Commemorating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

** Please Note the date may change, pending Rep. Carson’s voting schedule.** Our annual, interfaith commemoration of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights will feature US Rep. André Carson (Indiana’s 7th District) as our keynote speaker. Rep. Carson is an Indianapolis native, and one of only three Muslims currently serving in Congress. His Congressional memberships…

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Evening with Rev. Loren McGrail

On November 18, we’ll be hosting the Rev. Loren McGrail for what is sure to be a moving and fascinating conversation. Loren is a minister in the United Church of Christ, a poet, and an artist. She served as a mission co-worker for the UCC and the Disciples of Christ from 2013-2018 in Palestine/Israel. Her…

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Gala 2021: With Special Guest Huwaida Arraf

All of us at ICMEP are looking forward to having our Annual Gala in-person again! It is going to be a spectacular evening, and we do hope you’ll join us! For the safety of all guests, vaccination and masks are required. We will have plenty of heavy appetizers available for tasty nosh, music, a silent auction,…

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Yes to Eros: My Spiritual Journey

The following blog post is from a talk given as part of Spiritual Grounding, a program with the Rev. Graylan Hagler, with Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC, in Washington, DC, on Friday, October 15, 2021. The original presentation is included in the video embedded in this post. I want to say thank you to my friend,…

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Lucas Zoughbi: The Plight of Palestinian Political Prisoners

Join us for an evening of illuminating conversation with Lucas Zoughbi. Lucas is a doctoral student in Psychology at Michigan State University, and is the son of Zoughbi and Elaine Zoughbi, who run the Wi’am Conflict Resolution and Transformation Center, in Bethlehem. In his doctoral research, Lucas focuses on the torture (physical, psychological, and sexual) of…

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World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2021 Commemorating the United Nation’s World Mental Health Day, Indiana Center for Middle East Peace will be hosting our friend, Lucas Zoughbi, son of Zoughbi and Elaine Zoughbi, from Bethlehem, and a PhD student in Psychology at Michigan State University specializing in psychological trauma of Palestinian children, women, and political prisoners, this Thursday,…

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Ziryab: Songbird of Andalusia

October 4, 2021 “The fifth string is the soul.” That’s how our ICMEP friend, composer/musician/educator Ronnie Malley, began his one-person musical play, Ziryab: Songbird of Andalusia. We hosted Ronnie this past weekend for his play as well as for three community workshops, “When the World Spoke Arabic,” with partial financial support from the National Endowment…

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Ziryab: Songbird of Andalusia

ICMEP is thrilled to welcome Ronnie Malley for an evening of incredible music and storytelling! Take an enchanting musical journey from 9th-century Islamic Spain to present-day America. Arabic music & poetry tell the story of Ziryab, a man formerly enslaved in Baghdad, whose musical talent with the oud (lute)  brought him fame throughout the Middle…

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Shrinking the Occupation: Israel’s “New” Old Strategy

Israeli philosopher, Micah Goodman, has been described as “arguably Israel’s most influential public intellectual,” exerting an inordinate amount of influence on Israel’s Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, who just completed his 100th day in office. Goodman lives in Kfar Adumim, an illegal Israeli settlement just outside Jerusalem. He is the author of the 2017 book, Catch…

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Thoughts On the Centennial of Paulo Freire

I first learned of the Brazilian humanist educator, Paulo Freire, in 1978, during a class in “liberation theology” at Eden Seminary in St. Louis with Dr. M. Douglas Meeks, where Freire’s critically-acclaimed Pedagogy of the Oppressed (translated into English in 1970) was required reading. I thought of Freire this week as we celebrate the centennial…

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