FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Christians for Fair Witness on the Middle East applauds the United Methodist Church for rejecting divestment from companies doing business with the state of Israel. Five annual U.S. Methodist conferences and one independent Methodist organization (Methodist Federation for Social Action) submitted divestment petitions for consideration at the United Methodist General Conference which took place in Fort Worth, Texas from April 23 - May 2, 2008. These petitions were all rejected unanimously in Legislative Committee and defeated by General Conference delegates as they voted on a special consent calendar.
Rev. Dr. Archer Summers, Senior Pastor of the Palo Alto United Methodist Church, had co-authored a series of letters and mailings to General Conference delegates urging them to vote against divestment. "I had faith that reason and justice would prevail in my denomination, and it did," says Dr. Summers.
Sr. Ruth Lautt, Fair Witness National Director, reports: "I was in Fort Worth for the ten days of the General Conference. We met wonderful United Methodist clergy and lay delegates who rejected the extremist positions of pro-divestment voices and instead were seeking ways to promote peace and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians."Contact: Sr. Ruth Lautt, O.P., Esq.
Christians For Fair Witness on the Middle East