February 2021

Check out the latest opportunities and events from Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP). 

Pilgrimage2Peace is returning: 
CMEP is excited to announce our first in-person Pilgrimage to Peace tour since 2019. This April, Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon (Executive Director) and Tala AlRaheb (Ambassador Warren Clark Fellow) will travel to Colorado, California, and Washington State to host a conversation with churches and other community groups about peacebuilding and advocacy related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

If your group is interested in hosting these speakers in CO, CA, or WA April 18 - May 2, please reach out to nicole@cmep.org to inquire about hosting an event. 
Gaza Webinar Series:

Join CMEP for a series of discussions on Gaza in February and March. This program will openly and honestly present the reality of the siege, the occupation, and political leadership as well as include ways participants can advocate with their elected officials to encourage U.S. policies that will help end the siege of Gaza and advance human rights and security for all.  This series is co-organized by Churches for Middle East Peace, Arab American Institute, and American Friends of Combatants for Peace. Each 90-minute session will present on one of these four aspects of Gaza: History & Historical Significance, Politics, Culture, Economics.

CMEP is hiring:
We are seeking a part-time Finance Manager who will implement and contribute to CMEP's annual finance strategy - including payroll, bookkeeping, accounts payable and receivable, audit support, and other financial tasks. Preference for someone who can work from DC, but remote is possible, 10 hours a week with seasonal increases, and includes PTO benefits.

Week of Prayer For Christian Unity: Reflections from the Middle East:

We hope you were able to join us this week for reflections from the Middle East for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme for 2022 was “We Saw the Star in the East, and We Came To Worship Him.” CMEP hosted a religious leader live from the Middle East each day this week for a time of prayer and reflection. You can view the recordings from each day at the link below.


Public Statements:

January 29, 2022: Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) calls for prayer for Nassar Family and Tent of Nations Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) calls for prayer for the Nassar Family and the Tent of Nations after yesterday’s horrific incident. On the afternoon of January 28th, a large group of masked men carrying sticks and iron bars attacked Daoud and Daher Nassar when Daoud was feeding the chickens. A friend of the Tent of Nations witnessed the attack, and the attackers fled when they saw her.
January 20, 2022: CMEP Strongly Opposes the Demolition of the Salhiya Family Home in Sheikh Jarrah
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) strongly condemns the demolition of the Salhiya family home and urges the Biden Administration to intervene to end the forced displacement of Palestinians from Sheikh Jarrah.
Public Statement: January 13, 2022: CMEP Celebrates the Release of Coptic Christian Egyptian Activist Ramy Kamel. Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) celebrates the January 8, 2022 release of Coptic Christian activist Ramy Kamel after he spent two years being held in pre-trial detention in Egypt. 
CMEP in the News:
Churches for Middle East Peace and the Tent of Nations, ALLMEP Blog, January 20, 2022.
Israel-Palestine: Threat to Christian Presence , Maryknoll, January 6, 2022.
Dooley Noted, Dooley, K. (2021). Dooley Noted. Rhode Island Publications Society.
CMEP's Executive Director Met with Leaders in Egypt : 
From Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon: "I am grateful to greet you in the New Year having spent nearly three weeks in Egypt. While I wasn’t able to travel to Palestine because of COVID closures, I was grateful to have the opportunity to meet with friends and church leaders from CMEP’s diverse ecumenical relations and member communions. Meetings included Anne Zaki of The Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo (ETSC); Rev. Dr. Andrea Zaki, Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS) Executive Director and President of the Protestant Churches in Egypt; and Bishop Yolios at the Coptic Orthodox Hanging Church in Old Cairo. CMEP remains committed to supporting the church in the Middle East and to promoting the sustainability of the Christian community in the Arab world. While in Egypt, I also met and had forthright discussions about human rights concerns with members of the Egyptian government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. One of our main concerns was the ongoing detention and pretrial arrest of Coptic Christian Activist Ramy Kamel. Upon my return back to the U.S., CMEP celebrated the news of his release. You can read more about that here."
CMEP joins the Coptic Orthodox Church in the commemoration of Martyrs:

His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, and Founder and Director of Refcemi (The Coptic Orthodox Office for Advocacy and Public Policy), invites you to attend an online  seminar on 15 February 2021 18:00-19:00 GMT to mark Contemporary Martyrs Day. There will be emphasis placed on solidarity in advocacy as we remember the 21 Libya Martyrs and  members of the Coptic Orthodox Church who have paid the ultimate price for their Faith, as well as faith and belief communities suffering FoRB violations around the world.

Speakers will include His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos, Fiona Bruce MP, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, The Lord Alton of Liverpool, The Rt Revd Philip Mounstephen, Bishop of Truro, Mervyn Thomas CMG, Chair of the UK FoRB Forum, and Gareth Russell, Founder and Director of Jersey Road PR. The seminar will be chaired by Dr Ewelina Ochab, Deputy Director of Refcemi.

To join the seminar on the day please use the following link: http://Tiny.cc/ContemporaryMartyrs              

Congratulations to former CMEP intern:
Mercer University junior Alexander John Paul Lutz was one of two recipients of the inaugural Rick Love Young Innovators in Peacebuilding Award, presented by Peace Catalyst International, an organization that equips and mobilizes Christians for collective peacebuilding across lines of difference.
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