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CHURCHES FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE (CMEP)

Working Together: Justice can prevail. Peace is possible.

Washington, DC   |  www.cmep.org

Mission

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is a coalition of 30 national Church denominations and organizations, including Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant traditions.  It works to encourage U.S. government 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.

Ruling year info

1998

Principal Officer

Mae Cannon

Main address

110 Maryland Ave NE

Washington, DC 20002 USA

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EIN

52-2112331

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (Q01)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CMEP works to mobilize U.S. Christians church organizations, leaders and individuals nationwide to advocate in a knowledgeable, timely, and effective way for equality, human rights, security, and justice for Israelis, Palestinians, and all peoples of 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 policy positions; public statements and letters; and learning who we are as organizations; partners; and individuals.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grassroots Advocacy Project (GAP)

CMEP organizes local leaders across the US to educate, update and engage others in their own community to be peacemakers in regards to the conflict in the Holy Land.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of policy guidelines or proposals developed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Grassroots Advocacy Project (GAP)

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is organized to educate and give witness to principles of peace and justice in the Middle East on behalf of its religious constituencies by advocating within the

Number of press articles published

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The massive spike in press articles published is directly correlated to the work CMEP engaged in after the horrific events of October 7, 2023, the Israeli response, and the ongoing fallout since.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

CMEP works to mobilize US Christians to embrace a holistic perspective and to be advocates of equality, human rights, security, and justice for Israelis, Palestinians, and all people of the Middle East.

CMEP began its work in 1984 believing that the policy perspectives and experience in the Middle East of our member communions and organizations should be better known and directly influence U.S. foreign policy. Our work is based on the understanding that sound and holistic U.S. policy is crucial to achieving and maintaining just and stable relationships in the Middle East.

Churches for Middle East Peace serves American Christians and peacemakers in the Middle East through programs that educate, elevate, and advocate.
CMEP works to educate the broader US Christian community by providing opportunities to learn about a holistic approach to advocating for peace in the Middle East. These opportunities include speaking events across the U.S.; Pilgrimage to Peace (P2P) – CMEP’s domestic awareness tours with speaker from Israel, the Palestinian territories, and the broader Middle East; multi-narrative trips to the region; resources for churches and small groups; and CMEP1835 - CMEP’s youth engagement program.
CMEP seeks to elevate the voices of peacemakers in the Middle East through communicating with and supporting over 40 local and international initiatives, NGOs, and local authorities in Israel/Palestine. CMEP leads trips to the Middle East, facilitated by Mejdi Tours,which provide the chance to hear multi-narrative perspectives through the use of two local guides, one Israeli and one Palestinian.
CMEP works to advocate for more holistic and just U.S. policies toward the Arab World through organizing Government meetings, providing its networks with Action Alerts to reach out to their Congressional offices; and national and regional Advocacy Summits - where attendees have the opportunity to hear about the realities of the conflict, meet and network with others interested in peacebuilding in the Middle East, and learn about how their faith can integrate into social action.

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.

In 2019, CMEP hosted 2 national advocacy summits in Washington, D.C. as well as regional events throughout the U.S., including the Grand Rapids Area, MI; Minneapolis, MN; Albany, NY; Atlanta, GA; Norman, OK; Wilmington, DE; Naperville, IL; and New York City.

So far in 2020, CMEP hosted its annual advocacy summit “Equal in God’s Eyes: Human Rights and Dignity for All in Israel/Palestine” on June 22, 2020 now accessible as a digital conference. The summit focused on how hope has never faded as CMEP has worked to mobilize US Christians to be advocates for equality, human rights, security, and justice for all people. We look forward to And Still We Rise Holy Land: Elevating Global Voices for a Just Middle East summit, to be held in Jericho, February 4-6, 2021.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

CHURCHES FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE (CMEP)
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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CHURCHES FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE (CMEP)

Board of directors
as of 04/17/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Russel Testa

Franciscan Friars (OFM)

Term: 2023 - 2025


Board co-chair

Peter Makari

United Church of Christ/Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Term: 2024 - 2024

Katherine Metres Akbar

Alliance of Baptists

Rev. William T. Young IV

American Baptist Churches, USA

Fr. Thomas Zain

Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America

Archbishop Vicken Aykazian

Armenian Orthodox Church

Rev. David Zigterman

Christian Reformed Church

Rev. Nate Hosler

Church of the Brethren

George Devendorf

Church World Service

Paul Feheley

Episcopal Church

Erikka Hedberg

Evangelical Covenant Church

Dennis Frado

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

Nikki Toyama- Szetzo

Evangelicals for Social Action (observer)

Russ Testa

Franciscan Friars (OFM)

Hassan El-Tayyab

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Maria Kouroupas

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Rev. Sue Koenig

Moravian Church in America

Tony Kireopoulos

National Council of Churches

Catherine Gordon

Presbyterian Church, USA

Rev. Laura Osborne

Reformed Church in America

Vacant Vacant

Unitarian Universalist Association

Peter Makari

United Church of Christ and the Christian Church

Holly Metcalf

United Methodist Church, General Board of Church & Society

David Wildman

United Methodist Church, General Board of Global Ministries

Tatiana Dwyer

United Methodist Church

Mark Harrison

United Methodist Church Board of Church and Society

Tatiana Dwyer

United Methodist Church, United Women in Faith

Jennifer Bing

American Friends Service Committee

Steve Kellogg

Community of Christ

Dr. Andrea Smith

Evangelicals 4 Justice

Rev. Emmett Dunn

Lott Carey Foreign Missionary Society

Susan Gunn

Maryknoll Office for Global Concern

Tyrone Pitts

Progressive National Baptists

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/17/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/17/2024

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.