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

WCC: Armenians fleeing war find open doors as churches offer shelter and hope

Families seeking refuge in Armenia say the brutal six-week war in the Nagorno-Karabakh…

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Newsletter of the Reformed Church in Hungary – February 2021

Zoltán Balog Elected As President of RCH The constituting meeting of the newly elected…

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Sabeel Wave of Prayer: Week of Feb. 22, 2021

The Kumi Now online gathering on Tuesday, the 23rd of February at 6pm Jerusalem Time will…

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Mission Stories

Christmas 2020

Dear Friends and colleagues: Warm Christmas greetings to you and those you love and serve. While…

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My Virtual Service in Hungary

Claire Weihe served as a short-term volunteer during the COVID-19 pandemic. She shares how she was…

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Lebanon Hope

  Nishan Bakalian serves with the Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in Lebanon. His…

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