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United Methodists, Israel & Divestment

January 13, 2016

Activist groups for anti-Israel divestment, who typically don’t have many victories to celebrate, are touting divestment from five Israeli banks and a construction firm by the United Methodist Board of Pensions.

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IRD’s Top Church News Stories of 2015

December 30, 2015

A professor suspended for saying Muslims and Christians worship the same God and cheating pastors exposed in a hacking scandal made news in 2015.

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The Case AGAINST United Methodist Divestment from “Companies Profiting From the Israeli Occupation”

November 13, 2015

With this recent testimony, UM Action Director John Lomperis delivered an extensive case against the push for United Methodist targeted divestment against Israel.

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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.

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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.