Pilgrimage to Peace (P2P) are 1-3 week speaking tours in the US where CMEP Staff and peacemakers from Israel and Palestine speak to churches, schools, community groups, and other religious organizations. CMEP hosts one or two P2P tours each year, bringing the message that Peace is Possible to locations across the United States.
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October 2018 with Sami Awad, Jessica Montell, and Mae Cannon
Join Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) as she hosts a conversation with Jessica Montell, an Israeli peace-builder and executive director of HaMoked: Center for the Defense of the Individual & Sami Awad, a Palestinian Christian and executive director of Holy Land Trust, about peacebuilding and advocacy related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Join us to learn what it means to be someone who pursues peace, while also advocating for justice in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and beyond. Learn more about CMEP’s policies and advocacy work.
See The Tour!
Fall 2018: The Luxcast: Sami Awad & Jessica Montell on Peace in the Holy Land
June 2018: And Still We Rise Mini-Tours
On June 23, 2018, CMEP brought Jennifer Bing and Hanna Alshaikh, both from the American Friends Service Committee Chicago office on a Pilgrimage to Peace speaking event to the Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver, CO, hosted by Friends of Sabeel North America. They spoke about Palestinian fragmentation, the siege and blockade in Gaza, and screened the documentary “Detaining Dreams,” with an accompanying discussion of child detentions of Palestinian children and how Americans can advocate with the US Government around that issue.
On June 22, 2018, CMEP brought Jennifer Bing and Hanna Alshaikh, both from the American Friends Service Committee Chicago office on a Pilgrimage to Peace speaking event to the Park Hill Congregational Church in Denver, CO. They spoke about Palestinian fragmentation, the siege and blockade in Gaza, and screened the documentary “Detaining Dreams,” with an accompanying discussion of child detentions of Palestinian children and how Americans can advocate with the US Government around that issue.
CMEP's P2P tour went to Newport Beach, CA and met with a Middle East Interest Group from a local church. Janeen Rashmawi, Lisa Loden, and Molly Lorden spoke about their experiences and the current realities of the occupation, as well as the current US legislation in Congress about child detentions. The group included a couple of Palestinians who moved to the US a while ago, but long to continue to support their people.
CMEP's P2P went to Santa Barbara, California, where they met with a group of 40 people to discuss the current realities on the ground in Israel/Palestine. CMEP Host, Molly Lorden, along with Lisa Loden and Janeen Rashmawi, spoke about their personal experiences, as well as the current realities, as well as the legislation in the US Congress about child detentions. In attendance was Lois Capps, former Congresswoman in that district.
On June 22, 2018, CMEP brought Jennifer Bing of American Friends Service Committee on a Pilgrimage to Peace speaking event to the Faith Lutheran Church youth group from Castle Rock, CO. She taught a 101 overview of the conflict, showed the Detaining Dreams documentary, and did interactive exercises around the issue of child detentions. The 10 youth in attendance were highly engaged and curious to learn more!
On Thursday June 21st, CMEP Staff and Middle East Delegates visited congressional offices on Capitol Hill to advocate for the passage of HR Bill 4391 and the unfreezing of UNRWA funds.
CMEP Staff and Middle East Delegates meet with the Office of Religion and Global Affairs at the State Department on Wednesday, June 20th.
June 22, UN Church Center, Mara Lee, Executive Director of One Voice, speaks on the way OneVoice partners with Zimam to support Palestinian youth working for peace in Israel/Palestine.
June 20, 2018; Denver, CO; CMEP Colorado RC Priscilla Linsley with Jennifer Bing of AFSC, and two dinner guests.
Rima Issa, Film Project Coordinator with B'tselem; Nicole Morgan, Operations Manager at CMEP, and Chelsey Berlin, Director of B'tselem USA spoke in La Crosse, WI as part of the #WeRise2018 #Pilgrimage2Peace events.
The first event on the Wisconsin Pilgrimage To Peace Tour was at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lacrosse Wisconsin on Thursday, June 21. 71 people were in attendance. Terri Markos, supporter and summit attendee, gives the audience a report of the ASWR Summit.
June 21, White Plains, NY: Kyle Cristofalo, Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, Churches for Middle East Peace, and Georgette Hazboun Rabadi, Principal, Evangelical Lutheran School of Beit Sahour, with hosts Rev. Jeff Geary, Pastor, White Plains Presbyterian Church and Rev. Noelle Damico.
The CMEP D.C. based P2P tour attended the conversation about "Stabilization and Reconstruction in Syria: A Conversation with Archimandrite Alexi Chehadeh" at the Hudson Institute.
CMEP’s Pilgrimage to Peace tour with Lisa Loden, a Messianic Jew, and Janeen Rashmawi, a Palestinian American went to Pasadena, California and met with a community group from a local Mennonite congregation. The group discussed the realities on the ground, the history of the conflict, and the current CMEP campaign around child detentions.
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)'s executive director, Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, gathered with Suzann Molner, Sarah Linder, and Sahar Vardi to discuss their work at St. Mark's in Washington D.C on Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Watch a webinar with CMEP’s Executive Director and Daoud Nassar recorded during the October 2017 P2P Tour.