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

Summer Movie Night in the Parish Hall

Saturday, August 10 at 6:30 pm

The Mid-East Working Group and the 2019 Pilgrimage Group invite you to join us for a light supper and viewing of two short documentary films created by Israelis and Palestinians. These films and our conversations provide another means of participation in the dual narrative experience of our Pilgrimage. All are welcome! To plan for the caterer, please RSVP to Karen Getman. A basket for donations will help defray costs for the meal and non-alcoholic beverage. Feel free to BYOB for sharing with tablemates.

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