Since Dec. 2016,  UMKR has had a (slightly) new

name:  United  Methodists  for  Kairos  Response.

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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A NewCo-Chair for UMKR

August 2019 – This month, longtime UMKR activist and chair of

our Boycott & Divestment Committee Lisa Bender joined

Rev. John Wagner as co-chair of UMKR. For several years,

Lisa has spearheaded UMKR’s engagement with our

denomination’s primary investing agency, Wespath. She has a

Palestinian daughter-in-law and has visited the Holy Land

multiple times. Until her retirement in 2018, Lisa served as

Connectional Ministries staff in the UMC's Susquehanna

Conference in Pennsylvania for 18 years. She has been a

delegate to the UMC’s top decision-making body, General Conference, in 2012, 2016, and 2019. 

Throughout these years, Andy has delved into every aspect of UMKR’s work: helping to shape boycott campaigns, writing church legislation for divestment, preparing educational resources, planning national events, organizing ecumenical political action, and so much more!

UMKR would not be where we are today without Andy’s dedication and her broad experience in social activism. She has had a lasting impact in our movement and our denomination for the cause of Palestinian rights.  Andrea assures us she is not leaving the movement, so we are not saying "good-bye;" we expect to be hearing from her in the months ahead. Thank you Andy!


UMKR notes with deep gratitude the exemplary leadership of Andrea Whitmore, who has been our co-chair since 2016. 'Andy,' as most of us in UMKR call her, had been serving on the UMKR Steering Committee for several years before she stepped into the co-chair seat. Even before we drafted her for the SC, she was an invaluable support at the United Methodists Church General Conference of 2012 in Tampa, Florida and she hasn’t stopped working since then! 

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