Advocacy Conference - 2012

CMEP supporters representing almost 25 states gathered at Catholic University in Washington, DC June 18-19 to pray and learn to effectively advocate for peace in the Holy Land at the annual Advocacy Conference. More than 100 advocates gathered at the Edward J. Pryzbyla Center at The Catholic University of America, Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church and throughout Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

On Monday participants received updates about the situation on the ground from some of the most knowledgeable people in the field and learned how to work in their communities around the country.

On Tuesday, attendees gathered at the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church for the Congressional Prayer Breakfast. House of Representatives Chaplin Father Patrick Conroy and California Congresswoman Lois Capps expressed the importance of faith while being a peacemaker.

With updated information and renewed faith, participants took their messages of peace to the halls of Congress, where they met with almost 80 representatives and senators. They spoke about continuing funding to the Palestinians, opposing policies that stand in the way of a shared Jerusalem and supporting the Palestinian Christian community. Each office received an invitation from the Jerusalem Churches in the Holy Land inviting them to “come and see” the local Christian communities and listen to voices often drowned out in the conflict.

The CMEP staff and board would like to thank all of the participants for taking the time to come to the conference. Special thanks to the United Church of Christ, Franscian Friars (OFM) and private donors for their financial support of this year's conference.  

The energy of our supporters sustains us every day as we work to lift up Christian voices calling for a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that includes justice, dignity and security for all peoples. 

Click here to see videos from the 2012 conference.