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Denominations of the Churches for Middle East Peace

By    |   Monday, 11 May 2015 04:55 PM

The Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) was formed in 1984. It is an organization of 22 national church groups and Christian denominations of the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant traditions. The CMEP aims to influence U.S. foreign policy by making the experience of its churches in the Middle East better known to government decision makers. The organization is tax-exempt, a nonprofit, and funding comes from individuals, local churches, national churches, and ecumenical groups.

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Representatives from each of the denominations are on the Board of Directors of the Churches for Middle East Peace. The Board of Directors is responsible for all policy, missions and positions supported by the CMEP. Decisions made by the group of churches and organizations is by consensus of the board.

The group encourages in-person meetings with politicians by members. The Churches for Middle East Peace see this as the best possible way for experiences and advice to be discussed with U.S. foreign policymakers. The CMEP is an ecumenical gathering and has ideas and experiences from many Christian traditions. It encourages work with Jewish and Muslim organizations as they see their work mainly affecting the peoples of those faiths in the Middle East.

The CMEP website has assembled ideas to help members and fellow Christians to act as peacemakers. These spiritual, worship and educational resources are for individuals or congregations to help in learning and engagement with others. Each year the CMEP holds an Advocacy Conference in Washington to educate members and help engagement with political representatives.

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The 17 churches currently aligned with the Churches for Middle East Peace are:
1. Alliance of Baptists

2. American Baptist Churches USA

3. Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

4. Armenian Orthodox Church

5. Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

6. Christian Reformed Church

7. Church of the Brethern

8. The Episcopal Church

9. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

10. Franciscan Friars (OFM)

11. Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

12. Moravian Church in America

13. Presbyterian Church, USA

14. Reformed Church in America

15. Unitarian Universalist Association

16. United Church of Christ

17. United Methodist Church
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