Middle East and Europe

Middle East and Europe

Learn About The Middle East Initiative 

Jesus was a Middle Easterner, as were the first Christian missionaries—James, Peter, Paul, Mark, and Thomas among them. Our Christian faith ties us to the Middle East, where Christ was born; and to Europe, to which Christianity spread and underwent historic reform. As North American churches in the Reformed tradition, our faith heritage—and for many, our family roots—are grounded in the Middle East and Europe.

Global Ministries is part of this rich Christian heritage, steeped in UCC and Disciples missionary history of more than two centuries. The first Congregational missionaries to the Middle East left for Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey), Beirut, and Jerusalem in 1819; the first Disciples missionary went to Jerusalem in 1849. They found living and witnessing Christian communities there, even as they discovered great ecumenical and interfaith diversity.

Today, our Middle Eastern and European partners offer important witness in contexts of diverse religious traditions—and of changing religious landscapes. We are blessed to accompany many churches, faith-based organizations, and institutions in the Middle East and Europe as they strive to:

  • Support human rights and promote human dignity; 
  • Advocate for justice and peace in contexts of conflict; engage in interfaith dialogue; 
  • Respond to the needs of people impacted by emergencies, including natural disasters and war; 
  • Promote community and economic development; 
  • Provide opportunities for education—from primary schools through seminaries and universities; 
  • Witness to their faith even in challenging contexts.

Helpful resources from the Middle East and Europe Office

General Synod/Assembly Resolutions Related to the Middle East

Interfaith Relations Resources

Middle East and Europe News

Sabeel Wave of Prayer: Week of Aug. 8, 2022

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Sabeel Wave of Prayer: Week of Aug. 1, 2022

Kumi Now marks the ‘International Day of the World’s Indigenous People” on Tuesday, the 9th…

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CMEP Alert: Ask Your Senator to Cosponsor the Yemen War Powers Resolution

The seven-year Saudi-led war and blockade in Yemen have resulted in what the United Nations has…

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Mission Stories

Recovery and Return

Victor and Sara Makari serve the Diyar Consortium in Israel/Palestine. Wars and rumors of war….

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Spring: Circling Back to Hope

Emmanuela Loccident serves with the Evangelical Church of Morocco. If this is the first…

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Celebrating Epiphany in Lebanon

Leda Zakarison serves with the Forum for Development, Culture, and Dialogue, Beirut, Lebanon. I…

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