The UMKR Planning Retreat 2016
United Methodist justice advocates gathering in Des Moines Iowa to discuss recent successess and challenges and plan the next chapter for UMKR, the denomination-wide movement for a just peace in the Holy Land. See details
UNITED STATEcumenical Advocacy Days 2020
Imagine! God’s Earth and People Restored
24-27 April 2020 • Arlington, VA and Washington DC
Around the world, the most marginalized communities disproportionately affected by hunger, poverty, and the structural history of colonialism and racism are experiencing the impacts of the climate crisis most profoundly. Women and children in these communities suffer the most.
Earth and its people are groaning and calling for us to respond in hope. We are all affected. Temperatures are rising dramatically and dangerously everywhere, disrupting ecological systems and every type of human activity. The generations of tomorrow depend on what we do today.
EAD 2020 will explore the intersection of climate change and economic injustice. This will galvanize our advocacy on behalf of policies and programs to chip away at the systems of oppression that keep people in poverty and push all life on earth to the brink of destruction.
ABOUT EAD: Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its recognized partners and allies, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Our goal, through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen our Christian voice and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues.
[UMKR’S NOTE: Every year, EAD includes speakers and workshops that focus on specific regions around the world, and there are usually several pertaining to Israel.Palestine, as well as a mealtime gathering for Israel/Palestine activists.]
Learn more: advocacydays.org/2020-imagine-gods-earth-people-restored
Sabeel Young Adult International Gathering
17-25 June 2020 • Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth
In this time of great polarization, fundamentalism and grave injustice, we are seeing a generation of young people rise who are longing for theologies that liberate and bring hope to the oppressed, the marginalized, and the broken-hearted. Such theologies have developed among oppressed Christians worldwide, including among Palestinians. These theologies have inspired strength, hope, and a continual commitment to Jesus’ teachings of a just peace and nonviolent resistance to all forms of oppression.
This gathering provides an opportunity for young people from around the world, ages 18-35, to engage first-hand with local young Palestinians and hear their stories, learn more about the current realities on the ground, explore and discuss together liberation theology, nonviolence, engaging Christian Zionism, and to work together to take action.
Learn more: sabeel.org/2020/02/05/sabeel-1st-young-adult-gathering
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) Advocacy Summit
Equal in God’s Eyes: Human Rights & Dignity for All in Israel/Palestine
21-23 June 2020 • Washington DC and Alexandria, VA
Injustice and strife have created victims on all sides of the conflict in Israel and Palestine. From local communities to the Middle East as a whole, no group goes untouched. The conflict denies dignity and fundamental human rights for every individual living through the situation.
The best way to change the world is by changing how we act in the world: treating others as Christ demands us; following the example of early Christians who blazed a trail of equality. As followers of Christ, we are all equal in God’s eyes. At Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) we believe that our differences should not divide us, rather they should open opportunities for learning, growth, and community.
Join us June 21-23, 2020, in the Washington, D.C. area for our annual advocacy summit where we will work to remove the obstacles that prevent us from seeing both Israelis and Palestinians as human beings and deserving of human rights and help us move toward seeing everyone as equal in God’s eyes and the actions that follow out of that belief. CMEP embraces an impassioned call for justice and peace for all people of the Middle East.
Learn more: cmep.org/summit2020/
Friends of Sabeel North America - FOSNA
Counter CUFI 2020
28-29 June 2020 • Washington DC
For too long, Palestinians have been calling for freedom, justice, and equality. As organizations that share these values, we urge you to join us in confronting Christians United for Israel (CUFI). CUFI has quietly become the largest organization in the United States driving support for Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people. With over seven million members, CUFI uses its political leverage to ensure ongoing U.S. support for Israel’s colonization and military occupation of Palestine, including imprisoning Palestinian children; bombing homes, schools, and hospitals in Gaza; massacring peaceful protestors; and confiscating Palestinian land. By its own admission, CUFI led the charge to have the U.S. recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and it continues to pushes for unconstitutional anti-BDS legislation and illegal settlement expansion.
CUFI is a Christian Zionist organization: its ideology and politics are deeply entrenched in white nationalism, anti-Muslim racism, anti-Semitism, and other systems of oppression. In spite of its strong political influence on the Hill, CUFI has operated largely under the radar and received little attention in comparison with groups like AIPAC. Until now. We cannot allow CUFI's influence to go unchallenged. This is the moment to act. We call on people of faith and allies to the Palestinian struggle to take action at future CUFI events. It will take each and every one of us to rise against racism, to reclaim and protect our communities, and to uphold the liberation of all people in the vision of justice, equality, and freedom.
Join us in Washington D.C. on June 28-29, 2020 for our national action!
Learn more: www.fosna.org/countercufi
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.
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, events, 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 withoutUMKR's advocacy AND all the extraordinary partners and allies who helped us.
General Conference is always our BEST OPPORTUNITY to make an impact for Palestinian rights throughout our denomination, on four continents.
But if we are to succeed advocating for justice
with over 5000 United Methodists who come to General Conference from around the world...
WE URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP!
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