Washington, D.C. - April 28, 2022

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Churches for Middle East Peace’s Catholic Advisory Council Announces
the Fr. Drew Christiansen
Holy Land Lecture Series

This inaugural Father Drew Christiansen Holy Land Lecture Series brings Christian leaders and scholars from the Holy Land to share firsthand updates, insights, theological reflections, and a much needed (and often unheard) perspective on today’s Christian situation in the Land of Jesus’ birth. Hosted by Churches for Middle East Peace’s (CMEP) Catholic Advisory Council (CAC), the lecture series promotes education and advocacy among American Catholics and other Christians about realities in the Holy Land while promoting U.S. policies that contribute toward the need for a just and lasting peace. 

His Beatitude Latin Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah (pictured), will give our inaugural lecture on “Living the Way of the Cross in the Land of the Cross.” The date and location of the lecture are to be determined. CMEP is currently seeking educational institutions and support for sponsorship

For Sponsorship information, please contact CMEP's Communication & Special Projects Manager, Anna Baker.

Lecture Series Description: Our Faith is rooted in the Holy Land, where two thousand years ago, Jesus lived out the Way of the Cross. The Christian population in the Holy Land has decreased from historically around 18% to less than 2% today. Still, today’s Holy Land Christians are continuing that journey - a journey of constant persecution and renewal, but which ultimately reveals a land that Jesus never left. 

Through this series, we will gain a deeper understanding of how we can assist our brothers and sisters in their quest for acceptance, equality, justice, and peace. We will explore the spiritual roots and practical application of our Faith through the eyes of those whose experience is rooted in the Land Jesus was born, taught, died, and was resurrected. 

The Christians there have a saying: “we live in a land that has experienced resurrection, so we always have hope.” The first step in that hope is hearing their voice.


About Fr. Drew Christiansen, SJ: Fr. Drew was a Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Human Development at Georgetown University, a consultant to the Holy See and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), as well a consultant to the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, and the Holy See Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations. He also served as Director of the U.S. Bishops’ Office of International Justice and Peace and was a former editor of America Magazine. Fr. Drew was a long supporter of CMEP and initiated the establishment of the Catholic Advisory Council (CAC) at Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP). 

His Beatitude Michel Sabbah (r) pictured with Fr. Drew Christiansen (l) and CMEP Catholic Advisory Chair, Sir Jeffery Abood.

About CMEP and its Catholic Advisory Council: Formed in 1984, Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is a coalition of more than 30 national church communions and organizations, including Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Evangelical traditions that works to encourage US policies that actively promote a comprehensive resolution to conflicts in the Middle East with a focus on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. CMEP is an NGO with ECOSOC status at the United Nations. CMEP educates on the relationship between faith and justice in the Middle East context, especially in the Holy Land.

CMEP’s Catholic Advisory Council aims to: “work in support of political and socio-economic conditions that favor the permanence of Christians in the Holy Land and engage in advocacy and education among American Catholics to promote U.S. policies toward a just and lasting peace.”


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