Methodists to Sell Shares as a Protest Over Israel

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN, The New York Times JUNE 12, 2014

The pension board of the nation’s largest mainline Protestant denomination, the United Methodist Church, has decided to divest its shares in a British company that supplies security equipment to Israel for use in prisons and in the occupied West Bank.

The move comes as Israel […]

United Methodist Church Divests From Security Firm Targeted For Work In Palestinian Territories

A United Methodist Church fund is divesting from a multinational security firm that activists have criticized for its work in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

The church’s General Board of Pension and Health Benefits is selling its stock in the U.K.-based G4S, which provides equipment and services for Israeli prisons, checkpoints and settlements in the […]

Largest Mainline Protestant Church in U.S. Divests from Company Involved in Israeli Occupation


Amid concerns raised by church justice advocates, United Methodist Church Pensions sells all stocks in G4S, a supplier of security services and equipment for Israeli prisons, settlements, checkpoints and Separation Wall.

Los Angeles – The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) of The United Methodist Church, which manages an investment portfolio of […]

Palestinian-American human rights activist who spoke for Methodist divestment deported from Israel

Israel targets Palestinian-American human rights activist for deportation

By John Wag­ner, Con­vener of United Methodist Kairos Response The fol­low­ing arti­cle comes to Unbound in response to our recent cov­er­age of the divest­ment debate, brought before the United Methodist Gen­eral Con­fer­ence ear­lier in May and com­ing before the Pres­by­ter­ian Church (U.S.A.) Gen­eral Assem­bly at the end […]

United Methodists taking action for a just peace in Israel/Palestine

Some speeches from the UMC GC floor

Resolution on Opposition to Israeli Settlements (Endorsing Boycott & End US Military Aid, etc.)

TINA A. WHITEHEAD (Click to watch – minute 26:43)

I served as a conference volunteer missionary from Western Pennsylvania to Israel-Palestine. For the past 10 years, I have been responding to a deep sense of call to be a voice for […]

It took decades for South Africa boycott resolutions to gain traction

by Philip Weiss on May 4, 2012

Two important voices reflecting on the defeat of a divestment resolution Wednesday by the general conference of the United Methodist Church. First, Ali Abunimah, followed by Rebecca Vilkomerson. Abunimah:

Perhaps, some may conclude, the battle is too tough and what worked against South Africa can never work against […]

World United Methodist Church Recommends Boycotts & Sanctions; Rejects Divestment

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

May 4th, 2012

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation was honored to witness and support a historic vote by the world United Methodist Church (UMC)’s 2012 General Conference (GC), the highest decision-making body of the church, to adopt a resolution:

1. Urging the U.S. government […]

OnFire: the Young United Methodist justice movement: Statement on Divestment

This is a statement read from the floor on Wednesday during the divestment debate, in which a statement was passed but too watered down to be effective.

by Sara Ann Swenson, May 4, 2012

Hello, my name is Sara Ann Swenson, lay delegate from Minnesota. I am 23 years old, and I am here, like […]

BNC: United Methodists Call for Boycott of “products made by Israeli companies operating in occupied Palestinian territories”

Adopting the “Kairos Palestine” document, Methodists Elevate Palestinian Rights and Israel Divestment to Mainstream Prominence

“Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph; a beginning, a struggle and a victory.” –Gandhi

Occupied Palestine, 3 May 2012 – The General Conference of the United Methodist Church decided yesterday to call for […]