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Pilgrimage to Peace


Join Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), as she hosts a conversation with Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth from Israel and Aziz Abu Sarah, a Palestinian-American, about multi-faith dialogue and engagement in constructive conflict, peace and the reality of life in Israel and Palestine.

Our diverse heritages provoke a desire for peace and justice in the Holy Land, the birthplace of our faiths. For many, a neglected element of our faith is understanding the role we can play in hosting dialogues about disagreements and becoming peacemakers and reconcilers in the midst of conflict. We believe we can bring hope to broken communities throughout the world — even to Israel and Palestine.

Formed in 1984, Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) is a coalition of 27 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 people of the Middle East.

Free and open to the public.
Pre-registration is not necessary for this event.

About Churches for Middle East Peace

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) promotes space for constructive conflict that can help lead to a comprehensive resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Guided by deep faith, religious commitments, and humanitarian principles, CMEP is committed to peace and justice for all people, including Palestinians and Israelis. As speakers of different faith traditions — Jewish, Christian, and Muslim — CMEP cares deeply for people who are marginalized and living in poverty. They take seriously their protection in times of conflict. Their message emphasizes compassion while upholding justice in pursuit of security, freedom, and dignity for all the people of the Holy Land.

CMEP supports the peace-building and advocacy work of Israeli and Palestinians committed to constructive conflict and building bridges across divides. They work to promote peace and reconciliation between all people of the land. CMEP believes in supporting Jews, Muslims, and Christians, as they courageously pursue a radical calling toward both justice and peace.

About the Speakers

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon is the executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace and is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). Cannon formerly served as the senior director of Advocacy and Outreach for World Vision U.S. in Washington, DC; as consultant to the Middle East for child advocacy issues for Compassion International in Jerusalem; as the executive pastor of Hillside Covenant Church in CA; and as director of development and transformation for extension ministries at Willow Creek Community Church in IL. Cannon holds an MDiv from North Park Theological Seminary, an MBA from North Park University's School of Business and Nonprofit Management, and an MA in bioethics from Trinity International University. She received her doctorate in American History with a minor in Middle Eastern studies at the University of California (Davis) focusing on the history of the American Protestant church in Israel and Palestine. Her work has been highlighted in CNN, Chicago Tribune, Christianity Today, Leadership Magazine, The Christian Post, Jerusalem Post, EU Parliament Magazine, Huffington Post and other international media outlets.

Aziz Abu Sarah

Aziz Abu Sarah is an entrepreneur, speaker, peace builder and author. He is a National Geographic Explorer and a TED Fellow. In 2009, Aziz co-founded MEJDI Tours, a cultural exploration vehicle for an ever-changing travel market. He is a seasoned tourism professional with over a decade of experience in the industry. In 2014, he gave a TED Talk about his vision for redefining tourism. You can view the talk here. Aziz has spoken at countless of international organizations and universities, including The United Nations, Nexus, TED, BMW, European Parliament, Georgetown, Yale and Harvard. He has published articles in The New York Times, National Geographic, TED, Haaretz, the Jerusalem Post and others and regularly analysis for CNN, Fox, and Aljazeera among others. Aziz is the recipient of the Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East from the Institute of International Education, the European Parliament’s Silver Rose Award, the Eisenhower Medallion, and the Eliav-Sartawi Award for his Middle Eastern Journalism. He was named one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the World by the Royal Strategic Centre in Jordan for multiple years. He won the Intercultural innovation award from the UN Alliance of Civilizations and the BMW Group. He was also recognized by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon for his work in peace building.

Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth

Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth is the director of the Mosaica Center’s Religious Peace Initiative as well as the director of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution, based in Jerusalem. Roth teaches courses on religion and peace building at Bar-Ilan University’s Conflict Resolution, Management and Negotiation Graduate Program, as well as at Tel Aviv University’s International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, and at Hebrew University’s Coexistence in the Middle East summer program. Roth is also the founder of the 9AdarProject: Jewish Week of Constructive Conflict, known in Israel as DiburHadash: The Israeli Week of Mediation and Dialogue, and a regular lecturer of MEJDI (multi-narrative) Tours and National Geographic. Roth was a senior research fellow at George Mason University’s Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution. He holds a Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University’s Conflict Resolution Program, MA in Talmud from Hebrew University, B.Ed in Jewish Philosophy and Talmud from Herzog Teachers’ College, and studied for eight years in Yeshivat Har-Etzion during which time he received rabbinic ordination.

This event is presented by The Southeast Michigan Synod ELCA Task Force for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land in partnership with Churches for Middle East Peace.