Dear Friends,

Join us on Wednesday, May 12, at 11am Eastern/8am Pacific for a conversation with bestselling author and National Book Award winner Colum McCann about his book, Apeirogon: A Novel, as part of CMEP Journeys: Educate. Elevate. Advocate. Participate., our event series over the first half of 2021 designed to continue to allow you opportunities to work for peace and justice. You do not need to have read the book to participate in this event.

Apeirogon is a New York Times bestselling book that was longlisted for the Booker Prize, winner of the National Jewish Book Award, and was named one of the best books of the year by The Independent, The New York Public Library, and Library Journal.

This extraordinary novel is the fruit of a seed planted when the novelist Colum McCann met the real Bassam and Rami on a trip with the non-profit organization Narrative 4. McCann was moved by their willingness to share their stories with the world, by their hope that if they could see themselves in one another, perhaps others could too.
CMEP supporters may recognize the main characters in this novel as the founders of The Parents Circle - Families Forum. With their blessing, and unprecedented access to their families, lives, and personal recollections, McCann began to craft Apeirogon, which uses their real-life stories to begin another—one that crosses centuries and continents, stitching together time, art, history, nature, and politics in a tale both heartbreaking and hopeful. The result is an ambitious novel, crafted out of a universe of fictional and nonfictional material, with these fathers’ moving story at its heart.


“Apeirogon” is an empathy engine, utterly collapsing the gulf between teller and listener.

The New York Times


What is CMEP Journeys?

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is hard at work developing ways for you to stay involved in advocating and learning about peace in the Middle East. Our six programmatic tracks give you the opportunity to dive deeper into learning about CMEP’s work and relationships, as well as the chance to bring new people into the work of CMEP through introductory events like cooking classes, virtual tours, and more. Registration is required for all events. CMEP is also asking for a suggested donation to participate in these events.

Why is CMEP asking for donations for these events?

Due to Covid-19 all of our in-person programming has been canceled since March 2020 and this will continue to be the norm until at least Fall 2021. As a nonprofit advocacy organization, our advocacy summits and other events are one of the main streams of income we have as an organization. CMEP Journeys is our attempt to offer creative and interesting opportunities to our community. We understand that the cost can be prohibitive for some which is why we are asking for “suggested donations." Please do not let cost be a limiting factor if you are interested in these events!

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