January 31, 2018
Love Your Neighbor Coalition Statement to the Commission on a Way Forward, Council of Bishops, 2019 General Conference, and all United Methodists
In Leviticus 19:18, it is written, “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.” (NRSV)
Rabbi Hillel was one of the most important and influential rabbis of all time and passed away during Jesus’ early life. Hillel drew on the passage above in articulating the fundamental principle of Jewish moral law, in this famous quote: “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole of the Torah; the rest is explanation; go and learn.”
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Dear Justice Seeker,
Our world and our denomination are mired in controversy and pain and people are living in unjust situations. Western Methodist Justice Movement (WMJM) is a movement of United Methodists in the annual conferences of the Western Jurisdiction who are committed to carry out the prophetic statements and actions of the Western Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church. We are writing to seek your financial support for the work that we do. WMJM functions with volunteers serving on a leadership team and an executive team, both of which meet electronically once/month. The primary work of WMJM is done through our Action Networks – areas of focus for action and strategy, made up of persons who are passionate about a particular action/strategy for increasing justice in our church and in our world. (Download the letter in PDF.)
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by M. Theresa Basile
Nov 8 – Updates on this article:
A full page ad was published in the Kansas City Star on Nov 7th, a statement calling on Americans to protect free speech and the right to boycott, signed by by MFSA, UMKR and dozens of other faith-based organizations.
The day before, an open letter was sent to Congress by 20 top leaders of national Christian organizations, opposing the "Israel Anti-Boycott Act."
What does a schoolteacher in Kansas seeking a job have in common with survivors of Hurricane Harvey in Texas needing disaster relief? And what could either of those situations have to do with Israel?
Both the schoolteacher in Kansas and residents of Dickinson, Texas have been denied equal access to state benefits and opportunities, if they will not guarantee they do not support a boycott of Israeli products.
As absurd as that may sound, it is really happening in America today.
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