We've compiled the six biggest stories coming out of our work this year. Celebrate our successes with us as we take encouragement from these stories and look ahead to 2020. The weekly bulletin will be off January 3 and back in your inbox on January 10.
1. Learn about CMEP through our video
Thanks to a generous donation, CMEP was able to produce organizational videos to share our story in video form. We've been able to use this fantastic resource at events around the country and to encourage engagement with our online communities. You can watch our 2-minute or 6-minute videos on our Youtube channel.
Despite the challenging political environment, CMEP continued to make a real difference in helping advance legislative efforts toward peace and justice in the Middle East. We were proud to support bipartisan legislation, that passed both the House and Senate which sought to end U.S. complicity in the Saudi led civil war in Yemen. We remained very active in support of Rep. McCollum's legislation in support of the rights of Palestinian children, which has over 20 cosponsors. Rep. McCollum recognized our critical work on Capitol Hill, by writing a special message to our supporters on Giving Tuesday.
3. Persistent Hope: 35 Years of CMEP June Advocacy Summit
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) hosted the 2019 annual advocacy summit in June. In honor of 35 years, the summit looked back at everything CMEP has accomplished over the past three-and-a-half decades, as well as what the organization’s work will look like going forward and the opportunities to work for peace and justice that will come. Attendees from 23 states had the opportunity to hear about the realities of the conflict, meet and network with others interested in peacebuilding in the Middle East, and learn about how their faith can integrate into social action. Each day featured keynote speakers, as well as panel discussions and other presentations, focused on relevant issues including information on how to effectively advocate to representatives.
2020 Annual Advocacy Summit: June 23-25, Washington, D.C.
In 2019, CMEP will celebrate its 35th anniversary of encouraging US policies that actively promote a comprehensive resolution to conflicts in the Middle East. We'll look back at everything we've accomplished, as well as what our work will look like going forward and the opportunities to work for peace and justice that will come.
Did you catch our devotional series for Advent and Christmas? Written around the theme of Elevating Holy Land Voices, the devotions highlight voices from Israel/Palestine and the hope and struggles that come as a result of where they live.
CMEP's Director of Development and Mobilization, Alison Glick, led our 35 for 35 fundraising campaign. Our campaign goal was to raise $70,000; we raised $76,500, 109% of our goal, thanks to the support of over 200 generous donors.
This year we have had the opportunity to reach beyond Israel/Palestine and begin to fulfill our mission of peace in the whole Middle East. Our executive director traveled to Lebanon, Iraqi Kurdistan, Egypt, and Israel/ Palestine. She also had the privilege of leading the Lord's Prayer at the opening prayer gathering at the U.S. Capitol hosted by In Defense of Christians (IDC) prior to the start of the International Religious Freedom Ministerial in June. During the Ministerial, CMEP's Executive Director had the honor of spending time with many patriarchs and bishops from the Middle East. We've also been influencing the national dialogue about Middle East policy issues in the media with features in Sojourners, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and many others.
CMEP completed two Pilgrimage to Peace (P2P) Tours in 2019. In March and April 2019 Alison Glick from CMEP traveled with Obada Shtayeh from One Voice and Susann Mollner from Beirut and Beyond to Los Angeles, Wisconsin, and Maryland. In September 2019, Mae Cannon from CMEP traveled with Rabbi Daniel Roth from Mosaica and Aziz Abu Sarah from MEJDI Tours to Detroit, Chicago, Denver, and North Carolina. Overall we spoke to over 800 people at 21 different events.