Its an even numbered year, and that can only mean, one, well, two things. The San Francisco Giants will win the World Series and the Mainline Protestant Churches will vote on divestment from Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East
The United Methodist Church has convened a two week conference in Portland, and from the posts on social media, there is much prayer and soul searching going on. 864 delegates are considering nearly a thousand resolutions on a wide variety of issues.
As in past years, the conference is filled with anti-Israel activists, pushing divestment from companies that do business in Israel. This year, it appears, the organization is pushing back
From a Press release from the Institute on Religion & Democracy
May 17, 2016
"The Church by the Sea hereby unequivocally repudiates and rejects the Resolutions call to boycott and divest". Additionally the Church “has also withdrawn all of its investment funds (almost $3M) from the United Church of Christ. Its a brave and principled stand to go against their denomination- a stand I hope is repeated by other churches in the coming months.
To read more about BDS in the pews
United Methodist Church Rejects Four Anti-Israel Boycott Resolutions