And Still We Rise Program (2018)


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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!”: 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

10:00 AM: Panel Discussion: “Unique Contributions of Women in Peacebuilding”: Dr. Mimi Haddad,Dr. Debra Shushan , Mara Lee

11:15 AM: Panel Discussion: “Christian Contributions to Peacemaking”:Shireen Awwad , Lisa Loden , Shadia Qubti

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

2:30 PM: Panel Discussion:”Human Rights and Humanitarian Realities in Gaza”: Dr. Rev. Mae Elise Cannon and Abby Smardon

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 Julia Brown Karimu and Donita Keister

Location: West Front Capitol Lawn

*No chairs are available, we will be standing or sitting on the grass

7:00-9:30 PM: Film screening- Naila and the Uprising with Just Vision

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 – Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

Pilgrimage to Peace Speaking Events with Middle East Delegates around the United States

Download a PDF program at this link.