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.



February 20, 2009

U.S. House of Representatives members Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota) and Brian Baird (D-Washington) met February 18 with Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Suheil S. Dawani prior to their visit to Gaza.

Ellison and Baird met Dawani in Doha, Qatar, during the 2009 U.S. Islamic World Forum. Dawani...

February 5, 2009

Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani, along with Lutheran bishop Mounib Younan, on February 4 were denied entry into Gaza by Israeli authorities.

Both bishops were intending to make a pastoral visit to the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, an institution of the Episcopal Diocese of...

February 4, 2009

Anglicans in Egypt are vital for bridge-building between Christians and Muslims, says the Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler, an Episcopal Church mission partner who has spent the last five years as priest of a suburban church in Cairo.

"Anglicans in this part of the world have a disproportionate...

February 2, 2009

With the goal of building understanding and respect between cultures and faiths, the creative work of 18 Arab and Western artists was officially unveiled on January 29 at St. John the Baptist Anglican/Episcopal Church in the suburban Maadi district of Cairo, Egypt.

"On a Caravan: East...

January 27, 2009

January 27, 2009

President Barack Hussein Obama The White House Washington, DC 20270

Dear Mr. President:

We write as Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders of the National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East (NILI) to offer...

January 20, 2009

The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem issued an update January 20, two days after a temporary cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas ended a 22-day military operation in Gaza that left more than 1,200 dead and thousands injured. The Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City continues to bring hope...

January 20, 2009

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) said January 19 that the recently announced temporary cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas is a "much-needed end to the unbearable violence of recent weeks."

The coalition, which includes 22 Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant national...

January 14, 2009

Domestic Policy

Health Care Reform: Several coalitions of faith groups, unions, think tanks, and social policy advocates have been formed to provide principles for achieving comprehensive health care reform that provides universal access to health care. Although it is by no means clear...

January 13, 2009

Mr. Samuel Witten, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. Department of State Ms. Barbara Strack, Chief of the Refugee Affairs Division, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security President George W. Bush, The White...

January 8, 2009

The Rt. Rev. Suheil S. Dawani, Anglican bishop in Jerusalem, issued the following statement about the situation in Gaza and the Al Ahli Arab Hospital, an institution of the Diocese of Jerusalem that is struggling to provide critical healthcare to anyone in need.



At a...