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

Upcoming webinar with YWCA of Palestine

Join an upcoming webinar on Friday, May 14 at 10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern with guests from…

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Sabeel Wave of Prayer: Week of May 3, 2021

This week’s Kumi Now considered the threats of censorship and violence suffered by Palestinian…

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Global Ministries joins ecumenical call to Secretary Blinken: Halt the displacement of Palestinians

In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, twelve churches and Christian agencies -…

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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 appointment…

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