United Methodist Kairos Response (UMKR)
is an international peace movement in the United Methodist Church responding to the urgent call from Palestinian Christians for effective action supporting a just peace in Israel/Palestine.
Aligning our Words and Actions
many years, United Methodist resolutions have urged an end to Israel's
occupation of Palestinian land and a sharing of the city of Jerusalem,
which is holy to three faiths. Yet United Methodist boards and agencies hold stock in companies which sustain that occupation. It is time for the church to align its actions with its words. We need to stop investing in companies whose goods and services enable the occupation to continue.
Are you a United Methodist employee or clergy
who believes our church should stop investing in companies that
sustain the occupation? Take action by signing the petition today!
This petition is for United Methodist clergy and employees who participate in/benefit from services of the UM General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB)
Watch our video "Answering the Call" for an introduction on the Israeli occupation and why we are calling for UMC divestment Watch it »
ENDORSEMENTS FOR UMC DIVESTMENT
Archbishop Desmond Tutu's message to the voting delegates at General Conference, published in the Tampa Bay Times, during the United Methodist General Conference: Read it »
Archbishop Tutu also wrote a letter of endorsement for our divestment work in 2012.
Read it »
United Methodist Bishop Mary Ann Swenson writes of her experience visiting Israel-Palestine and asks for support of UM divestment Read it »
Rev. Alex Awad Dean of Students at Bethlehem Bible College and GBGM missionary, wrote a powerful letter supporting divestment to United Methodist Annual Conferences. read and download it »
» See the video and letter from 140 Israelis with a personal message for United Methodists, the endorsement statement of the UMC General Board of Global Ministries and more...
Rabbis in the United States have a website - www.rabbisletter.org - to state their strong support for church campaigns to divest from the Israeli occupation.
+ Black Methodists for Church Renewal gave overwhelming support for the divestment resolution at their national gathering in 2012
+ ICAHD-USA, the US affiliate of Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, has written an open letter supporting Selective Divestment in the United Methodist Church, as well as the Presbyterian and Episcopalian churches. » Read their letter
+ The Rabbinical Council of Jewish Voice for Peace has sent an open letter, urging United Methodists to take a stand for Selective Divestment from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. » Read it
+ Rifat Kassis, the Coordinator of Kairos Palestine: A Moment of Truth, has sent a warm letter of appreciation and support to United Methodists working for church divestment from the occupation. » Read it
Learn how the companies named in our 2012 General Conference resolution are enabling the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory and are profiting from the violations of human rights and international law. » read it
Some people have said that our church should
keep investments in these companies, to be able to continue our
corporate engagement and encourage them to change their policies.
See the history of our advocacy with these corporations, from 2004 to 2011, and their responses to corporate engagement.
DIVESTMENT Q & A
The answers to many of your questions about divestment: » Learn more
WHO SUPPORTS DIVESTMENT?
See the Christian and Jewish organizations
that support divestment, as well as businesses and pension funds that have cut their ties to the Israeli occupation: » Learn more
INVESTING IS NOT ENOUGH
Some United Methodists are recommending replacing
the call for UM divestment from the occupation with something that
sounds more 'positive' - investing in the Palestinian economy.
this approach cannot help the Palestinians, while they live under a crushing occupation - according to World Bank reports and other authoritative sources. » Read it »