Divestment proposals die, ELCA communion OK'd

Decisions at the General Conference
Debates on homosexuality may have captured the bulk of attention, but that’s not all that United Methodists did at their General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

They also heard addresses from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and the father of Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Almost 1,000 lay and ordained delegates and their committees sifted through more than 1,500 proposed resolutions.

Among other actions taken, delegates:

• Voted down petitions seeking selective divestment of church funds from companies that profit from products or services that “cause harm” to Israelis and Palestinians or support “Israeli occupation of Palestinian land.” A week before the meeting began, the United Methodist Board of Church and Society withdrew its petition calling for divestment from Caterpillar inasmuch as the company has denounced immoral use of its equipment and agreed to continue dialogues.


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