Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & The Middle East

The Church covers Jerusalem, Iran, Egypt, Cyprus, and the Gulf. The Jerusalem bishopric was founded in 1841 and became an archbishopric in 1957. Reorganization in January 1976 ended the archbishopric and combined the Diocese of Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria with the Jerusalem bishopric after a nineteen-year separation. Around the same time, the new Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf was formed and the Diocese of Egypt was revived. The Cathedral Church of St George the Martyr in Jerusalem is known for its ministry to pilgrims. St George's College, Jerusalem, is in partnership with the Anglican Communion.



June 23, 2009

Dear Friends,

For six years, I have been honored to be Director of Government Relations for the Episcopal Church. During this time, my advocacy on behalf of the church has been centered on Middle East peace. I write to you now because for the first time in these six years there is an...

June 9, 2009

"It is the best of times and the worst of times," said Warren Clark, executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace, opening the organization's annual conference, "Israeli/Palestinian Peace: Hope For Things Unseen," held June 7-9 in the U.S. capital.

"We are meeting here this year...

June 3, 2009

The world's biggest grouping of churches is focusing on Israeli settlements and continuing hardships in Gaza as part of its "World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel."

The Geneva-based World Council of Churches reported activities in more than 40 countries, including Brazil, Germany...

June 3, 2009

A diverse group of U.S. Christian leaders has written to President Barack Obama following his historic June 4 speech in Cairo saying they stand ready to support "robust U.S. peacemaking efforts to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace."

Signed by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori...

May 22, 2009

President Barack Obama's efforts towards a two-state solution in Israel/Palestine and lasting peace in the Middle East continue to be a source of optimism for the global religious community.

In a May 17 letter to the White House, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori joined Jewish,...

April 16, 2009

While we usually concentrate our updates from Washington on legislative action, a new president and administration often take executive actions on important issues. Here is some of what President Obama and his Administration have done on issues of particular interest to The Episcopal Church. As...

March 26, 2009

Secretary Janet Napolitano Department of Homeland Security U.S. Department of Homeland Security Washington, DC 20528

Dear Secretary Napolitano:

We write to ask you to take action to end the discriminatory policies inhibiting the resettlement of one of the most vulnerable...

March 19, 2009

Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani, Greek Catholic Archbishop Elias Chacour and Lutheran Bishop Munib Younan were granted permission to enter Gaza March 10 to make a pastoral visit to the Al Ahli Arab Hospital, an institution of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.

Dawani and...

March 16, 2009

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu is among the signatories of a letter calling on the United Nations to open a war crimes inquiry into alleged abuses of international law during the recent Gaza conflict.

"We have seen at first hand the importance of investigating the truth and...

February 23, 2009

Beginning with his transition team in the days after Barack Obama's election November 4, and continuing now with his administration, members of the 44th U.S. president's administration have been routinely inviting representatives of faith communities to offer policy advice.