Council Attends US Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

MECC Evangelical Family President, Rev. Dr. Habib Badr, attended the Ministerial on behalf of the Council where he met with International Religious Freedom Ambassador-At-Large Sam Brownback and issued a statement that called for acting towards peace in the region.


Eastern Church Leaders & MECC Join His Holiness Pope Francis in Bari for Ecumenical Prayer Service

The Council and Heads of Churches participated in a special ecumenical prayer service to pray together for peace in the Middle East.

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MECC Catholic Family President, HB Patriarch Sako Appointed Cardinal by Pope Francis

MECC Acting Secretary General, Dr. Souraya Bechealany, wrote on behalf of the Council and General Secretariat to offer the Council’s best wishes to HB Patriarch Sako in this new endeavor.


MECC Hosts 2018 Partners Meeting, 8-10 May in Lebanon

The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) hosted its annual Partners Meeting, 8-10 May, 2018 at Deir Saydet el Bir in Bkennaya, Lebanon, welcoming both local and global partners to engage with the organization and commit to being a part of its mission and work.

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MECC Eastern Orthodox Family President & Acting Secretary General Attend Global Christian Forum’s Third Global Gathering

MECC President for the Eastern Orthodox Family, His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, and MECC Acting Secretary General, Dr. Souraya Bechealany, attended the Global Christian Forum’s Third Global Gathering in Bogotá, Colombia April 24-27, 2018.


MECC in Solidarity With Holy Land Churches’ Decision to Close Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Protest

The Middle East Council of Churches calls upon the relevant authorities to preserve the prevailing customs of the Holy city of Jerusalem.


MECC Appoints Dr. Souraya Bechealany as Acting Secretary General

The Middle East Council of Churches welcomed its Executive Committee to Antonine University in Baabda, Lebanon where representatives from all four ecclesiastical families took up the business of the Council, including the appointment of an Acting Secretary General.

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan & the Holy Land Appoints New Bishop

The Rev. Sani Ibrahim Charlie Azar was appointed Bishop of the ELCJHL following the retirement of Bishop Emeritus Munib Younan, who served in the role for 20 years. (photo credit: Ben Gray/ELCJHL)


MECC Launches Bridges to Bethlehem Christmas Documentary Series

The Middle East Council of Churches is proud to announce the Bridges to Bethlehem Christmas documentary series. This series of 12 short documentaries showcases the rich diversity of tradition surrounding the celebration of the coming of the Christ child across the Middle East.


Churches for Middle East Peace “Choosing Hope” Advent Webinar

Watch MECC Secretary General, Fr. Dr. Michel Jalakh, Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb and Rev. Najla Kassab discuss the current realities faced by Christians living in the Holy Land and how to choose hope this Advent season.


MECC Stands Together With Member Churches Opposing US Jerusalem Decision

Heads of Churches in Jerusalem issued a joint-statement condemning the official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital & the moving of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv.


Chaldean Patriarch Sako Calls on Iraqi Leaders to Wage Peace, Not War

The Head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, Patriarch Louis Raffael Sako, called on Iraqi leaders in Baghdad and Erbil to put people before oil profits in their evolving political calculations concerning the future of Iraq.


Event: 1 September, International Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

MECC invites you to an ecumenical prayer service in celebration of God’s creation. His Beatitude, Patriarch Mar Youssef Absi, head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, will preside over the service.

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Jerusalem Patriarchate Condemns Jaffa Gate Case Ruling as Unjust

His Beatitude, Patriarch Theophilos III rejected the ruling handed down by the Israeli Central Court in the “Bab al-Khalil” case, arguing the decision in favor of the Ateret Cohanim settlement group can only be explained as political.

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Archbishop Youssef Absi Elected Patriarch of Melkite Greek Catholic Church

A special Synod of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, convened to choose new leadership, has elected His Eminence, Archbishop Youssef Absi, as its next Patriarch. Archbishop Absi will succeed His Beatitude, Patriach Gregorius III Laham.

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MECC Calls for Justice Following Recent Attacks on Coptic Church

MECC Secretary General Fr. Jalakh called for justice after the assault of a bus of Christians in Egypt on 26 May, and sent prayers as the Coptic community seeks to heal from another attack on their presence in Minya.

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LETTER OF SOLIDARITY: Manchester Attacks

Read MECC Secretary General Jalakh’s letter of solidarity to the Archbishop of Canterbury in light of last week’s terrorist attack in Manchester, England.

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MECC Condemns Palm Sunday Terrorist Attacks on Coptic Churches in Egypt

The Council condemns this weekend’s barbaric terrorist attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt on Palm Sunday, which led to the deaths of more than 40 unarmed Christian worshipers.

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MECC Staff Members Participate in One Lebanon’s 2017 Annunciation Day Video Campaign

One Lebanon, a Lebanese NGO promoting social cohesion and unity in the country, produced a video campaign for Annunciation Day — celebrated in Lebanon as the world’s only Islamo-Christian shared holiday — which features participants from all of Lebanon’s 17 Christian and Muslim sects. MECC staff members, Nina Hallak (Roman Catholic) and Antranik Manoukian (Armenian Orthodox) were two of the video’s featured participants.


MECC News: Secretary General Fr. Jalakh Appointed to WCC & Catholic Church Joint Working Group on Peace Building

Fr. Michel Jalakh has been appointed as an external expert to the theme group ‘Peace Building in Situations of Violence: The Role of Religion, Culture and Dialogue’.

Partner News: WCC & NCA Publish ‘The Protection Needs of Minorities From Syria And Iraq’ Report

The World Council of Churches (WCC) and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) have published the full report of their study on ‘The Protection Needs of Minorities from Syria and Iraq’, which is available in both English and Arabic for download.


Recap: January 2017 Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee of the Middle East Council of Churches met in Beirut, Lebanon, 16-17 January for the first of its bi-annual meetings in 2017.

Recap: 2016 MECC General Assembly

Member churches, staff and representatives of the Middle East Council of Churches gathered in Amman, Jordan for its 11th General Assembly, 6-8 September, 2016.

Diakonia & Capacity Building Workshop

The Middle East Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches hosted 47 representatives for a workshop on strategic planning for Diakonia programs and efforts.

MECC Secretary General at the Vatican

The Secretary General of the MECC, Fr. Dr. Michel Jalakh, participated  in a special interfaith audience at the Vatican in Rome, November 2-3, 2016.