Necessary conversation

The divestment debate
I like to think of the Christian Century as offering a lively conversation about faith and the issues of our time. This issue contains a four-part exchange, and each of the writers—Vernon Broyles, Barbara Wheeler and Ira Youdovin—is a respected friend of mine. The topic is divestment and how it can be used by churches to express positions on social, political and economic justice—in this case, positions regarding Israel. Two of the three are members of my church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), whose General Assembly last summer voted to initiate a process of selected and phased divestment from corporations whose business in Israel is deemed harmful to Palestine and Israel.


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