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July 27, 2010

Dear Cal-Pac Friends,

We have an exciting event planned, at the last minute, being held this Sunday at Culver-Palms United Methodist Church.

The United Methodists' Holy Land Task Force just got word last week that David Wildman, GBGM Executive Secretary and a leader in the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, would be available for a couple of days in our region, if we wanted to make use of his presence in Southern California. So Culver-Palms UMC in Culver City has graciously offered to host An Evening with David Wildman.

You will find attached a flyer about this event; all the information from the flyer is also below in this email.

Please make use of the flyer and information in whatever way you can. We hope that you will forward it to any and all individuals and groups who might be interested in this event. And that others will do the same. Those who are concerned about Israel and Palestine would not want to miss this chance to hear and speak with a national leader in Holy Land advocacy.

Wildman would welcome an interfaith audience; it would be a good idea to let folks know that much of his presentation will be about faith communities participating in divestment and other nonviolent forms of advocacy. He is looking forward to a lively discussion after his presentation.

Wishing you all a blessed summer and hoping to see many of you this Sunday in Culver City!

In peace,
United Methodists' Holy Land Task Force

An Evening with David Wildman
Advocacy for a Just Peace in the Holy Land

The United Methodists' Holy Land Task Force presents an evening with David Wildman, GBGM Executive Secretary for Human Rights, Racial and Global Justice. Don't miss a rare opportunity in our region to hear and speak with one of the UMC's and the nation's top organizers of Israel Palestine advocacy!

Wildman has just finished coordinating the national organizers' conference of the US Campaign to End the Occupation,* with information on upcoming plans and action.

Sunday, August 1, 2010**
Dinner 6:00 pm - followed by David Wildman's presentation
and audience discussion (Program begins during the meal.)

$8 requested free will donation; none turned away. Please RSVP for the meal by
Sat am, July 31: contact Theresa Basile at or 323-253-9087

Culver-Palms United Methodist Church
4464 Sepulveda Blvd. - Culver City - 90230 - Visit our website for directions:

**David Wildman also will preach at Culver-Palms UMC Sunday, Aug 1st. Service at 10:45am. All are welcome!

* In addition to his work at General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM), David Wildman is a co-founder of US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and currently serves as co-chair of its Steering Committee. The US Campaign is a diverse coalition working for freedom from occupation, support of international law and equal rights for all, by challenging and changing the US role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They inform, educate and mobilize the public with help from more than 300 member organizations, including the UMC's Global Ministries, Women's Division, MFSA, and now, the United Methodists' Holy Land Task Force.

Wildman participated in the launching of the landmark Kairos Palestine Document in December 2009, the worldwide call for help by Palestinian Christian church leaders. Read about this history- and headline-making document, download it, and use the study guide, found at our home page:

Read David Wildman's article "Why Divestment? And Why Now?” at our website:

Wildman also is co-author with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies of a book published in Jan. 2010: "Ending the US War in Afghanistan: A Primer."


May 25, 2010

Grace and peace from your sisters and brothers in the United Methodists' Holy Land Task Force!

We are United Methodists, both laity and clergy, with a deep concern for the people of the Holy Land, and we have heeded the urgent calls from Israel and Palestine for help in achieving a just peace for both the Israelis and the Palestinians.  We are a task force of the Cal-Pac Board of Church & Society, and you can learn more about us at our newly published website:

We are sending you some resources for the upcoming World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel (WWPPI), May 29 - June 4, a global call to action from the World Council of Churches. 

We invite you and your churches to announce the World Week for Peace on Peace with Justice Sunday - May 30th, and to participate in worldwide action that week or in the weeks following.

    Would you like to have an educational event?

    Ready to become an advocate right now?

We have resources to make that easy to do.

See attached to this email our color brochure and flyer, and 2 sizes of Sunday bulletin inserts. Visit our website:, to find the color documents in black and white.  There you can download all our materials for WWPPI and more resources from the World Council of Churches.

You also will find information to help you learn about the history and current issues of the Middle East conflict, practical suggestions for holding an event at your church, and much, much more.

This mailing, our first, is going to people whom we believe have concern for the Palestinian and Israeli people and want to help them achieve peace and reconciliation, as well as to church offices and leaders throughout the California-Pacific Conference.

We hope clergy, lay leaders, and church administrators would like to continue receiving our emails in order to have timely information on the Middle East for your congregations and organizations.  Please forward this email to all those you think would be interested, and share it with others on Facebook and elsewhere.

Your assistance in providing your members and contacts with our Middle East information will be greatly appreciated, a valuable aid in building a strong United Methodist movement for justice and peace in the Holy Land.   Working together with Americans across the country and people of faith around the world, we have significant power to influence government policies at home and abroad.

If you would like for your email address to be removed from our list, just let us know in a reply to this email - or any future ones - and we will take care of that immediately.

We hope to have a long and fruitful correspondence with you, and we are sensitive to the need to limit our emails; we usually would be in touch on a monthly basis.

Your partners in praying and working for peace,

United Methodists' Holy Land Task Force

Click here to read about our vision, our mission, and who we are. Don't forget to download the attachments to this email.  If you have any problem with those, they all are available at our website, as you will see on our home page: