March 2016 – Minutes

CLJP Minutes –March 8, 2016
Monticello Room, Westminster Canterbury

Present: Chip Sanders, Carroll Houle, John Peale, Hal Horan, Bob McAdams, Dave Warren, Peter Weatherly, Jim McDonald, Carol Muntz, David McFarlane, Bill Gray, Ed Murray, Diane Murray, Phil Best Jean Newsom, Warren Grupe, Jean Hammond

Guests: Wilma Bradbury, Helen Reynolds, Al Reynolds

Horan opened the meeting with prayer with Ed Murray presiding.

The Minutes of February 9, prepared by Horan, were approved.

Ed Murray announced the following event to take place on the grounds of UVA submitted by Judy Sayed that was previously emailed to all the members:

Our Moslem Student Association (MSA) has been organizing a fundraising benefit dinner for the Syrian Refugee crisis for some time now, and alhumduliliah they are doing another event to help our Syrian brother sisters in Crisis. The date for this event is set to be on Saturday, March 19th starting 7.00pm at Newcomb Ballroom.

Tickets for this event are ($20 for adults and $5 for children), and 100% of the ticket proceeds will be donated to the cause through United Muslim Relief inshAllah. It will be a catered dinner, and we have Dr. Jonathan Brown from Georgetown University as our Keynote speaker for the evening. Formal attire is  encouraged for this event. Attached you will find the flyer created for the event and below are the links through which people can purchase their tickets and RSVP for the event. We hope to see you and your family in attendance inshAllah!  Jazakum Allahu Khairan Charlottesville Muslim Women

Best noted and Horan later confirmed that the link provided was available only to MSA members.

Jean Hammond announced that Frank Burch Brown will be giving talks on “The Aesthetics of Forgiveness, Imagining Forgiveness Artistically” in room G008 of Ruffner Hall, located behind the art museum, on March 15, 16 and 17 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) from 5 to 6:30 each day.  The event is free to the public.

McAdams announced two events:

On Saturday, March 19, from 12-1:30 at the City Council Chambers, as part of the Festival of the Book,  Marjorie Cohn will discuss her thought-provoking book, Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues, about the use and impact of drone warfare in today’s world.

Dr. James R. Sofka, a specialist in international relations and trans-Atlantic diplomatic history and political leadership, will speak on Emerging Fissures in the European Union—Refugees, Migration and the Limits of Collective Action on Sunday, March 20, at 3:00 pm, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church—Unitarian Universalist, 717 Rugby Rd.

Program:  Ed Murray presented a portion of pbs’ Frontline video, Inside Assad’s Syria showing the toll the war has had on the Syrian people. Followed by a discussion mostly responding to Don Necterline’s challenge, shouldn’t Christians make an effective moral and humane response to such carnage, destruction and displacement?  Most of the discussion centered on Necterline’s proposal of a combat free zone near the Turkish border and how it could be administered and protected by special armed forces, with enough housing, food, medical and other supplies.

This of course led to questions of how to keep the zone free.  Would such an attempt, for instance, be rebuffed and cause an escalation of the war and the end of such a zone?  After much thoughtful discussion, there was an appreciation of the difficulties involved in finding some sort of effective solution.

Briefly discussed because of time constraints:

  1. 1. A FORUM (2017) – Peale reported on an initial contact with a FESTIVAL OF THE BOOK contact; they are interested in exploring with us a “forum” presented in partnership with their event next Spring (2017). We will also present a “talking paper” outline of CLUJP’s participation in such an event and the form it might take. There is a special urgency regarding this: if we are going to feature the topic we have been studying, income inequality, then we need to contact, schedule, and financially support those figures involved in the field who will attract the most interest.

MEMBERS ARE URGED  TO SHARE WITH MURRAY, PEALE AND SANDERS IDEAS REGARDING ANY ASPECT OF A POSSIBLE FORUM—BE IT A SINGLE EVENT OR WEEKEND, A SINGLE SPEAKER OR A DEBATE, WHAT INTEREST GROUP TO TARGET, ADVERTISING, WHOMEVER, WHATEVER OR WHEREVER AND TO DO WHATEVER WE OURSELVES CAN DO TO MAKE IT A SUCCESS.

  1. A discussion on CLUJP’s continuing purpose/future. Questions have arisen concerning: membership; role of CLUJP in future years; where does our organization “fit” in this community; do we have leadership for the coming ’16-’17 year? What other group would we enjoy more effective relations?
  1. Should we be having/hosting a leadership meeting with associated J&P groups in town to explore at more depth what our role might be?

On April 14, we will return to the topic of Income Inequality with Don Necterline leading the discussion.

The meeting adjourned at 2:01 pm.

Respectfully Submitted

Hal Horan