CMEP Events

Upcoming Events

Choose Hope 2017: A Middle East Advocacy Summit for Students and Young Professionals
November 12-14, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

Early Bird registration ends September 15. Join us at Choose Hope 2017 as we create a dialogue and space for hearing stories of hope and inspiration. Learn how to advocate for peace and justice with your representatives. Add your voice to this movement for a lasting peace, justice, and equality for all Israelis and Palestinians. Register Today!


How Do We Fund Peace? Experts Discuss the International Fund Model [08/24/2017]
Learn about the possibility of an International Fund for Israel and Palestine in the method of the “International Fund for Ireland” from individuals working to make it a reality. The panel of speakers features: Joel Braunold, Executive Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace; Fr. Josh Thomas, International Executive Director of Kids4Peace; and Rev. Dr. Gary Mason, Director of Rethinking Conflict with Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, CMEP’s Executive Director moderating.

Gaza: Working Toward a Better Future [07/24/2017]
Gaza Field Manager for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Bassam Nasser, speaks with CMEP's Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, Kyle Cristofalo, about CRS' work in Gaza providing emergency relief to the most vulnerable. Nasser also discusses his hope for a better future and steps to take to help move toward a just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Growing Up In Gaza [07/18/2017]
Fulbright Scholar Oday Abdaljawwad speaks with CMEP Executive Director Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon about growing up in Gaza and the unique challenges the ongoing humanitarian crisis places on children. Abdaljawwad is currently a Development and Advocacy Intern with CMEP.

Gaza: Searching for Light [03/28/2017]
In 2014 Gaza’s main power plant sustained severe damage as a result of the Gaza War. Three years later the power plant remains mostly inactive. Today, most Gazans live in the dark for as many as 21 hours every day. Learn about the current realities of life in Gaza and where there might be opportunities for hope.

Hand on The Switch, A Conversation about Gaza with Gisha [03/09/2017]
Hear Tania Hary, Executive Director of the Israeli human rights organization Gisha, and Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, recently returned from Gaza, engage in a conversation on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Learn about the current realities of Palestinian life in Gaza where most Gazans live in the dark for as many as 21 hours every day.

Recent Events

Hill Briefing: Zimam: Positive Efforts Toward Peace from Palestinian Civil Society
When: Friday, July 14, 2017
Time: 9:30 - 10:30am
Where: 441 Cannon House Office Building
As Israeli control over the West Bank enters its 50th year, people around the world are asking what are the concrete, positive, and productive steps that can be made to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In Palestinian society itself - despite enormous barriers - Zimam is leading the effort to encourage and train young activists to fight against extremism, to promote nonviolence, and counter the hopelessness so many feel. By taking responsibility for those elements that everyday people have control over, Palestinian civil society will grow stronger, healthier, and more resilient. It will also help people gain the confidence that can empower Palestinians to renew and re-energize their campaign for freedom, statehood, and a peaceful end to the conflict.

963 Jerusalem Expert Danny Seidemann: Latest Developments in Jerusalem

When: Monday, June 26,2017 from 10:30-11:30 AM
Where: St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Baxter Hall 301 A Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), in partnership with the Foundation for Middle East Peace, held a briefing by Danny Seidemann on the role the American Christian faith community plays, and can play in the future, in securing a peaceful and inclusive future for the holy city of Jerusalem and all of its people.

Regional Events
Moving from Discipleship to Advocacy: An Introduction to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Thursday, July 20th, 2017, 5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
Where: New Life Reformed Church, 232 16th Street SE, Sioux Center, IA, 51250
Please join Churches for Middle East Peace's (CMEP) Executive Director Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon as she talks with the Reformed Church in America (RCA) about historical and contemporary conflicts in the Holy Land, the partnership between CMEP and the RCA and their mission in Israel and Palestine, and how to become involved in advocacy work related to the region. The Speakers at this event include: Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon; Earl James, RCA Coordinator of Missional Mosaic and Advocacy; and Joshua Vis, RCA Facilitator for Church Engagement in Israel/Palestine. This speaking event is hosted by CMEP and one of its board organizations, the Reformed Church in America (RCA).

CMEP Delaware Chapter on April 10, 2017: Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon and Molly Lorden, CMEP’s Church Engagement Intern, had the opportunity to meet with the steering council of CMEP Delaware CMEP Delaware is an exciting group of mostly current and retired clergy, representing Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Methodists and Baptists. We discussed our new policy positions, our approach to advocacy, and what would benefit their group and their local congregations. They are very energized!

952 Evening Meeting at English Lutheran Church in La Crosse Wisconsin on April 6, 2017: The meeting had 18 people including the Senior Pastor Mark Solyst. He’s never been to the Holy Land and is eager to attend. The people who joined the conversation were very engaged. Many of them had taken a trip to the Holy Land in 2015. Some had traveled to the region years ago. We discussed CMEP and our current efforts and strategy. There was significant interest in #Lights4Gaza and they would like to have ongoing engagement with CMEP moving forward. Kent is planning on joining the June Advocacy Summit and it looks like people from the LaCrosse area may be joining us as well.


Lancaster Middle East Interest Group on April 1, 2017: CMEP Executive Director and church engagement intern joined several people from an ecumenical background who meet monthly as a part of the Middle East Interest Group in Lancaster, PA.