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Webinar • 12 August 2020
10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm London / 8pm Palestine
MFSA and UMKR present two recognized authorities on Christian Zionism, a disturbing political theology embraced by millions of Americans who now have a tremendous influence on US foreign policy with regard to Israel and Palestine.
Our speakers will help us understand the theology of Christian Zionism, why it is an inaccurate interpretation of Scripture, how it is harming Palestinian Christians and the entire Middle East peace process, and how to counter this theology in our churches.
Hosted by Bridget Cabrera, Executive Director, Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA)
Moderated by Rev. John Wagner, Co-Chair of United Methodists for Kairos Response (UMKR)
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Bethlehem, Palestine; 1st July 2020—
Kairos Palestine and Global Kairos for Justice -- a broad coalition including Palestinian Christians and international church leaders and networks -- have issued "Cry for Hope," an urgent call to end the oppression of the Palestinian people. Already, thousands of Christian leaders and church members around the world have endorsed it.
See it yourself and endorse it! Go to "Cry for Hope"
NY Times: Celebrated civil rights leader & author of The New Jim Crow goes on the record: she can't stay silent about Palestinian rights. See the op-ed
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The Right to Boycott
Our new page presents why and how this basic right of free speech is under attack acroos the US, Europe and beyond, and how we can take action to protect democratic freedoms. See it now
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Open Letter from Christian Clergy in Bethlehem
"Bethlehem, surrounded by walls and settlements, already feels like an open prison. Annexation means the prison becomes even smaller, with no hopes for a better future." See their full letter
We can’t breathe until we’re free! Palestinians stand in
solidarity with Black Americans
From the Palestinian BDS National Committee
See this eloquent and very powerful statement
27 Religious Leaders write to Congress, Oppose Israel Annexation of Palestinian Land
Signers include the President of the UMC Council of Bishops
"We share the grave concern expressed by the Council of Patriarchs and Heads of the Holy Land Churches who in a statement dated May 7, called upon Israel to refrain from annexation, making clear that such a unilateral move “would bring about the loss of any remaining hope for the success of the peace process.” Formal annexation is an act of aggression, not a step for peace." See the full letter; learn more about annexation
Dire Consequences of Israel’s “Coalition Government”
The board of Kairos Palestine raises an alarm regarding the consequences of the third failed Israeli election in less than a year. The resulting coalition established on April 20, 2020 combines two of the most right-wing parties—Bennie Gantz’s Blue and White and Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud—in a deal that directly threatens Palestinians’ freedom, health and human rights. See the full statement, plus background info from UMKR
LYNC Open Letter to the Church
In an open letter to The United Methodist Church, the Love Your Neighbor Coalition (LYNC) calls for people of faith to "pick up the mantle of justice and speak out against oppression in all forms but especially the oppression of the most marginalized and at-risk in our world." UMKR is a member of LYNC. See the letter
UMKR Sept-Dec Newsletter:
Black Church Call, Trump's EO, 🎄This Season, South African Methodists,
Church Leaders and members are "all in" for HR 2407, 2020 Trips, and more...See our news & action
Dual Palestine Conferences:
Kairos Palestine's 10th
Anniversary and Sabeel's
The experiences and reflections of
United Methodists who attended these
back-to-back events in Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
December 2019 – See their reports
United Methodist Church: Opposing Israeli Settlements since 1976
United Methodist leaders, members appalled by Trump administration’s disregard for international law and human rights, acceptance of crime of colonialism.
November 2019 – See the press release
Kairos Palestine Statement on House Demolitions
Palestinian Christians speak to "hard hearts" as Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes rise; remind Israel it is God's law that truly protects
September 2019 – Read the statement
The Year So Far: September 2019
This newsletter is packed with action opportunities and reports of UMKR activities, as well as action among our church partners and many allies. Sections include: Take Action (HR2407, WWPPI 2019); UMKR and Co. (Response to GC2019, Annual Conference 2019 successes, MFSA says No, GBCS' ecumenical action); Partners News (Kairos Palestine, Sabeel, FOSNA, PCAP, ELCA, UCC, UUA, CMEP, AMP, and JVP); In Focus: Black-Palestinian Solidarity; the Holy Land Beckons; and Cool Tools.
