for our work to continue.
UMKR needs your support
General Conference 2020 has been
scheduled for Aug-Sept 2021. Our justice legislation is still vital & needs
YOUR support! LEARN MORE:
🔶 See New Items 🔴 New on our site
United Methodists for Kairos Response (UMKR) has grown over the years and continues to be a strong voice in leading the denomination to put actions to its words. There have been boycotts, church divestment actions, and multiple resolutions passed in annual conferences and at General Conferences. We maintain an enormous website, an active Google Group, regular action alerts and informative newsletters. We travel, we write, we speak, we sponsor events, we lead groups to Palestine, we connect with Palestinian Christians and Muslims in our local communities, we work with other partner organization, and so much more.
It’s time to celebrate UMKR!
Join our founding members, our past co-chairs, current Steering Committee members and special guests as we join together in a brief time of worship, then reflect on our struggles, our victories, and the relationships we've established.
UMKR’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, 18 November 2020
10am PT, 1pm ET (US, Canada) / 6pm UTC / 8pm Palestine
Ten years ago, diverse United Methodists from many annual conferences discovered they weren’t alone in their desire to see their church take concrete actions to support the Palestinian people in their quest for freedom, equality and justice. In October 2010, roughly two dozen laity and clergy, most of whom had never met, gathered in Elmhurst, Illinois to plan how they would move the United Methodist Church take meaningful action that could make an impact, such as divestment from businesses that were enabling and profiting from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.
In the Kairos Palestine Document, launched less than a year before, Christians in Palestine had called out for just such actions, asking their fellow Christians in the global Church “Can you help us get our freedom back?” The word Kairos means "the right time" and implies that now is the opportune moment for change. The founders of UMKR embraced the Kairos Palestine call in their identity and purpose.
WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW.
Below that, see links shared in the Chat during the celebration.
LINKS SHARED DURING OUR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Articles by Alex Awad at UMKR’s website:
The full video “Bethlehem” (a portion shown in the celebration):
Longer version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFAsXjqzxR8&t=12s
Shorter version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnVxykNxxiU&t=4s
The BDS Movement website:
Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel,
Holy Land Travel webinar
All UMKR-MFSA 2020 webinars
Our General Conference 2021 resolutions
"From the Heart" UMKR 2016 video - UMC Holy Land Missionaries:
Scroll down the page to see the video.