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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.
Introduction to the Israeli Occupation
Produced by United Methodists' Holy Land Task Force, in the California-Pacific Conference, this 4-page resource covers a lot of ground, a helpful way to get started
Download it in color
Download it in black and white
Working for a Just and Lasting Peace in Israel and Palestine
What You Should Know • How You Can Help.
From 2017: A comprehensive 36-page education and advocacy packet, commissioned by the UMC General Conference 2016, and prepared by two United Methodist General Boards: Global Ministries and Church & Society,
Resources Catalog - "This is the Kairos"
A resource from 2014, this catalog has many offerings that are still relevant and useful today.
A collection of recommended resources for learning about Israel/Palestine and the call to action from Palestinian Christians, and for advocacy for a just peace in the Holy Land. Includes materials and information in these sections: Kairos Palestine, Education, U.S. Policy, BDS, Responsible Tourism, Films & Books, and Organizations/Websites.
See and download it
This page does not have a comprehensive listing of all our recommended resources. We have too many on our site to list them all here. Some other key pages where you can find resources for specific topics and campaigns:
Israeli Detention of Palestinian Children
The Right to Boycott
It is Apartheid
On this page you will find some general resources on Israel/Palestine not found elsewhere on our website, as well as resource collections created for one of the UMC General Conferences and for other events or church legislation.
Farther down, we have some UMKR resources arranged by our primary Action Areas: Divestment, Boycott, Political Action, Education and Tourism.
All these resources have diverse uses throughout the year: class study guides,
brochures for growing the movement, PowerPoint presentations for your group, and more. Our resource offerings include materials in print, video,
and other mediums for Israel/Palestine education and advocacy.
*An asterisk before a title indicates a resource created by UMKR.
UMKR's 2019 Resolutions and Resources for Annual Conferences
Find them here
UMKR's 2018 resolutions and associated resources:
Find them here
UMKR's 2017 resolutions and associated resources:
Resources from General Conference 2016
Find them here
For older UMKR resources, please visit our Resources Archive
Dec. 2016 –Please note that some of our resources refer to UMKR by our former name. Our current name is: United Methodists for Kairos Response.
General Conference 2020 has been
scheduled for Aug-Sept 2022. Our justice legislation is still vital & needs
YOUR support! LEARN MORE:
Resources Home Page
Photos of Israel/Palestine taken by United Methodists and friends on their visits. Useful for illustrating the current reality of the Israeli occupation. See the gallery
Firsthand descriptions from United Methodists and others of what they have seen and heard when visiting or living in Israel/Palestine. See these
for our work to continue.
UMKR needs your support
Video collection for UMKR Display at GC 2012
* "Answering the Call" - divestment video
"Rabbis Support Church Divestment from the Israeli Occupation"
"Divestiture - Two Opinions"
"Israelis Appeal to Methodists"
* "United Methodists Taking Action at General Conference 2012"
See this collection
Plenary Sessions of the landmark UMC conference: "Walking with Palestinian Christians..for Holy Justice and Peace."
See the conference videos
See many statements of support for UMC Divestment at ourEndorsements home page.
See the home page for Boycott
* Boycott PowerPoint Presentations:
2015 Boycott PPT and
* Seizing the Mandate- research on settlements products
UMC Resolution:Opposition to Israeli Settlements on Palestinian Land
*Constituent Letter to Representative: Co-Sponsor HR 2407: The Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act. - May 2019
* Briefing Paper on Anti-BDS Legsislation -- February 2016
* UMKR Letter on BDS to Hillary Clinton - August 2015
See the home page for Education
Kairos Palestine Study Guide, from the Israel-Palestine Mission Network, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - (scroll down the page)
Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primerby Phyllis Bennis
Steadfast Hope: class for church and study groups to learn about Israel/Palestine
It is Apartheid:A collection of the major reports on Israeli apartheid
Worship and Devotional Resources- see this page for many resources to use throughout the year
See the home page for Tourism
We have many brochures and flyers from recommended tour organizers. Find them at our Tourism home page.