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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.

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~ in Kairos Palestine:  A Moment of Truth ~
for effective action to end the Israeli occupation and achieve a
just peace in the Holy Land.

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More Resources from UMKR, the UMC, and others

​​Working for a Just and Lasting Peace in Israel and Palestine

What You Should Know • How You Can Help.  A comprehensive 36-page advocacy packet prepared by two United Methodist General Boards: Global Ministries and Church & Society..

Photo Gallery

Photos of Israel/Palestine taken by United Methodists and friends on their visits. Useful for illustrating the current reality of the Israeli occupation.

Dec. 2016 – Please note that some of these resources refer to UMKR by our former name. Our current name is: United Methodists for Kairos Response.

Eyewitness Reports

Firsthand descriptions from United Methodists and others of what they have seen and heard when visiting or living in Israel/Palestine.

Videos

Our videos include:

Video compilation for UMKR Display at GC 2012


* "Answering the Call" - divestment video


"Rabbis Support Church Divestment from  the Israeli Occupation"


"Divestiture - Two Opinions"


"Alice Walker - Freedom Ride"


"Israelis Appeal to Methodists"


* "United Methodists Taking Action at General Conference 2012"


​Plenary Sessions of the landmark UMC conference: "Walking with Palestinian Christians..for Holy Justice and Peace."

Divestment

*GBPHB Petition and Signature Sheets


* Divestment Q & A


* Investing Is Not Enough


* Companies Profiting from Israeli Settlements on Palestinian Land


* Companies Producing Goods & Services in Israeli Settlements on Palestinian Land


* Companies Producing Goods & Services in Moroccan Settlements, Western Sahara


* Corporate Engagement with Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard, and Motorola Solutions


See many statements of support for UMC Divestment at ourEndorsements home page.


Boycott

* Why Boycott Brochure


* Products to Boycott Insert/Flyer


* Boycott Q & A


* Settlements Boycott - Why & How


* Boycott PowerPoint Presentations:

   2015 Boycott PPT and 

   2015 Boycott PPT for the holiday season


* Boycott Preparation


* Seizing the Mandate- research on settlements products


UMC Resolution:Opposition to Israeli Settlements on Palestinian Land


U.S. Policy

* Briefing Paper on Anti-BDS Legsislation

- February 2016


*UMKR Letter on BDS to Hillary Clinton - August 2015


21 Organizations" Letter on Gaza to the U.S. State Department

- Dec. 2014


Christian Leaders' Letter to Congress on U.S. Military Aid to Israel

- Oct. 2012


Education

Kairos Palestine: A Moment of Truth


Kairos Palestine Study Guide, from the Israel-Palestine Mission Network, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - (scroll down the page)


Call to Action: U.S. Response to the Kairos Palestine Document - Study Guide and Curriculum from Kairos USA


Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primerby Phyllis Bennis


Steadfast Hope: class for church and study groups to learn about Israel/Palestine


Is Israel an Apartheid State? 

ICAHD-USA Summary (recommended)  

Commission's Executive Summary      Commission's Full Report


Worship and Devotional Resources- see this page for many resources to use throughout the year


Holy Land Tourism

We have many brochures and flyers from recommended tour organizers. Find them at our Tourism home page.


* Flyer: Experience the Holy Land, the United Methodist Way


UMC Resolution on Holy Land Tours


Methodist Advance Partners and Projects  in Israel/Palestine:

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Resources Catalog

"This the Kairos..."  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.

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For our latest action alerts, check out our Twitter feed, here on our website. Click any link to take action!

Dec. 2016 – UMKR has a (slightly) new name:  United  Methodists  for  Kairos  Response

​​General Conference 2016

• United Methodists call on Israel to end unjust practicesread the press release

Native Peoples stand with Palestinians see the video & statement

• Addressing myths & misinformation heard at GC 2016  read & download

• UMKR Resources for 2016 General Conference delegates see the resources

• UMKR speakers, rallies and volunteers: our notated photos albums for GC 2016

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News & action highlights

See our Facebook feed, here on our website, to see our recent news and action items.

​​ Sign the Petition

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 .
Sign the petition to GBPHB

Our resource offerings include materials in print, video,

and other mediums for Israel/Palestine education and advocacy.


See resolutions for Annual Conference sessions in 2017

featured at beginning of this list.


Below those resolutions, you will find UMKR resources arranged

by our primary Action Areas:

Divestment, Boycott, Political Action, Education and Tourism.

In the column to the right of those, you will find some key general resources and

collections by medium, such as Videos. 


All these resources have diverse uses throughout the year: class study guides,

brochures for growing the movement, PowerPoint presentations for your group, and more.


Find resources from General Conference 2016 on this page.

For older UMKR resources, please visit our Resources Archive


Dec. 2016 – Please note that some of these resources refer to UMKR by our former name.

Our current name is: United Methodists for Kairos Response.


* An asterisk indicates resources produced by UMKR.

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Resolutions for Annual Conferences in 2017


Avoid Purchase of Hewlett Packard Products

Calls on all conference boards, agencies, etc and individual United Methodists to refrain from purchasing HP products until this family of companies ends its involvement with the Israeli occupation. 


Study the Actions Opposing Hewlett Packard

Calls on a conference board, agency or committee to study the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the ongoing international action opposing Hewlett Packard in light of the 2009 Kairos Palestine document and provide a recommended action regarding HP to its 2018 Annual Conference.

Read and download both resolutions on HP


Consider Investing in Wespath's Equity Social Values Plus Fund (ESVPF)

Encourages conference investment managers and clergy and lay employees to put some of their funds or pensions in the ESVPF in which Wespath is responding to justice advocates call to divest from HP, Caterpillar and Motorola Solutions by excluding them from this fund.

Read and download it


Protecting the Right to Peacefully Address Injustice through

Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions

Opposing state or federal legislation that would stigmatize or penalize those who support BDS action for a just peace in Israel/Palestine. Read and download it


Resolution on Holy Land Travel

Recommendations for United Methodists who visit the Holy Land, to consult with the Methodist Liaison Office in Jerusalem, spend time with Christian Palestinians,  and more.


O Little Town of Bethlehem: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Calls for the conference to fund a trip for one person to visit the Holy Land, with a recommended tour organizer, who will report back to the conference and speak with 10 groups about the experience.

Read and download both resolutions pertaining to Holy Land Travel