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What Denominations are Represented in the Middle East Council of Churches

By    |   Monday, 11 May 2015 03:03 PM

The Middle East Council of Churches is an umbrella group for all the Christian faiths in the Middle East. In 1962, the Protestant churches and missions came together to form the Near East Christian Council.

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Dialogue began in 1964 with the Orthodox churches to try form an ecumenical organization. In 1972, a constitution was drafted which allowed for talks towards the formation of a council. At the first general assembly held at Nicosia, Cyprus, in early 1974, the Middle East Council of Churches came into being with very little difficulty.

At that first assembly the Eastern Orthodox, the Oriental Orthodox and the Protestant churches were the pioneering members. The Latin and Oriental Catholic churches joined the Council in 1990. Each branch of Christianity on the Council has equal membership of governing bodies and of the general assembly. The faiths decide on their own membership to the Council of Churches.

According to The Middle East Council of Churches website, it represents over 14 million Christians in more than 12 countries and has 27 churches in the organization.

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The members of the Middle East Council of Churches by denomination are:
  • Evangelical
  • Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East.
  • The Evangelical Synod of the Nile
  • Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East
  • National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon
  • National Evangelical Union of Lebanon
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan
  • National Evangelical Church in Kuwait
  • The Synod of the Evangelical Church in Iran
  • Evangelical Church in Sudan
  • Episcopal Church in the Sudan
  • Presbyterian Church in the Sudan
  • Protestant Church in Algeria
  • Eglise Reformee de France en Tunise 
  • Catholic
  • Armenian Catholic Church of Cilicia
  • Chaldean Catholic Church of Babylon
  • Greek Catholic Melchite Church of Antioch, Alexandria, and Jerusalem
  • Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
  • Maronite Church of Antioch
  • Syrian Catholic Church of Antioch
  • Coptic Catholic Church of Alexandria
  • Eastern Orthodox
  • Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus
  • Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa
  • Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and All the East
  • Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem Oriental Orthodox
  • Armenian Apostolic Church
  • Coptic Orthodox Church
  • Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East
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