Churches for Middle East Peace
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Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is a coalition of 21 public policy offices of national churches and agencies – Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant. Founded in 1984, CMEP began its work out of the conviction that the policy perspectives and long Middle East experience of its members (including the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church [Disciples of Christ]) should be more widely known in the public policy arena. CMEP seeks to maintain an ongoing dialogue with Congress, the government’s Administration, and the diplomatic community to advance such concerns, assessments, and advocacy positions.
CMEP’s work focuses on Washington and the knowledge that sound United States policy is crucial to achieving and maintaining just and stable relationships throughout the Middle East. In addition, the coalition seeks to help the member organizations advocate in a knowledgeable, timely and effective way their concerns about justice and peace for all people and countries in the Middle East region. Among CMEP’s principal advocacy concerns are: the avoidance and resolution of armed conflicts, human rights, arms control, and foreign aid.
More specifically, CMEP also advocates positions that encourage negotiated, just and peaceful resolutions to conflicts in the Middle East, especially in Jerusalem; encourage the demilitarization of conflicts, and help to establish the Middle East as a region free of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons; promote the rights, and meet the humanitarian needs, of refugees and displaced persons in the area; and recognize the religious importance of the Middle East to Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike, and protect the religious freedom of all.
Churches for Middle East Peace is in need of funding to continue its important work in advocating for a better, more stable Middle East. Gifts for this purpose may be directed to: