CMEP helps church organizations, leaders and individuals nationwide advocate in a knowledgeable, timely, balanced, and effective way to express their concerns about justice and peace for all peoples in the region. CMEP activists, board and staff engage directly with policy makers at every level.
We support a comprehensive solution that will bring lasting peace and justice to the region, including a negotiated peace agreement, establishing security for the State of Israel, creating a viable independent Palestinian state, and reaching an agreement on Jerusalem that allows the city to be shared by Israelis and Palestinians, and open to Jews, Christians and Muslims. In addition, peace in the Middle East strengthens U.S. national security and is therefore of vital national interest.
CMEP is a coalition of 22 national Church denominations and organizations in Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant traditions. Each of these denominations and organizations is represented on the CMEP Board of Directors, which sets CMEP's mission, positions and policy. Decisions are made by consensus of this group.
CMEP began its work in 1984 believing that the policy perspectives and experience in the Middle East of our member churches and organizations should be better known and directly influence U.S. foreign policy. Our work is based on the understanding that sound and balanced U.S. policy is crucial to achieving and maintaining just and stable relationships in the Middle East.
What We Do
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is organized for the charitable and educational purposes of giving witness to principles of peace and justice in the Middle East on behalf of its religious constituencies, recognizing and embodying their policy statements, and advocating positions that seek to: 1. realize the vision of a region where two viable states, Israel and Palestine, live side-by-side within secure and recognized borders; 2. promote the sharing of an undivided Jerusalem by the two peoples -- Israelis and Palestinians -- and by the three religious communities that call it sacred; 3. encourage negotiated, just, and peaceful resolutions to conflicts in the region; 4. promote the right of people to live in peace and security, free of fears of harassment, oppression, and violence; 5. encourage the demilitarization of conflicts and help to establish the Middle East as a region free of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons; 6. foster respect for human rights based on full observance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, human rights covenants of the United Nations, and the Geneva Conventions; 7. encourage equitable development and humanitarian assistance to the region by the United States and other nations; 8 . promote the rights, and meet the humanitarian needs, of refugees and displaced persons in the region; 9. support the United Nations in playing an important role in seeking a just resolution of problems and the maintenance of a region without conflict; 10. recognize the religious importance of the region to Jews, Christians, and Muslims and protect the religious freedom of all.