St. Mark’s Mid-East Working Group

The St. Mark’s Mid-East Working Group (MEWG) works for peace, reconciliation, and justice for the people of Palestine and Israel by promoting greater understanding of historic and current issues in the Middle East; partnering with peace-seeking individuals and groups in all faith communities, both here and abroad; supporting our Anglican brothers and sisters in the Holy Land; promoting relevant policies adopted by the Episcopal Church; and recommending that St. Mark’s advocate for additional, appropriate policies and actions by the Episcopal Church and the U.S. government.

The working group was founded in June 2009. A coordinating committee from the congregation guides its work. Activities include bimonthly e-mail alerts about relevant events and links to articles of interest, a reading group, speakers, panel discussions, and films about the Middle East and the search for peace there.

Read the Mid-East Working Group’s charter, which includes an addendum on the “Scriptural and Ecclesiastical Context” for our work.

Learn more about St. Mark’s activities with Good Neighbors Capitol Hill, and the program for Refugee Resettlement.

To sign up for the MEWG e-mail list, contact Mandy Paust.
To reach the MEWG co-chairs, contact

Upcoming events

Olivewood Ornament and Olive Oil Sale in December

The Mid-East Working Group is again selling olivewood and olive oil during Advent. This year the proceeds will benefit St. Luke’s Hospital in Nablus. Located in the West Bank, it is the only charitable hospital in Nablus, serving a community of 350,000, including a large Palestinian refugee camp. Travel restrictions and checkpoints make everyday life difficult for the people of Nablus and surrounding communities so ready access to comprehensive, quality health care at a local hospital is crucial. St. Mark’s is joining St. John’s Episcopal Church Norwood to help pay salaries for nurses.

Products will be available in Baxter Hall on Sundays in December. To learn more, contact Maureen Shea.

Related links

Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Jerusalem Partnership

Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

Churches for Middle East Peace