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Message from the UMKR Co-chairs

March 2017

Greetings and thank you for all you do for justice and peace.

We’re honored to be your co-chairs.

From Andrea (Andy) Whitmore:
As with many of you, my work with UMKR began with a

phone call from Rev. John Wagner, who asked me to join

the Steering Committee to help towards General

Conference 2012. At nearly the same time, I was elected

to the Steering Committee of the US Campaign to End

the Israeli Occupation (now the US Campaign for

Palestinian Rights). As well, Friends of Sabeel North America

asked me to join their Board of Trustees. Three more worthwhile organizations I cannot imagine! My goodness, such a busy time. What you, and the activists in the USC and FOSNA have taught me fills my heart with hope—as well as amazement that God allows me to work with such dedicated people. Now, due to family considerations, I concentrate my work with UMKR. Thank you!

From John Wagner:
On a 2008 trip to the Holy Land the truth overwhelmed me.

I came back to West Ohio, helped to form a task force, and

in 2011 our conference divested from three companies

supporting the occupation. We would not have passed our

divestment resolution in West Ohio without the active

support of brave conservatives who had become

convinced this was the right thing to do. It’s since been

my joy to be a part of creating UMKR and getting to work with all kinds of people, all over the world, with all sorts of politics and theology, who know that our cause is just and are willing to act on that knowledge.  Thanks for that – it continues to be a great privilege.  

From Andy and John:
We and our Steering Committee have so much hope for the future: three well-crafted resolutions coming from  the Boycott & Divestment Committee; another from the Political Action Committee; and two from the Education Committee. They are
posted on our website, and we hope you’ll choose one or more for your own annual conferences.

We’re also working in tandem with the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, with FOSNA and other organizations on a boycott of HP products. See it in our newsletter that just went out and check out
UMKR’s call for the HP Boycott on our website. We’ll keep you posted on what we hope to achieve and remind you of the tremendous successes the justice movement has had with similar boycotts.
We could never have come to this moment of clarity and hope without the courageous work of former Co-chairs Susanne Hoder and Rev. Michael Yoshii, as well as that of former Steering Committee members. With gratitude to them and to all of you, we bring our hope for justice and peace through the establishment of human rights for all in the Holy Land.

We’ll be in touch. Thank you again for all you do.

Andy and John

for our work to continue.

General Conference

UMKR needs your support

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United Methodists are responding to Kairos Palestine: A Moment of Truth ,a statement of faith and urgent call to action from Christians in Palestine.  UMKR seeks, through nonviolent means and in partnership with Palestinian Christians, freedom, justice and equality for all Palestinians and Israelis.

General Conference 2020 has been

scheduled for Aug-Sept 2022. Our justice legislation is still vital & needs

YOUR support!  LEARN MORE:

An Appeal from UMKR

UMKR has important church legislation for our denomination's global General Conference, to be held in 2021. These resolutions address:

protecting Palestinian children,
defending the right to boycott,
divesting from the bonds of occupation governments, and other timely justice issues.

We also have BIG PLANS for educating

A LOT of people throughout our church about Palestinian rights, with literature, displays, speakers, meals, and witness actions!

With very limited resources, UMKR has made a BIG  impact in the global United Methodist Church! Groundbreaking divestment and boycott actions by the UMC would never have happened without UMKR's advocacy AND all the extraordinary partners and allies who helped us.

General Conference is always our BEST OPPORTUNITY to make a worldwide impactfor Palestinian rights throughout our denomination.

But, if we are to succeed in advocating for justice with thousands of United Methodists who come to General Conference from four continents,WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Click the green button and take action now:

Please give as generously as you can, and

know that whatever you are able to give

will be greatly appreciated.