Please join me in taking a stand for peace and against anti-Israel divestment.
I was among 1,300 rabbis that signed a groundbreaking letter to delegates of the United Methodist Church. Divestment was rejected in that church as it has been in the Episcopal and Lutheran (ELCA) churches – but it may pass in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
I am making this request both on behalf of peace in the Middle East and to help preserve and strengthen not weaken our relationship with the Presbyterian Church (USA). I am worried that the relationship between our community and the Presbyterian Church can be diminished due to this effort. The letter expresses our collective hope for peace and partnership. There is much that our communities can do to repair our world and to bring peace to a land that yearns for it. Unfortunately, there are those who are recommending a different path – one that acts out conflict rather than promote reconciliation.
If you decide to sign the letter, and I hope you do, after using the link to affix your own signature, please send it on to your own personal lists. We would like to send this letter to our Presbyterian friends prior to their convention which begins at the end of June. As I write this, this letter is approaching 15,000 signatures!
If you would like to see my own letter that our neighbor, Dr. Lane Alderman, the senior pastor at Roswell Presbyterian Church, and I wrote and co-signed, take a look at it at the Atlanta Jewish Times. They printed our letter here: http://atlantajewishtimes.com/rabbi-fred-greene/. I am grateful for this emerging relationship. Through real conversations and a sharing of ideas, we can find our common ground to support justice and peace, together. This should be the model for finding peace in the Middle East and advancing tolerance in North Fulton! It is about real dialogue, understanding and mutual respect!
Again, thank you for any consideration of this request.
With warm wishes and shalom,
Rabbi Fred Greene