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2017 News

Reflections of a United Methodist Missionary

Janet Lahr Lewis reflects on her time as a missionary in Israel and Palestine.

Read the article

United Methodists in U.S. defend the right to boycott and divest

Twenty-three resolutions adopted in fifteen annual conferences in 2017, on a wide range of issues related to Israel/Palestine

See the press release

UMKR welcomes new UMC investment fund: Equities Social Values Plus Fund
See the press release

UMKR Calls for Boycott of HP Products

Learn more

15 Christian organizations send a Briefing Paper on Israel/Palestine
to the Trump Administration and the U.S. Congress

See the paper

12 UMC Holy Land Missionaries Publish Open Letter to Donald Trump:
"Don't move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem."

See the press release

Palestinian Pastor Sends Open Letter to UK Prime Minister

Recalling the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, Rev. Alex Awad calls on PM for a new path for Britain regarding Israel/Palestine

See the letter

UMKR Prepares 6 New Resolutions for 2017 Conferences

See and download the resolutions

FOSNA Lenten Study for 2017 added to UMKR Worship Resources

sSe and download it

7 Recommended Holy Land Trips in 2017

See the trips

​​Kairos Palestine

Palestinian Christians have called on us  to help end the Israeli occupation.  Discover the document that is mobilizing Christians around the world! Read it

UMKR & dozens of groups call on Americans to act: 

full page newspaper stmnt.

Learn more, take action



Israel/Palestine 101​

Prepare for peacemaking by learning the basics: the history of this conflict and the real situation today.  We have some easy ways to get started.  Learn more

23 Resolutions in 2017!  Protecting our rights, HP boycott, Holy Land travel

and more. See the news

Is It Apartheid?

Find out what an international team of legal scholars - commissioned by the South African government - said about the Israeli occupationSee the answer

Responsible Tourism

Be more than a tourist in the Holy Land.  See remarkable  tours that will show you biblical history and introduce you to the people of the land. Learn more

Our Quick Facts Series

Handy UMKR resources

for education & advocacy

See, download & use them

​​ Sign the Petition

For UMC clergy and employees:you are the stakeholders in the services provided by the UM General Board of Pension and Health Benefits. Let them know you want occupation-free investments .
Sign the petition to GBPHB

Stronger together

Advocate with UMKR for a 

just peace in the Holy Land
Add your voice to thousands of United Methodists who advocate for equality and freedom for all the people of Israel and Palestine. Consider working with one of UMKR's committees or focus on advocacy in your area.

Answering the urgent call from Palestinian Christians 
~ in Kairos Palestine:  A Moment of Truth ~ for effective action to end the Israeli occupation and achieve a just peace in the Holy Land.

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With limited resources,

UMKR has made a remarkable

impact in the UMC. But this vital peace and justice work can only continue with the support of those who believe in it. Gifts of any size WILL make a difference!

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Settlements Boycott 

The UMC has called for a global ban on products from Israeli  settlements. See many familiar products & how you can support the boycott.  Learn more

Noteworthy News in 2016

United Methodist regional bodies oppose "anti-BDS" legislation – September 2016

See the press release

UMKR questions Israeli crackdown on humanitarian aid – August 2016

See the press release

Congressional Briefing on the impact of Settlement Expansion - February 2016  

See the report

United Methodist Pension Fund Excludes and Divests from Israeli Banks - January 2016

See the press release

Noteworthy News in 2015 & earlier

UMKR celebrates Boycott Success in Palestinian Territories - October 2015 
Read the press release
Eight United Methodist annual conferences vote for divestment in 2015 
See the press release
UMKR welcomes new UM investment fund, while noting problems - January 2015 
See the press release
Landmark action: United Methodist Pension board divests from G4S - June 2014   
See the press release.

Selective Divestment

Throughout the church, the call is growing for the UMC to cut its financial ties to the Israeli occupation that it has long opposed  Learn more

News & Views

Changing U.S. Policy 

It is time for a change in U.S. policies regarding Israel/Palestine. Find out how UMKR and allies are making an impact in Washington & get involved.  Learn more  

Unheard Voices from the Heart of Palestine

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 8:45 am – 4:30 pm
First United Methodist Church

1001 Pleasant St., Des Moines, Iowa

Sponsored by the Middle East Peace Education

Coalition (MEPEC)

Download the brochure to register for this conference

Whether you are new to the issue of the Israeli/Palestinian

conflict or you have studied the topic for years,

this symposium is for you.
• America’s role in the Occupation
• Faith perspectives on the conflict
• Becoming active in peacemaking

See more details on our Events page



2017 Rosemary Radford Ruether Conference
for a Justice and Peace in Palestine/Israel
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Decker Hall, 665 Avery Rd., Claremont, CA

Co-Sponsors: Friends of Sabeel—North America (FOSNA), Claremont Area FOSNA, Claremont School of Theology, Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Claremont Graduate University

Speakers: Jane Dempsey Douglass, Mark Braverman, Rev. Donald Wagner, Mae Elise Cannon, Rev. Naim Ateek,

Website for this event with resources and registration:

See more details at our Events page

​​Worship & Devotional Resources

Enrich your spiritual connection to the cause of justice in the Holy Land, with diverse materials for congregations & personal devotions.  See the resources