Sunday, June 17th, 2018
4:30 pm: Doors open for check-in.
Lutheran Church of the Reformation* Sanctuary – 212 East Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 20003
5:00 PM: Summit Begins
5:15 PM: Welcome from CMEP Executive Director, Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon
5:30 PM: Remarks from Susan Hayward
6:00 PM: Key Note Speaker: “Rise Up!”: Rev. Brenda Salter McNeil
7:00 PM: Meet and Greet with Middle East Delegates
7:30 PM: Evening Concludes
*Lutheran Church of the Reformation is allowing us to use their space, but is not a sponsor of this event.
Monday, June 18th, 2018
8:30 AM: Coffee and Welcome
9:00 AM: Welcome from CMEP Executive Director Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon
9:15 AM: Key Note Speaker: Rev. Najla Kassab
12:30-1:45 PM: Lunch on your own.
1:45 PM: Naila and the Uprising trailer
2:00 PM: “Human Rights and Peacebuilding”: Sahar Vardi
3:00 PM: Special Presentation for Representative Betty McCollum 2018 Recipient of the Churches for Middle East Peace Congressional Award
3:30 PM: Special Presentation from B’Tselem: “Palestinian Children Detained by the Israeli Military”
4:05 PM: Special Presentation from Defense for Children International- Palestine:”Palestinian Children Detained by the Israeli Military”
4:45 PM: Keynote Address: Feda Abdelhady-Nasser
5:30 PM: Instructions for Tuesday/closing business
6:00 PM: Day Concludes
Tuesday, June 19th, 2018
8:30 AM: Introduction to Advocacy
9:00 AM: Key Note Speaker: Lara Friedman
9:45 AM: Advocacy Tables
10:00 AM: Congressional Panel facilitated by Kate Gould:
Current congressional staff with experience addressing issues around Israel, Palestine, and the Middle East for members of Congress, will provide insights into how participants can be more effective advocates on Capitol Hill and in their communities.
11:00 AM: Advocacy Training facilitated by Rebecca Blachly
12:15 PM: Dismissal for lunch on your own and Congressional visits
If you would like to pre-order a boxed lunch from Panera, please click here.
1:00-4:00 PM: Congressional Visits
Participants will spend the afternoon meeting with their Congressional offices to share their experiences from the Summit and advocate for just U.S. policies. Legislative asks for the Congressional visits include encouraging support of HR 4391 Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act, and support for humanitarian and economic assistance to the West Bank and Gaza.
If you will be participating in congressional visits, please wear professional business attire.
4:30-5:30 PM: Closing Prayer Service on the Capitol Lawn led by Rev. Julia Brown Karimu and Donita Keister
Location: West Front Capitol Lawn
*No chairs are available, we will be standing or sitting on the grass
Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 – Saturday, June 23rd, 2018
Pilgrimage to Peace Speaking Events with Middle East Delegates around the United States