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Resources 2018 Resolutions
2018 Resolutions and Associated Resources
RESOLUTION: Consider Investing in Wespath's
Social Values Choice (SVC) Suite of Funds
Encourages conference investment managers and clergy and
lay employees to put some of their funds or pensions in the
SVC suite of funds, in which Wespath is responding to the call
from many annual conferences to divest from companies that
are complicit in and profiting from the Israeli occupation.
RESOLUTION: Protecting the Right to Peacefully
Address Injustice through
Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (2018 version)
Opposing state or federal legislation that would stigmatize
or penalize those who support BDS action for a just peace
THREE RESOLUTIONS ON CHILDREN
Resource for all of these:
RESOLUTION: Addressing Federal Legislation
on Israeli Detention of Children
Calls for conference boards and agencies to review investments that contribute to suffering and abuse of Palestinian children. Also calls for the conference Board of Church and Society to consider how to educate United Methodists and how to interact with legislators on this issue, and to bring recommendations to the next annual conference session.
RESOLUTION: Advocating for the Rights of Children
Living Under Israeli Occupation (2018)
Calls for the conference to uphold the Foreign Assistance
Act by withholding military aid to Israel for violation of
Palestinian children’s human rights. Also calls on the U.S.
Senate to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights
of the Child, and for conference members to contact
Congress urging them to respond to these calls.
RESOLUTION: Child Incarceration, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and UMW Priorities
Calls for endorsement of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as it relates to incarcerated children. Also calls for the conference Board of Church & Society and conference UMW to consider: 1) how the conference can educated United Methodists on this issue, 2) how to interact with legislators on this issue and 3) whether the conference should dissociate financially from entities at home or abroad that profit from child incarceration, and to bring recommendations on those matters to the next annual conference session.
RESOLUTION: Responding to the Request by
Brings attention to the urgent request of the
National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine
that church bodies around the world increase their support
for the human rights of all people in the Holy Land, with
particular regard to the rights of ethnic minorities, Christians
and other religious minorities, imprisonment of children,
and the right to nonviolent protest. Calls for endorsement of
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UMC
Social Principles regarding the rights and responsibilities of Israelis and Palestinians. Also calls for the conference Board of Church and Society to bring recommendations on that request to the next annual conference session.
Download the Quick Facts on United Methodists and Israel/Palestine (updated Jan 2018)
RESOLUTION: Avoid Purchase of HP Products (2018)
Calls on conference boards, agencies, and individual
United Methodists to refrain from purchasing HP products
until this family of companies ends its involvement with the
Download a brochure from the international Boycott HP coalition
See UMKR's HP Boycott and the HP-Free Churches campaign on this page.
THE QUICK FACTS SERIES, 2017 - 2018
UMKR's series of Quick Facts resources have many uses at events, in displays,
and at meetings of peace and justice groups. They are designed for general
education and advocacy on key issues related to Israel/Palestine.
Click a title to see and download the 2-sided flyer:
United Methodists & Israel/Palestine (updated Jan 2018)
Palestinian Children & the Israeli Occupation (2017, rev May 2018)
BDS for Palestinian Human Rights (2017, rev May 2018)
We have designed these resources in black ink for affordable printing of photocopies.
When using more than one flyer in a display or at an event, we recommend
printing them on a variety of colors. Warm and bright colors like yellow,
goldenrod, salmon, ultra lime etc. look good with the gray tones in these designs.