​​UMKR Sept-Dec Newsletter:
Black Church Call, Trump's EO, 🎄This Season, South African Methodists,
Church Leaders and members are "all in"
for HR 2407, 2020 Trips, and more...See our news & action

Dual Palestine Conferences:

Kairos Palestine's 10th

Anniversary and Sabeel's

International Gathering
The experiences and reflections of

United Methodists who attended these

back-to-back events in Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
December 2019 –
See their reports

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. 
November 2019 –
See the press release

Kairos Palestine Statement on House Demolitions
Palestinian Christians speak to "hard hearts" as Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes rise; remind Israel it is God's law that truly protects
September 2019 – Read the statement

Jerusalem from the Lens of a Native Son
– Ghettoization and Pauperization

UMKR activist Philip Farah visits his homeland and reports on the dismal transformation he sees in Jerusalem
August 2019 –
Read the article

UMC Regional Bodies Adopt 8 Resolutions

Addressing Palestinian Rights
Ethical investing, particularly

regarding government bonds, and the

plight of Palestinian children were the

primary focus of eight resolutions related

to Palestinian rights that United Methodist

annual conferences (regional bodies) in the

United States adopted in May and June 2019.
July 2019 –
Read the report

UMKR Responds to GC2019 and Judicial Council Rulings of April 2019

UMKR grieves over exclusionary legislation of GC2019, renews commitment to LYNC Vision, and invites all United Methodists to work for a just peace in the Holy Land.
April 2019 –
Read the statement

African Americans Show How Palestinian

Solidarity Is Done

M. Theresa Basile
Reviewing Michelle Alexander's NY Times Op-Ed "Time to Break the Silence on Palestine in the contexts of Black-Palestinian solidarity in recent years and of the praise and denunciations it has received.
January 2019 –
Read the article

Time to Break the Silence on Palestine
Michelle Alexander, The NY Times
January 2019 – Author of the 

"The New Jim Crow" compares

Martin Luther King's controversial

opposition to the Vietnam War to

the current issues surrounding

support for Palestinian rights,

especially when African Americans take a stand. Describing the changes and challenges in the U.S. public debate - with a mention of the United Methodist Church's divestment from Israeli banks – Alexander identifies Palestinian rights as a cause she cannot ignore in 2019. 
January 2019 –
See the editorial

Unite to Protect Americans' Right to Boycott

Fifteen faith organizations have issued a statement condemning the current bill in the Senate that would support state legislation penalizing those who support a boycott targeting Israeli  human rights abuses. They call on all Americans to contact legislators and urge them to oppose such legislation.
January 2019 –
See the statement

2018 Year in Review: UMKR & Partners' News
Our annual "mega edition" of The Response includes

a full review of UMKR activities in the previous year, a selection of the

biggest news from faith communities and other partners, and our top picks of 2018 resources. 
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Ecumenical Statement from 16 Christian Leaders:
Current U.S. Policy, Israel/Palestine, and the Churches

This statement was sent to all members of the U.S. Congress, as well as to the White House. It addresses the disturbing shifts in U.S. policy regarding Israel/Palestine during the Trump Administration. 
November 2018 – 
See the statement

UMKR & LYNC: We Are Stronger Together
UMKR has taken
an important step in the vital work of intersectional justice by joining the Love Your Neighbor Coalition (LYNC) in the United Methodist Church.​ 
October 2018 –
Read more about this action

Seminal  Conference of 2018 Makes Clear:

The Future of Justice Activism Is Intersectional
The September USCPR national conference, Together We Rise,  brought  together the most diverse lineup of presenters yet seen in the movement for Palestinian rights, put remarkable women in the limelight, and unmistakably set the intersectional path for the movement's future. 

 October 2018 – See the report

FOSNA Conference Empowers Faith-Based Organizing
FOSNA’s gathering in St Paul MN just before the national USCPR conference brought together over 100 leaders and activists from across the United States who, along with a racially diverse lineup of presenters, came together to explore how to strengthen local and national organizing for Palestine, with an appropriate and strong focus on church activism.
October 2018 –
See the report

Reaching Evangelical Christians in the Bible Belt
UMKR provided
multi-faceted support for the first-ever Christ at the Checkpoint conference in the United States, which featured

an impressive lineup of speakers from Palestine and across the U.S. and, like similar conferences in Bethlehem, focused on reaching evangelical Christians and refuting the theology of Christian Zionism.  
October 2018 –
See the report​

LYNC Convo Includes Call to Palestinian Solidarity
The national gathering of the Love Your Neighbor Coalition focused strongly on the upcoming 2019 Special General Conference, with diverse views of the proposed plans for the future of the UMC. Two dozen workshops in that weekend included "Why We Should Be in Solidarity with Palestinian Christians" presented by Giselle Lawn, former RMN board member and Rev. John Wagner, Co-chair of UMKR. 
August 2018 –
 Read the report

2018 Resolutions Focus on Palestinian Children
Among the eleven Palestine-related resolutions adopted in annual conference this year, eight addressed the human rights of Palestinian children and their abuse in Israeli military detention.
July 2018 – See the report

UMKR Condemns Israel’s Apartheid Law
UMKR joins numerous partners in condeming the recent adoption by the Israeli legislature of the Nation State Law. This bill now enshrines in Israel's Basic Law, the Israeli equivalent to a national constitution, the denial of equal rights for Palestinian Israeli citizens who comprise 20% or more of Israel's population.
July 2018 –
See the press release

Palestinian Missionary challenges UMC Leaders
Rev. Alex Awad, a retired UMC missionary and member
of the UMKR Steering Committee challenges UMC leaders to do more for the people of the Holy Land, with several concrete suggestions for action. 
May 2018 –
 See the letter

UMKR Condemns Israel's Response to
the Great March of Return 2018

UMKR condemns without reservation Israel’s deliberate killing of over
100 protesting Gazans and the maiming of thousands since protests
began on 30 March 2018, Palestinian Land Day, and through the
following weeks. 
See the statement

8000 United Methodist Women and UMKR is there
The largest gathering in the United Methodist Church isn't our General Conference, it is the United Methodist Women Assembly.  UMKR had a successful display table at the UMW Assembly 2018. As a result of our special focus on education and action for the  catastrophic conditions in Gaza, hundreds of personal solar lights for individuals to use were sent to families in Gaza.
May 2018 – 
See the report


Our latest tweets

​​From the Christian community of Palestine, this profound statement of faith & urgent call to action has mobilized Christians worldwide.  Learn more


United Methodists reject disgraceful

U.S. position change, now saying Israeli settlements may not be illegal.  See it



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​​Resolutions for GC 2020

See resolutions that UMKR and partners have submitted for General Conference in May: protecting children from incarceration and abuse and defending our right to boycott for justice.  See them

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the Holy Land and advocacy for a just peace. In black & white for easy copying.

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UMKR Sept-Dec Newsletter: Black Church Call, Trump's EO, 🎄This Season, South Africa Methodists, more... See it

​​​PCAP CAMPAIGN FOR UNRWA: Support the vital services of this agency for Palestinian refugees. Learn more

Coming Events

Kairos Palestine's and Sabeel's 2019 Conferences in Palestine: hear from

UM organizers who attended See more

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 our Palestinian sisters and brothers in Christ – freedom, justice and equality for all Palestinians and Israelis.

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​​Michelle Alexander, NY Times - Renowned author and civil rights leaders goes on the record: Palestinian rights is a cause she cannot remain silent about.  See the op-ed


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