CMEP Events

Upcoming Events


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

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


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


50 Years Too Long: A CMEP Advocacy Event - A Pathway to Peace in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories
When:June 4-6, 2017
Location: Washington, D.C.
June 2017 marks the 50th year of the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, an occupation which threatens the security of Israel and imposes harsh burdens on the Palestinian people. Hosted by Churches for Middle East Peace, “50 Years Too Long” was an advocacy summit for American Christians who gathered, learned, and advocated for constructive ways to pursue a just and sustainable peace in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.


Eccumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) Conference
When: April 21-23, 2017
CMEP staff and interns engaged with dedicated advocates for peace and justice at our table in the EAD exhibition hall. We shared about CMEP’s recent events, upcoming trip to the Holy Land and invited everyone who stopped by to attend CMEP’s advocacy summit, 50 Years too Long, June 4-6 in Washington, D.C.

Hope as a Response to a Volatile Middle East

936 When: Thursday. April 20, 2017 6:30-7:30 p.m. EDT
Where: Washington City Church of the Brethren, 337 North Carolina Ave SE, Washington, D.C., 20003
CMEP hosted the Middle East analyst, Daniel Sherman for a conversation focused on opportunities for movement towards peace between Israelis and Palestinians in the midst of a fragile regional context.

Conversation with Israeli Peace Activist Sahar Vardi951
When: Wednesday, April 12, 2017  3-4:30 p.m. EDT
Where: 100 Maryland Ave NE, Washington, D.C., 20002
PCUSA Conference Room, Suite #410
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) Hosted Sahar Vardi for a conversation about the Human Rights Defenders Club.

Reality Check: Almost 50 Years of Occupation
889 When: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 9-10 a.m.
Location: Washington, D.C
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) & Executive Director Hagai El-Ad of B’Tselem Engaged on a briefing on human rights concerns in the Palestinian territories after almost 50 years of occupation.

Regional Events

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.