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Episcopalians Scuttle Anti-Israel Divestment

July 2, 2015

On the same day that the Mennonite Church USA voted to delay consideration on a divestment proposal, Bishops in the Episcopal Church meeting in Salt Lake City have rejected a similar resolution.

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United Church of Christ and Israel: A Timeline

July 1, 2015

The General Synod of the United Church of Christ, an approximately 1 million member denomination formed from the 1957 merger of the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the General Council of the Congregational Christian…

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IRD: United Church of Christ Votes to Divest from Israel

June 30, 2015

“The fast declining United Church of Christ’s vote today to divest from and boycott businesses doing business with Israel is sad but fortunately mostly inconsequential.”

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Episcopal General Convention Begins This Week

June 23, 2015

Deputies from across the Episcopal Church will gather in Salt Lake City, Utah for the denomination’s triennial General Convention beginning this week.

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Anti-Israel Activists to Try Divestment Again at Episcopal General Convention

May 29, 2015

Anti-Israel activists are seeking to build momentum for a divestment campaign in the Episcopal Church. Don’t expect any mention of Hamas or rocket attacks.

From L-to-R: Henry-Crowe, Hoshibata, and GBCS board secretary Chelsea Calderon (Photo: GBCS / Rick Reinhard)

Methodist Lobby: Divest from Israel, Invest in North Korea, Legalize Prostitution

May 11, 2015

The United Methodist lobby office’s General Conference agenda now includes divesting from Israel, investing in North Korea, and advocating for legalized prostitution.

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United Methodism’s Human Rights Hat-Trick of Early 2015

February 19, 2015

Celebrating three recent examples of much-needed responsibility and moral consistency in United Methodist human-rights advocacy.

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IRD’s Top Church News Stories of 2014

December 30, 2014

A Sudanese woman sentenced to die for her faith, church disputes and friction between religious freedom and LGBTQ causes made news throughout 2014.

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When Does Pro-Palestinian Advocacy Cross the Line into Anti-Semitism?

December 8, 2014

When do attacks on Israel cross the line into anti-Semitism? Liberal United Methodists recently got into rather dangerous territory.

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United Methodist Agencies, Activists Rally Against Israel

December 5, 2014

With the support of several UMC agencies, Mike Slaughter’s Ginghamsburg Church hosts conference with radical anti-Israel agenda.

A panel discussion at the conference.  From L-R: Rev. Bruce Robbins (one of the event organizers), GBPHB General Secretary Barbara Boigegrain, Rev. Susan Henry Crowe of the GBCS, and GBGM chief Thomas Kemper (Photo credit: John Lomperis / IRD)

United Methodist Conference Promotes Anti-Israel Divestment, “Boycotting All Things Israeli”

December 3, 2014

A recent pro-Palestinian rally supported by several United Methodist agencies promoted an agenda of divestment and “boycotting all things Israeli.”

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Lost in Translation: Film Misapplies MLK to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

July 15, 2014

Do Palestinians have a “modern-day civil rights movement” with a “very, very clear” relationship to America’s civil rights past?