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United Methodists are responding to the urgent call from Palestinian Christians in Kairos Palestine:  
A Moment of Truth,  to end the Israeli occupation and achieve a just peace in the Holy Land. UMKR seeks, through nonviolent action and in partnership with Christians in Palestine:  Freedom, Justice, and Equality for All Palestinians and Israelis.

UMKR needs your support

General Conference 2020 has been

scheduled for Aug-Sept 2021. Our justice legislation is still vital and

needs your support!  LEARN MORE:

The Holy Land holds profound significance for United Methodists, as it does for all Christians, Jews and Muslims.  When we go there, we “walk where Jesus walked” and feel a connection perhaps never before experienced. We also encounter the real people living and working in this region, all children of one God.














In order to live our values when we visit the Holy Land, UMKR urges all United Methodists to use the UMC General Conference resolutions on Israel/Palestine (see them in the list of resources on the right), especially the resolution on Holy Land Tours. 
See it on our website
Tell your tour organizer it is important to you that your tour comply with these important aspects of travel in Israel-Palestine. 


Walk with the people of our faith in the  place where it all began.

Experience the Holy Land of the past and the present by breaking bread and worshiping  with the
descendants of the original disciples of Christ
who have kept our faith alive through the ages.

RECOMMENDED TRIPS
To see the tour providers with trips that UMKR would recommend and get 

info on their upcoming trips,click here.


RESOURCES


The UMKR flyer on

responsible tourism:

Experience the Holy Land: The United Methodist Way - in color

Experience the Holy Land - B&W


United Methodist resolutions

on Israel/Palestine:
#6031: "Holy Land Tours"
#6111: "Opposition to Israeli Settlements in Palestinian Land"


Organize Your Own Trip

with help from Friends of Sabeel (FOSNA)
See their trip advisors and get started


Methodist Advance Projects

and Partners in the Holy Land: 

Get the list


Whitewashing Israel Apartheid and Occupation
The Kairos Palestine statement on the Chicago lawyers trip in 2019  
See it

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!


EVERY DONATION – large, medium, or small –
makes a difference in our work!

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Please give as generously as you can, and know that whatever you are able to give
will be greatly appreciated.
   

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Come and See:
A Call from Palestinian Christians 

Guidelines for Christians Contemplating

a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

These guidelines were developed in 2010 at a consultative meeting in Geneva to promote justice tourism for pilgrims to Palestine-Israel.
     Representing 14 countries, a group of 27 theologians, Palestinian Christian activists and professionals in the tourism industry called on Christian pilgrims to live their faith as they visit the Holy Land, going beyond homage of ancient sites to show concern for the Palestinian people living there whose lives are severely constricted
by the Israeli occupation of their lands.
     The meeting was organized by Alternative Tourism Group (ATG) in cooperation with the Ecumenical Coalition on Tourism (ECOT ), Kairos Palestine and the World Council of Churches (WCC) through its initiative the Palestine-Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF).

Download this resource

For decades, millions of Christians have come to the

Holy Land only as spectators, touring holy sites as they

would museums, not knowing that these are living

places of worship and never realizing that their

pilgrimage was missing something very important:

meaningful interaction with those who share our faith.


Questions to ask tour organizers
Whether you are leading a tour or going on one organized

by others,  the following questions can help you discern

whether the tour follows UMC resolutions regarding the

Holy Land.
• Will we have opportunities to visit and worship with

    Palestinian Christians?
• Can you assure us that none of the hotels or restaurants we will use are located in

    the Israeli settlements?
• Will we spend at least one night in Bethlehem with opportunities to meet local people

    beyond tourist sites and shopping?
• Will we visit at least two UMC Advance Special Missions? 
Download UMC Advance Projects


Recommended tours
On our website, you will find tours that can provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

These range from Biblical studies to studies of the current realities of life

in Israel/ Palestine. They all provide significant opportunities to know the people of

the Holy Land. 
Click here to see recommended tour
providers and their upcoming trips.