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UMKR Response to the Pension Board’s Resolution

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- GBPHB's "Investment Resolution" to which the press release below refers

- the detailed UMKR response to the GBPHB "Investment Resolution"


- GBPHB's Press Release about the resolution

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March 13, 2012 – UMKR is not surprised by the Pension Board’s (GBPHB) decision to oppose the broad grassroots movement in the church to align our investments with our resolutions on Israel/Palestine.i  We know they prefer that their funds remain in current stocks. Yet when these
investments undermine clearly established goals set by our denomination, it is time to address the contradiction.

Many important groups within our church agree: The General Board of Church and Society,
General Board of Global Ministries, Black Methodists for Church Renewal, the Japanese
American Clergy Caucus, the Hispanic/Latino Caucus of the United Methodist Church and the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico (MARCHA), the Western Jurisdiction Inter-Ethnic
Coordinating Committee, the Western Jurisdiction Coordinating Committee on Asian American Ministries, seven annual conferences, and various conference committees and caucuses.ii  We have also received an outpouring of support from people of other faiths, including many Jewish people and organizations.iii

The Pension Board resolution contains many misstatements, none of which are footnoted.
UMKR footnotes all its work. We have reviewed the resolution and provided a detailed
response with this release and on our web site at It
includes careful documentation of all our statements.

The question for General Conference delegates is simple: Should our church profit from an
occupation which it has repeatedly said it wants to end? We are confident that the men
and women of our denomination will speak clearly when they answer the call from Christians in the Holy Land to put actions behind our words for a just peace.

i   Hodges, Sam, “Pension Board Says No to Divestment,” UM Portal, March 9, 2012,