Recent Events:

SPU Chapel - Winter Quarter Week 6: Harm, Healing, and Hope | Seattle Pacific University | February 9, 2021

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon shares a message on harm, healing, and hope during SPU Chapel as part of their partnership with OIEX services.

Israel and the American Evangelical Movement | J Street | February 3, 2021

In decades past and especially under the Trump Administration, the American Christian Evangelical movement has played a significant role in influencing US policymaking related to Israel, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the wider Middle East. After contributing a substantial show of electoral support for Trump during the 2016 election, evangelicals were among those pushing for and celebrating controversial actions like the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and the administration’s many steps to legitimize and support the Israeli settlement movement. Why does this movement have such a vested interest in Israel’s political fate, and what are the beliefs, motivations and goals behind their advocacy efforts? This discussion will assess how the Evangelical movement has impacted the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to date - and what their involvement may look like going forward. The panel will be moderated by journalist Arianna Skibell and will feature Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace, and Greg Khalil, President and Co-Founder of Telos.

OIEX Diversity Lecture: Justice and Shalom | Seattle Pacific Univeristy | February 2, 2021

Last year, the Office of Inclusive Excellence launched the annual diversity lecture to bring thought leaders to Seattle Pacific University who can inspire and challenge individuals to engage the theological, cultural, and institutional aspects of this work. The exploration of this year’s theme, “Justice and Shalom,” seeks to practice grace-filled and spirit-led intercultural and ecumenical listening and, in doing so, seek a full understanding of God's vision of Shalom for all people and all creation. It also seeks to explore the role of Christian orthodoxy, orthopraxy, and orthopathy in the work of justice, and expand our imagination of what can be different coming out of this pandemic time and find application for our Gospel hope. This year’s speakers include, Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, Executive Director, Churches for MIddle East Peace, Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Professor of Theology, Earlham School of Religion, and Dr. Randy Woodley, Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture; Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies, Portland Seminary.

Where Do We Go From Here: How Do the Election Results Impact the Future of Peace in Israel and Palestine? | Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) & Combatants For Peace | November 10, 2020

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) joined leading experts to discuss the impact of the U.S. election result on the prospects for a just and lasting peace in Israel/Palestine. Moderated by CMEP’s Executive Director, Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, the panel of experts included: Jim Zogby, President and founder of the Arab American Institute, Lara Friedman, President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP), and Gaila Golan, leading member of Combatants for Peace. Go to for additional CMEP webinars on peacemaking in the Middle East.

In Conversation with Author, Mae Elise Cannon | Jesus People | October 28, 2020

Dominique Gilliard, Nikki Toyoma-Szeto, and Jedidiah Kim discuss Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon's new book. Beyond Hashtag Activism: Comprehensive Justice in a Complicated World!

How To Burn Bright, Not Burn Out on Social Justice: Spiritual Formation | New Wine, New Wine Skins | October 16, 2020

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon shares insights with New Wine, New Wineskins from years of leadership in the work of advocacy and justice. They discuss spiritual formation and its import for guarding against burn out so that we might burn bright in the marathon race of life.

Annexation 101 | NEME | June 19, 2020

What should we expect if Israel formally annexes large parts of the West Bank next month? Is this something American Christians, including Evangelicals, should support? Host Bruce Fisk and a panel of experts (Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, Heather Keaney, and Sam Bahour) explore what Israel’s proposed annexation of territory means, what it would change on the ground for Israelis and Palestinians, and why many around the world believe it would undermine the cause of a just peace in the Middle East.

Eastertide Meditation with His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos | CMEP | May 19, 2020

On 18 November 2017, His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos was enthroned as the first Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London. He specializes in advocacy work and youth ministry and travels around the world to speak at youth conventions. He was conferred the honor of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty The Queen for ‘Services to International Religious Freedom.’

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