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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 .
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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.
World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel (WWPPI) 2016
The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches invites member churches, faith-based communities, and civil organizations around the world to join together in 2016 for a week of advocacy and action in support of a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel.
Congregations and individuals around the globe who share the hope of justice shall unite during the week of 18-24 September 2016, to take peaceful actions to create a common international public witness.
The theme of the week 18-24 September 2016 is: "Dismantling Barriers."
In social media, please use the hashtag #DismantlingBarriers to talk about this year's World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel
This annual observance of a week of prayer, education, and advocacy calls participants to work for an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine, so that Palestinians and Israelis can finally live in peace. It has been 66 years since the creation of the State of Israel. This has not led to the creation of an independent Palestinian state but has only deepened the tragedy of the Palestinian people. It is now 47 years since the occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza overwhelmed the peaceful vision of one land, two peoples. WWPPI participants shall send a clear signal to policy-makers, community groups, and their own parishes about the urgent need for a peace settlement that ends the illegal occupation and secures the legitimate rights and future of both peoples.
UMKR encourages all United Methodists to join in this week for peace by using the activities and liturgy created for this year's program: "Dismantling Barriers."
How to get involved
Below you will find links to a wide-range of resources, graphics, worship guides and photos to use during the week. They have been created by an international team, under the direction and leadership of Palestinian Christians and the churches of the Holy Land.
Some Christian groups are creating daily emails to be sent out that week. Others are creating ecumenical gatherings, or even interfaith ones. Others are sending the entire resource kit to their members.
How you choose to be involved is up to you!
What is important is that each of us participate this time of reflection and prayer, education, and advocacy for peace in Palestine and Israel. Each program, event, or email is an important part of the global witness of WWPPI.
Please check out this website for details:
For the liturgy, see:
For the resource book, see:
For the WWPPI Exhibit that you can use:
This year we received the assistance of a professional photographer/journalist who has put together an exhibition that on our website. Please check the resources section for instructions on how this can be used to maximum advantage.
Accompanying this are instructions, a Handout, and an introductory text.
We hope that you will consider joining the churches and faith-based advocacy groups across the globe in this week of prayer, study and commitment to furthering just peace in Palestine and Israel.
Walking with Palestinian Christians
The first denomination-wide United Methodist conference on Israel/Palestine, organized by the General Board of Global Ministries and presented at the mega-church Ginghamsburg UMC.
including text and videos from plenary sessions.
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The UMKR Planning Retreat 2016
Join United Methodists for Kairos Response (UMKR) at our planning retreat on Saturday, October 8, 2016, hosted by First United Methodist Church, in Des Moines, Iowa.
During the retreat, we will evaluate the work of UMKR, discuss areas of focus for the future, and recruit enthusiastic and interested United Methodists to become part of the leadership in this growing movement to help end the occupation in Palestine.
Friday, Oct 7:
Evening Arrivals and opening gathering: introductions and overview
Saturday, Oct 8:
8:30 Coffee and greetings
9:00 Opening Devotional
9:15 Session 1: Evaluating the work from 2010-present
10:45 Session 2: Evaluating UMKR Organizational Structure
1:00 Session 3: Setting Goals and Vision for 2017 & beyond
2:45 Session 4: Nominations/Recommendations for
Steering Committee & Officers
3:30 Assigning roles and tasks
4:00 Open Forum
5:00 Closing worship
6:00 Closing dinner
Sunday, Oct 9:
Opportunities to attend and/or speak in local churches
Register for the Retreat!
Download the registration form.
Fill out the form and send it attached to an email to Janet Lahr Lewis: email@example.com.
Registrations should be submitted by September 15, 2016.
UMKR will pay for one night’s hotel stay for retreat participants,
as well as lunch and dinner on Saturday, Oct 8th.
UMKR has a group rate at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown:
$99 per night + tax.
700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-245-5500 • Fax: 515-245-5567
Please note: Reservations at the UMKR group rate cannot be made online.
You must call the hotel and ask for the "UMKR" group rate.
A free airport shuttle is available from the hotel.
Participants are responsible for paying for all hotel expenses and meals that are not covered by UMKR.
Participants are expected to make their own travel plans and also their own hotel reservations, unless you are requesting a roommate: see that option in
If you cannot attend the retreat but would like to make a donation to support this event, you can do that by mail or online:
DONATE ONLINE – You can make a quick and secure donation at the UMKR website - click here. You can add a note to your Paypal donation that this is a ”Retreat Donation.”
DONATE BY MAIL – Please make your check payable to our fiscal agent “Open Table of Christ UMC” and write “UMKR Retreat” on the memo line.
Mail your check to: William Aldrich, 42 Gaspee Point Dr., Warwick, RI 02888.
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