Annual Advocacy Summit: Persistent Hope: 35 Years of CMEP
Persistent Hope: 35 Years of CMEP
A Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) Advocacy Summit
June 23-25, 2019
Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church
Washington, D.C. 20001
“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all -”
– Emily Dickinson
In 2019, Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) celebrates its 35th anniversary of encouraging US policies that actively promote a comprehensive resolution to conflicts in the Middle East. Join us June 23-25, 2019 in Washington, D.C., as we honor the occasion and look to the future.
In honor of 35 years, our 2019 Advocacy Summit will look back at everything CMEP has accomplished over the past three-and-a-half decades, as well as what our work will look like going forward and the opportunities to work for peace and justice that will come.
As we’ve worked to mobilize US Christians to be advocates for equality, human rights, security, and justice for all people, our hope has never faded. We believe the work we do as advocates for equality, human rights, security, and justice with our member denominations and connections has and will continue to influence US foreign policy and bend the arc of history towards justice and stability in the Middle East.
Over the past decades, CMEP has been a leading force in elevating the voices of Middle East Christians on Capitol Hill and around the United States. CMEP has mobilized thousands of individuals to embrace a more holistic understanding of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and call for an end to violence in the Middle East. In addition to contributing to the shift of U.S. perspectives, CMEP has hosted dozens of conferences and advocacy summits calling on U.S. Administrations and Congress to embrace policies that address humanitarian and human rights concerns in Israel, the occupied Palestinian territories, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, and other parts of the Arab world. CMEP is a growing force to be reckoned with that embraces an impassioned call for justice and peace for all people of the Middle East.
We will continue to diligently work to end the occupation of the Palestinian people and to work toward a just peace throughout the Middle East. Hope remains an act of resistance and defiance. Join us as we celebrate and strategize for how to best carry out this work in the future! Come be part of our Advocacy Summit and celebrate Persistent Hope!
Join other Summit participants on Tuesday, June 25, to advocate on behalf of just U.S. policies toward Israel/Palestine. You will be placed in groups with other attendees from your state or Congressional District. If you are the only one from your state in attendance, we will pair you with a member of CMEP’s staff or volunteer. You will not have to go to meetings alone! CMEP will set up the meetings and we will have time together for an Advocacy Training and to prepare for the meetings.