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.
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.