Welcome to Advent!

As familiar as the Christmas story is, it can be hard to relate to a story that seems so far removed from our wrapping paper and bows. CMEP invites you to consider and reflect on two questions: What is it like growing up in the Holy Land today? What experiences would be similar or different from your childhood or from children in your community? Click here to read more.

God of mercy and compassion, of grace and...

...reconciliation, pour your power upon all your children in the Middle East: Jews, Muslims and Christians, Palestinians and Israelis. Let hatred be turned into love, fear to trust, despair to hope, oppression to freedom, occupation to liberation, that violent encounters may be replaced by loving embraces and peace and justice could be experienced by all. -Rev. Said Ailabouni, ELCA

IDF Says Abbas Not to Blame for Current Violence

Disagreeing with Netanyahu, the head of Israeli Military Intelligence, Maj. General Herzl Halevi said that Abbas has taken measures to keep things quiet and prevent attacks on Israelis. Click here for more.

Learn. Pray. Act. Repeat.

Letting your Members of Congress know your concerns about peace in the Holy Land is the most important action you can take as an advocate.

Sharing why you care is effective in helping to make your concerns have an impact. Be specific about what moved you to be concerned. Instead of talking about peace in general, write about a person you know that would have a better life if there was a just, lasting, and comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Say why peace matters to you, not why it should matter to them. Click here to take action today.

You could also send them a Christmas or seasonal card letting them know your prayers for peace and their leadership in making it happen.



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This season CMEP will be using graphics from the new Christmas card CMEP commissioned from Palestinian artist Zaki Baboun.