January 2023

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


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:

Join CMEP, the World Council of Churches, CMEP board member organization the Franciscan Friars, and Christians around the world for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-24, 2023. The theme for 2023 is: Do good; seek justice (Isaiah 1:17).

The Franciscans elaborate on the theme for 2023: "The entire scriptural passage for the theme is Isaiah 1:12-18, lamenting a lack of justice among the People of God. Yet, it also promises redemption by encouraging acts of justice." Read more about this week here.

CMEP will be hosting a religious leader from the Middle East each week day from January 18-24 for a live time of prayer and reflection at 10 am Eastern. Join us as we pray together in hope of Christian Unity.


CMEP's Annual Report:

Celebrate with Churches for Middle East Peace all that we accomplished this past year by reviewing our 2022 Annual Report. (Link will open a pdf file.) In this report we highlight our work to educate, elevate, and advocate in pursuit of our vision to actively promote a comprehensive resolution to conflicts in the Middle East with a focus on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.


ONLY 1 WEEK LEFT: Register for the Freedom of Movement Trip to the Occupied Palestinian Territories: March 7-16, 2023:

CMEP invites you to visit Palestine/ Israel to participate in the annual "Freedom of Movement" marathon (half-marathon, 10k, and 5k available for walkers and runners). This trip will focus on issues related to the UN-sanctioned "right to liberty of movement" and environmental injustice in the occupied Palestinian territories. Participants will have the opportunity to spend several days hiking on the Palestine Heritage Trail and for unique homestays with families in the West Bank. There are only a few spots left for this trip and registration closes on January 13th.


Action Alert: Contact Your Senators Now: Ask Them to Support the Yemen War Powers Resolution
Right now, over 21 million people in Yemen are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. Instead of continuing to support the Saudi-led coalition, the Biden Administration must advance policies that will help bring stability and meet the humanitarian needs of the Yemeni people. It is Congress’ responsibility to hold the Biden Administration and Saudi Arabia accountable by passing the Yemen War Powers Resolution.


CMEP staff at the J-Street Annual Conference Exhibit Hall in December 2022.

2022 J Street National Conference
Rev. Aune Carlson, CMEP's Director of Operations, participated on a panel on December 5 at the J Street conference in Washington, DC. The panel's topic was “Evangelical Christians and Israel-Palestine: Assessing the Changing Dynamics.” Panelists were asked to dive into the motivations behind evangelical Christian advocacy efforts, their influence on Israel’s relationship with the US and with the American Jewish community, and efforts to change that dynamic to support a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
If you would like a CMEP staffer to speak to your group, please contact us at info@cmep.org.

CMEP in the News:

Searching for the baby Jesus of yesteryear in the Bethlehem of today , AJ Johnson, Salt Lake City News Station, December 24, 2022.
Longing for Christmas Peace in the Holy Land, Tony Magliano, December 16, 2022.
Armenia: Land of Saint Gregory the Illuminator, Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, Do Justice, December 2, 2022.

Public Statements:

November 23, 2022: The Violence Must Stop: CMEP calls on Palestinian and Israeli Leaders to Protect Children and Pursue Peace Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) continues to be dismayed by the escalation of violence in the West Bank and Jerusalem and its devastating impact on children. CMEP calls on Palestinian and Israeli leaders to protect children and pursue peace.

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(202) 543-1222  info@cmep.org

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