Joe Scarry

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Joe Scarry is a Member of the Working Group on the Middle East (WGME) of the Metro Chicago Synod (MCS) – Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Op-Ed: Myth of Monolithic Jewish Support for the Israeli State

The full-page ad that I saw in The New York Times the other day was just one more reminder that we need to keep hammering away at the differences and intersections between the state of Israel; the ideology of Zionism; and the religion of Judaism. In reporting on recent votes by Lutheran synods on U.S. financial aid to the state of Israel, I said: Members of Protestant denominations...

Chicago-area Lutherans Resolution Widens Conversation About Palestine Throughout the Church

 On Saturday, May 30, 2015, the Metro Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), meeting in assembly, voted to approve a resolution entitled, "Resolution on U.S. Government Aid to State of Israel." The resolution states, in part, RESOLVED, that members of the congregations of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod be encouraged to contact their congressional representatives and their...

February: A Month to Focus on the Hunger Strikes at Guantanamo

February 2014 marks the anniversary of the massive campaign of hunger strikes by Guantanamo Bay Detention Center detainees. People in Chicago will be holding several events in solidarity. The attempts by the U.S. administration to quash the hunger strikes -- particularly through forced feeding -- have been the subject of past comment by CAIR: "We urge Pentagon officials to end the...

January 11: A Day to Speak Up Against Islamophobia and Stereotyping

Two very important events will take place in Chicago on January 10 and 11, 2014. Timed to coincide with the 12th anniversary of the establishment of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, a vigil will be held in Federal Plaza (Adams and Dearborn) beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 10; and an evening of dramatic interpretation and followed by a...

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