The Road to Beloved Community: One Congregation’s Commitment to Civil Discourse
On November 5, 2017, the UU Church of Marblehead showed the film, “Occupation of the American Mind,” produced by Media Education Foundation.
The response from the community was unprecedented. Rev. Dr. Wendy von Courter and the Marblehead congregation was the focus of an angry backlash from the community. Yet, the persevered and created space for beloved community.
Rev. Dr. Wendy von Courter – Senior Minister, Carolyn Corzine – Social Action Committee Chair, and Diana Digges – legislative coordinator for UU Justice in the Middle East, graciously shared their story which UU Mass Action has recorded and is now sharing with the UU Community. The video is approximately 60 min. It tells the history that led up to the decision to show this film, the community’s response and the events that followed. Most importantly, this story is a beautiful example for all congregations on how to take on difficult conversations.
you are encourage you to watch this video, and I hope you take the time to watch the film and discuss it, as well. Link to, Occupation of the American Mind (preview and purchase)
About the Film: Over the past few years, Israel’s ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world — except the United States. The Occupation of the American Mind takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S.
Deep gratitude to Gordon Corzine, our expert editor who made this final version possible!