CMEP works to encourage U.S. policies that actively promote a just, lasting, and comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, ensuring security, human rights and religious freedom for all the people of the region.
Who We Are
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.
CMEP is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization funded by individuals, local churches and organizations, national churches and ecumenical organizations. CMEP is registered in the District of Columbia with EIN # 52-2112331. The latest available financial information for CMEP can be found on GuideStar.com.
What We Do
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 invite you to learn more about CMEP and the work we do by reading our public letters and statements, learning who we are as organizations, partners and individuals, and hearing what leaders on the Hill think of our work for peace.
If you are interested in faith-based lobbying overall, here is a PEW Research report on who, how and what is being done in Washington.
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. Specific policy positions are also available. Click here.
- [CMEP Bulletin] UN Issues Report on Gaza War; Israel Calls It Biased
- [National Event] "1913: Seeds of Conflict" June 30 PBS Broadcast
- [CMEP Bulletin] Former Israeli Ambassador Criticizes Obama
- [CMEP Bulletin] A Call for Peace Negotiations – But Qualified
- [Action] Stand for Palestinian Children; Urge Your MoC to Sign Letter