Promoting Mideast peace

May 28, 2013


In 2005, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ called on its members and ministries to use economic leverage to promote peace in the Middle East. Since that Synod, United Church Funds has worked actively within the UCC and with an ecumenical task force — comprising at least 20 different denominations, communions and Roman Catholic orders — to achieve the goals reflected in the Synod resolution. The following resources and links provide information on the conflict and on the efforts in which UCF has engaged toward the goal of a peaceful end to the Occupation.

Reference Documents

The following set of documents offers a sampling of key letters, statements and theological proclamations related primarily to the United Church of Christ’s engagements and actions.

General Synod Resolution The resolution Concerning Use of Economic Leverage in Promoting Peace in the Middle East — passed by General Synod with a vote of 529 Yes, 168 No, 12 Abstaining; officially approved by Executive Council in October 2005.
Kairos Palestine The call to Christians from Palestinian Christian leaders for prophetic action to end the Occupation.
UCC/DoC response to Kairos Palestine The response of the leadership of the UCC & Disciples of Christ to the Kairos Palestine document.
US ecumenical response to Kairos Palestine An ecumenical response to Kairos Palestine
Faith leaders’ letter to Congress A letter to members of the US Congress asking that Israel be held accountable for potential human-rights violations through its use of US military aid.
UCC Collegium’s Advent Letter 2012 Calling for the boycott of products made in Israeli settlements

Links of Interest

UCC Organizations & Resources
UCC/Global Ministries: Middle East The home page for the UCC/Disciples of Christ work in the Middle East including Israel/Palestine, with related resources
UCC/Global Ministries partner organizations Organizations supported by volunteers and gifts from the UCC/Global Ministries, and groups with which the UCC works in the region.
UCC Palestine Israel Network The website for the UCC’s Palestine Israel Network, founded January 2012
Advocacy Organizations
Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center A Palestinian Christian center for theological education/reflection on and work to end the Occupation.
J Street Self-described as “the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans.”
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) An Israeli organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize nominee Jeff Halper (seen in video), which works to end demolition of Palestinian homes and businesses — and the Occupation; see also ICAHD-USA.
Who Profits? An Israeli organization that tracks corporations profiting from the Occupation
The BDS Movement The primary site for the Boycott—Divestment—Sanctions Movement
News & Commentary
Middle East Research & Information Project A resource for news, commentary, essays and blogs on Middle East politics, culture and society; publisher of Middle East Report
Other Perspectives
Christians for Fair Witness on the Middle East An advocacy group that sponsors trips to Israel-Palestine and organized a General Synod resolution in 2011 (not adopted) to favor “positive investment” and to eliminate economic leverage as an option. UCF and General Synod do not share this organization’s perspective on Israel-Palestine.

Overview video: Seeking Justice & Peace

A 19-minute video outlining the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the challenge of the Occupation. Produced primarily for internal use, the video does not claim high production values, but seeks to offer an overview of the conflict for those interested in the UCC’s 2005 General Synod resolution.

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