of the territories occupied since 1967 in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem - with border adjustments agreeable to both parties.


3. An immediate end to any expansion of Israeli settlements.


4. The termination of terrorism and state-initiated violence against all individuals, with special care being taken to avoid harming civilians. "We seek to build a future in which both peoples use non-violent means to resolve social and political inequities."


5. The recognition that as people of faith and U.S. citizens, we have a special responsibility to urge our government to pursue policies consistent with the requirements of a just peace for Israel and the Palestinian people.


Download flyer here.


Faith in Peace hopes you will consider attending the August 13 gathering (at which a light lunch will be served). If you are able to attend, please RSVP to And if you know of others who might be interested in this effort, please spread the word.


Piedmont, California is located just off the Grand Avenue exit of Highway 580.


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