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United Methodist conferences oppose Israeli apartheid in 2022, take actions to defend Palestinian human rights
Oregon-Idaho and New England UMs join growing global consensus on Israeli apartheid; Iowa and Northern Illinois oppose Christian Zionism, the latter also supports congressional bill H.R. 2590 and defends the right to boycott.
A Change in UMKR Leadership: Rev. John Wagner Retires
After 12 years of dedication to our advocacy movement for Palestinian rights, John Wagner, a UMKR co-founder and longtime co-chair, is retiring.
See the announcement by Lisa Bender, UMKR Co-chair
See the tribute from Ann Craig of LYNC
Black-Palestinian Solidarity: webinar explores a game-changing relationship between liberation struggles
Solidarity between Black Americans and Palestinians has a long and storied history, from the fateful stand by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the 1960’s, to the unequivocal public support from Black Lives Matter and passionate speeches by Rev. Dr. William Barber II, leader of the Poor People’s Campaign, in the 2010’s and 20’s.
Webinar Series dives deep into the “Doctrine of Discovery”
From Popes to Presidents, the “Doctrine of Discovery” has empowered global leaders to change the lives of indigenous people throughout history. An upcoming five-part webinar series will explore the history and impact of the doctrine and the legacy of conquest that Christians have inherited to this day.
See the press release
United Methodist Church: Opposing Israeli Settlements since 1976
United Methodist leaders, members appalled by Trump administration’s disregard for international law and human rights, acceptance of crime of colonialism.
UMKR Condemns Israel’s Apartheid Law
July 2018 – See the press release
UMKR Condemns Israel's Response to the Great March of Return 2018
June 2018 – See it here
BDS movement nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
February 2018 – Read more and take action to support the nomination
Listing resolutions adopted and actions taken, by resolution and by region
Twelve United Methodist Missionaries Write to Donald Trump
Open letter opposes moving U.S. embassy to Jerusalem
UMKR welcomes new United Methodist investment fund
Notes the need to apply long-standing church policy on Israeli occupation to other church funds
Energized by General Conference
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