In 2015, at the United Church of Christ's 30th General Synod, representatives voted to support the denomination's divestment from companies benefiting from Israel's illegal occupation of the West Bank and from four international corporations with proven records of human rights violations in connection with the conflict.

 

Over 40 members of Peace United wrote a letter in support of the resolution, encouraging synod representatives to vote for it.

In April 2016, on April 29 and 30, Peace United will host an international gathering of activitists and religious leaders exploring the Palestinian call to boycott, divestment and sanctions.  In particular, the two-day conference will highlight KAIROS-PALESTINE, a 2009 letter from Palestinian clergy and theologians, calling on Christians in the west to support the strategy of economic nonviolence.

 

We're committed to conversation, strategy and hope--in the spirit and manner of King's Civil Rights Movement and Mandela's South African Freedom Movement and Gandhi's 'satyagraha' in India.  We will not treat those who disagree with contempt.  And we will not use broad strokes to demean entire peoples, nations or religions.  Instead we seek a peace that reconciles all peoples and creates the conditions for mutual creativity and health.  For all.

 

You'll find more information and on-line registration here below.

An easy link to on-line registration for the April 29-30 conference at Peace United Church.

See an up-to-date schedule of plenary speakers, workshops and events.

Learn more about the BDS movement and how it's being covered in Israel itself. 972 Magazine is an important journalistic voice in Israel itself, reporting on politics, conflict and efforts to bring peace and resolution.

A plenary speaker in April, Omar Barghouti is co-founder of the BDS movement.  Opinionated, direct...here he gives an interview on the BDS' founding in human rights principles and challenges activists face in promoting social change.

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Omar Barghouti (left) and Lara Kiswani (right): speakers at the April Conference

Particularly important to several of us has been the witness of Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers.  Rulah and Yael at Sadaka-Reut Youth Partnership (above) were especially clear and helpful in calling on Western allies to pursue creative and nonviolent economic strategies.

Read the 2009 document that calls on Christians to hear the cry of the Palestinian church...and its call to nonviolence and solidarity.  What's the message?  What kind of theology stands behind the call?  What might it mean to offer the oppressed church 'a privileged voice' in our theological and ethical discernment?

"The United Church of Christ will remain a friend and ally with our partners and the people of Palestine," says UCC General Minister John Dorhauer. "While we recognize the right of the State of Israel to exist within secure and recognized borders, we will nonetheless continue to challenge that government to end its illegal occupation of Palestinian territories, and continue to assert Palestinian rights to self-determination in a state of their own."

In 2015, over 40 members and friends wrote a letter of support, articulating a sense of solidarity with Palestinian church leaders and Israeli peacemakers and urging the UCC's adoption of a bold resolution on divestment and boycott.

Read an inspiring letter of support for UCC activists from Desmond Tutu, Nobel Laureate and Archbishop Emeritus in South Africa.  Tutu's spirited support for Palestinian leaders in the nonviolent movement has cost him dearly; still he speaks out with passion and urgency.

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NEWS REPORT: Religion & Ethics Newsweekly as seen on on PBS

THE REV. MITRI RAHEB: The Importance of Solidarity & Nonviolence

A report on the UCC's action at General Synod 30 in 2015 and why it matters.

Human rights activist and Palestinian physician, Mustafa Barghouti was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (by Northern Ireland's own laureate Mairead Maguire in 2010.  An advocate for Palestinian civil society and grassroots democracy, he cofounded Al Mubadara (the Palestinian National Initiative), along with Dr. Haider Abdel-Shafi, Ibrahim Dakak and Edward Said, and currently serves as its secretary general. An alternative to the Palestinian political parties Fatah and Hamas, Al Mubadara aims to build the institutional framework of Palestinian civil society and promote the principles of internal democracy and good governance.  He is a cousin of BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti.

Much is said about the BDS movement and its 'unfair targeting' of Israel.  Does this promote anti-Semitism arouind the world.  Here you'll find reflection on criticism of Palestinian activism and the BDS movement.

Edo Konrad on the urgency of change and the importance of support for peacemaking efforts.

Palestinian and Israeli leaders--young adults committed to new ideas and patterns of peace--speak out on the need for action and nonviolence.

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