September 2019 – See the newsletter
Jerusalem from the Lens of a Native Son
– Ghettoization and Pauperization
UMKR activist Philip Farah visits his homeland and reports on the dismal transformation he sees in Jerusalem
August 2019 – Read the article
UMC Regional Bodies Adopt 8 Resolutions
Addressing Palestinian Rights
Ethical investing, particularly
regarding government bonds, and the
plight of Palestinian children were the
primary focus of eight resolutions related
to Palestinian rights that United Methodist
annual conferences (regional bodies) in the
United States adopted in May and June 2019.
July 2019 – Read the report
UMKR Responds to GC2019 and Judicial Council Rulings of April 2019
UMKR grieves over exclusionary legislation of GC2019, renews commitment to LYNC Vision, and invites all United Methodists to work for a just peace in the Holy Land.
April 2019 – Read the statement
African Americans Show How Palestinian
Solidarity Is Done
M. Theresa Basile
Reviewing Michelle Alexander's NY Times Op-Ed "Time to Break the Silence on Palestine in the contexts of Black-Palestinian solidarity in recent years and of the praise and denunciations it has received.
January 2019 – Read the article
Time to Break the Silence on Palestine
Michelle Alexander, The NY Times
January 2019 – Author of the
"The New Jim Crow" compares
Martin Luther King's controversial
opposition to the Vietnam War to
the current issues surrounding
support for Palestinian rights,
especially when African Americans
take a stand. Describing the changes and challenges in the U.S. public debate - with a mention of the United Methodist Church's divestment from Israeli banks – Alexander identifies Palestinian rights as a cause she cannot ignore in 2019.
January 2019 – See the editorial
Unite to Protect Americans' Right to Boycott
Fifteen faith organizations have issued a statement condemning the current bill in the Senate that would support state legislation penalizing those who support a boycott targeting Israeli human rights abuses. They call on all Americans to contact legislators and urge them to oppose such legislation.
January 2019 – See the statement
2018 Year in Review: UMKR & Partners' News
Our annual "mega edition" of The Response includes
a full review of UMKR activities in the previous year, a selection of the
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WEBINAR, AUGUST 12th, 1pm Eastern: Find out how this disturbing political theology embraced by millions of Americans is influencing US policy and harming Christians
in Palestine. Hear from two biblical scholars: click here to see their bios & to REGISTER.
See UMKR's Statement and the outpouring of solidarity from Palestinians, Palestine advocacy groups, and the United Methodist Church. We also have lots CAMPAIGNS & ACTIONS, & RESOURCES FOR LEARNING: SEE THEM ALL
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Michelle Alexander breaks her silence
UMKR has important church legislation that will be considered at GENERAL CONFERENCE:
• protecting Palestinian children,
• defending the right to boycott,
• divesting from occupation government bonds, and other timely justice issues.
General Conference is always our BEST OPPORTUNITY to make an impact for Palestinian rights throughout our church, on four continents.
Rev. Dr. Stephen Sizeris
ordained Anglican clergy and a celebrated authority on Christian Zionism. His books include: Christian Zionism: Roadmap to Armageddon and Zion's Christian Soldiers: The Bible, Israel and the Church. In 2006, he co-authored the "Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism" for the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem.
Rev. Dr. Munther Isaacis Academic Dean of Bethlehem Bible College and pastor of Christmas Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, Palestine. He is the author of From Land to Lands, from Eden to the Renewed Earth: A Christ-Centered Biblical Theology of the Promised Land and The Other Side of the Wall: A Palestinian Christian Narrative of Lament and Hope.
Who Supports BDS?
So many Christian denominations, Israeli & Jewish organizations, businesses, labor unions, and more support boycott and divestment for Palestinian rights. See this list
▶︎ Letter from Palestinian clergy:"Bethlehem...already feels like an open prison. Annexation means the prison becomes even smaller..." See it here
▶︎ Pres. of United Methodist Bishops and 26 other religious leaders
write to Congress, opposing Israeli annexation of Palestinian land. See it here
▶︎ Israeli annexation: WHAT is annexation all about, WHY it is feared, and HOW we can take action to oppose it? See our Annexation Watch
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